During the TOWN experience students take total ownership in the creation of their community. They navigate critically and solve multiple authentic problems through a creative and innovative process. Development of a character, town, county and business are the foundational aspects within the TOWN program.
Once these foundational aspects are developed the students experience two distinct but connected sections. The first section is dynamic, fluid and exciting. Problems and opportunities are placed in front of the citizens of their respective community. Once these problems and opportunities are addressed, a financial and commodities market is displayed and citizens have a set amount of time to buy and sell commodities such as livestock, agriculture, supplies, land along with inventory. Each week the market prices change and students make strategic decisions on the position of their assets. After the market closes citizens have a set amount of time to purchase and sell products connected to their businesses during an open market called purchasing power.
The financial/commodities market and purchasing power are operated through the web-based software application! Teacher involvement is limited and students ultimately shape the financial future of their character and community.
The second section of TOWN is broken into different units. Each unit has one assignment that is completed during a timeframe of approximately one month.
The overall purpose of the first section is to allow students ownership and become totally invested in their learning. Students become active learners in the process of becoming a community member and local business owner. Citizenship & entrepreneurship ignite student learning!