JA Lessons, Simulations Motivate Students

For Larry Cecio, an academic program director and the co-founder of Village Gate School in Encinitas, Calif., his school's first trip to JA BizTown was very memorable. Prior to their visit, Cecio applied the concepts taught in JA BizTown's preparatory lessons into his daily classroom activities for his 18 students, using simulations before his class visited JA BizTown.

Jen Fisher, the JA BizTown Education Manager at Junior Achievement of San Diego County, said that Cecio has embraced a fun use of principles students learn through the JA BizTown program. Cecio taught students to use a basic budget. He "paid" students for assisting in the classroom and doing chores. Students then purchased wanted snacks or activities using checkbooks. Larry has been having fun, running his class like it's a JA BizTown.

Every morning he deposits money into [students?] checking accounts and the kids have to write checks for everything they want to do all day," Fisher said. "This was [the school?s] very first trip to JA BizTown and they did a superb job preparing their kids!"

JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a fully interactive, simulated town, helping students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world. Students learn important concepts like the flow of goods, services and resources between people and businesses and how to allocate scarce resources.

Cecio explained, "I started students off with a small stipend, just enough to earn a snack for the day. Extra 'dollars' were deposited into their accounts when they completed extra tasks, such as helping with younger students or sweeping the porch. With their checks they could purchase extra snacks, buy computer time and buy interesting minerals from the classroom rock collection. We even instituted a tax so we pay the cost to give classroom visitors snacks too. They didn't really appreciate the tax very much. The kids have totally enjoyed the JA BizTown experience and we'll definitely be going back!"

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