E-Discovery “The Beginning”
has been a great experience for my students at ECMS. The first year is always
the hardest. There have been lots of learning experiences. However, each
experience will help us to be more successful as the program continues in the
future. My students have all be excited to complete the program. The final
products were wonderful and helped the students to learn some valuable lessons.
In the business reflections
and final group presentations students seemed to mostly grasp the idea of
“demand”. Students that sold snow cones on hot sunny days were the most
successful. Snow cones were something they could offer at breaks and after-school events that no one else was selling and there was a demand from both
adults and children for a cool refreshment. The group that was the least
successful and did not get a return on their investment was decorative socks.
The really looked great but what it all came down to was demand, and there
wasn’t much for “splatter socks”.
Students learned a lot of other
valuable lessons that they expressed when presenting their final group
Groups were dissolved after some really hard work because they
simply could not get along.
Other fees are included in starting a business such as envelopes,
markers, glue and poster board to advertise your product. Those costs also come
out of your bottom line profits.
It takes hard work to get even the simplest business started.
Starting a business and making a product takes TIME!
The biggest lesson that I have learned
from this program that I will change next year is the timing. Snow days, flood
days, and testing really put some constraints on us. Our program was set to
begin in March. Because of snow we were not able to begin until April. Because
of testing and the final day of school being moved up we had to move our sales
event up and sell at school instead of the Memorial Days Festival. The event
itself was successful. However, had it been during a festival we would have had
more traffic and the student would have made more profits. Next year we are
planning on starting first semester. This will give us time to create and sell
products and a school event that has students, parents and the general public.
We are already in discussion of some dates!
Another great think I have
learned about this project is what a GREAT community we have. I have businesses
offering to donate items for the sales, parents offering to pay for the start up
costs so that their child’s group can be even more successful. What a great
community that we live in where businesses and parents are willing to support
their future leaders in any way that they can.