Wednesday was good this week. I was mentoring Year 10 Business students at the Robert Smyth Academy in Market Harborough on their second Enterprise Day. The day revolved around the students working together making promotional material and products for music festivals. They also had to pitch their products to fellow students, teachers, support staff and mentors in the afternoon.
The really great thing was that students weren’t allowed to use computers at all. They had to talk to each other and share ideas. Everything was written and drawn on paper. When it came to making products, materials came from shops at each end of the corridor of classrooms that were run by staff. There was great excitement and energy with plenty of students bustling up and down the corridor, bartering, shouting and enjoying the day. Purchase orders were filled out for each item, with budgets being recorded and maintained. Students used actual thinking and communication skills.
It was fantastic to be a part of the day and support the students with real world advice and experience, seeing young people talking in groups, making things, drawing posters and working together. We only used computers to play music throughout the day.
It proved you don’t need phones and tablets to get ideas, create or communicate. Now, I’m sure that as soon as they were on breaks students had their phones out, and social media were in control. BUT, when in the classroom and pitching to each other in the main hall, you hardly saw or heard a mobile. One student in my room did get their phone out, but that was to use the calculator function.
Ironically, my phone mysteriously ran out of power just after I arrived at the academy. I didn’t miss it. I had really good conversations with amazing people, making genuine connections, which are far more valuable to me.
Get out there, interact, volunteer, work with others!
See you next week, Morgan.