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As an accounting teacher how to motivate students?

May 14, 2013 2:36am

Students seem that they don NOT like the subject because they feel that there will be no good career
How to motivate them and what are the best teaching methods to attain more?


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    • May 14, 2013 6:26am

      I love real world application with students. For example, maybe you could have each student choose a salary out of a hat (i.e, firefighter, $52,000 or NBA player, $200 million) and then have them create a budget, buy a house online the figure mortgage, etc... allowing them to see principles of accounting in their own hypothetical life may make them want to learn more about it. Accounting is not just a career - it's also about good money management. Make that connection and it will be more relevant.

      Good luck!

      • May 14, 2013 3:22pm

        I'm with Katie, anything that you can make relevant to real life can make it more interesting and motivating. When I was in high school we did this month long project that involved forming a corporation (including buying shares with our own money) and competed against other periods. There was one week of "sales" where we prepared and sold food during lunch and break and we had to advertise, rent space, plan and shop for food and come up with competitive pricing. If the corporation made money then it was returned to you based on how many shares you bought. Everyone looked forward to doing that project when they were seniors and it left such an impression on me and taught me so much.

        • May 18, 2013 9:16pm

          If one teaches accounting, one could connect it to their lives by having the class or groups of students start some type of business, whether real or not and have them do real applications of accounting principles. Nothing lights up a student's life than seeing what they do in class have real world applications. maybe the students could make a simple product or operate a simple service.