Fall Semester – A Teacher’s Perspective

This Fall, I am teaching two classes – Intro to Business and Personal Financial Management.  I can safely say that I’ve spent more time prepping for these classes than I have for the Series 65 License exam, or on marketing my firm - Burr Capital LLC.

Don't get me wrong - I'm not complaining.  It's actually quite enjoyable and challenging in a good way. 

Graduate students usually self-select their courses so they rarely need help getting motivated.  They will push you on subject matter that you once knew, but have, over time, used less and less, information neatly filed away and eventually forgotten.

Teaching an undergraduate class is a whole other ball of wax.  I have to get creative to inspire my students. 

Will they be inspired if I convey to them that they possess an abundance of that most precious commodity – Time? 

Value investors are big believers of the value of time:

  • Time Arbitrage – Given enough time, share prices will converge to the underlying value of the business.
  • The Power of Compounding – Einstein called compound interest the Eighth Wonder of the world. 

Do I begin each class by profiling successful people, hoping that will do the trick or do I risk sending the wrong message - that if you choose a different path you won’t be a success?

I’m excited about the courses, I'm teaching: 

  • Intro to Business – can the scope be any bigger?
  • Personal Finance – shouldn’t this be mandatory for all majors?

I just came back from a training on Mindtap by Cengage.  

The learning aids available these days are truly mind-boggling - the ability to insert video and links into the textbook to customize the learning experience; measure engagement levels; analytics to track student progress; and even tools to tailor the learning experience to individual needs! 

If I say to my students how amazing these learning aids are versus what was available to us growing up do I come off as “grandpa” who keeps on about how "in my time life was so much harder etc”?

There’s a lot to think about.  Can’t wait for Fall classes to begin!


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