Particular example: The Autumn Fair in Latvia
Every school year Zakumuiza primary school, like many other schools in Latvia, organizes an autumn fair, where students sell their home – made goods. The learning experience starts a week prior to the fair itself. Students (age 7 – 15) create advertisements – posters – of their goods, and place them on a separate wall in the school. The fair is advertised in local and social media, so that more costumers would come, and more money exchanges hands. The fair takes place in the local hall, with enough space for all traders to fit in. Students make decisions on pricing, converse with costumers and do basic mathematics. Further improvements in the learning experience could be made, though. First, parents could be more involved through cost calculation sheets they would have to fill with their children, while producing their products. Second, a lesson or two could be dedicated to calculate profits or losses made, and reflecting on decisions taken.
- Develop and communicate cost calculation sheets to parents and students.
- To develop and implement lesson plans on advertising;
- To organise an autumn fair;
- To plan and implement reflection lessons.
- Teacher time – 6 hours x the number of classes.
- Management time – 20 hours.
- Appropriate premises and materials.