Junior Achievement and Hixson
If you have followed our blog for any period of time, you know that one of Hixson’s core values is to serve the communities in which we live and work. In keeping with this commitment, nine Hixson associates volunteered their time and talents over the course of this past fall to teach Junior Achievement (JA) classes at our partner school St. Francis De Sales. The mission of JA…to inspire and prepare young people to succeed…was reflected in the classes taught by Hixson associates, which included topics such as financial literacy, career readiness skills, and free-market economy characteristics – all geared to the specific Kindergarten through 8th grade level being taught. Hixson’s Jeff Dotson shared what he taught – and what he came away with – from his time as a JA instructor:
“I had the pleasure of teaching a 7th grade class. The kids were very attentive and engaging from the first day and didn’t waste any time showing their personalities. Admittedly some of their excitement was the simple fact that a visitor was teaching for an hour, but I also think they enjoyed the material discussed. Teaching sessions are made up of lecturing, activities that help the students visualize the material covered, and time for questions and answers. My class was very engaged in the activities and asked lots of good questions throughout. Even though the students may not use the tools from the classes for a few years I think it was a good way to plant the seeds early and give them tools they can think back on down the road.”
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