Stephen Carter episode 829 - blog post

4 Entrepreneurial Mindset Secrets Every Teacher Needs to Empower Learning

The entrepreneurial spirit isn't confined to the world of business – it can thrive in every classroom, every day. It aligns seamlessly with dynamic project-based learning and captivates students through engaging classroom projects. In this episode, we're joined by Stephen Carter, author of ‘Teaching the Entrepreneurial Mindset.' Stephen delves into the four pivotal aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset that are essential for educators at all levels. He shares insights from his extensive experience as the Director of Entrepreneurship and Sustainability at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, where he's not only taught for 18 years but has also revolutionized their entrepreneurship program. Join us as Stephen Carter gives an approach for every educator to empower their students with entrepreneurial thinking.

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    This week's guest

    Stephen Carter is the Director of Entrepreneurship and Sustainability at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy where he has taught for 18 years. A former English teacher, he has spent the last ten years developing an entrepreneurship program complete with fifteen elective courses (including financial literacy programs as detailed in his first book, The Seed Tree), six student-run businesses, and a full certificate track. Recently he has begun consulting, speaking, and coaching school leaders on developing innovative entrepreneurship programs that involve hands-on student-run businesses.


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    Show Notes

    Title: 4 Entrepreneurial Secrets Every Teacher Needs to Empower Learning

    Guest: Stephen Carter, Director of Entrepreneurship and Sustainability at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy and author of ‘Teaching the Entrepreneurial Mindset.'


    • Overview: Discussing how entrepreneurial principles can revolutionize classroom teaching.
    • Aim: Equip educators with tools to foster an entrepreneurial mindset in students of all ages.

    Chapter Summaries:

    1. The Four Attributes of an Entrepreneurial Mindset

    • Introducing the concept and its broad applicability in education.
    • Stephen Carter’s unique perspective on integrating entrepreneurial thinking into different subjects.

    2. Growth Mindset

    • Exploring the first attribute: A growth mindset.
    • Strategies for instilling directed growth through mission, vision, and values in students.

    3. Grit

    • The importance of perseverance and passion towards long-term goals.
    • Practical tips for teachers to instill grit in the classroom.

    4. Redefining Failure

    • Viewing failure as a stepping stone to success.
    • Encouraging a culture where students learn from failures.

    5. Opportunity Seeking

    • Teaching students to be proactive and seize opportunities.
    • Classroom activities that can help develop this skill.


    • Summary of key takeaways.
    • Stephen Carter’s insights on integrating these principles into everyday teaching.

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    Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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