4 Ways to Continue Learning Outside of the Classroom

4 Ways to Continue Learning Outside of the Classroom

When we talk about learning or education, we usually equate it with being a student sitting in a school classroom. Most people fall into the idea they must learn and focus on education until they graduate high school at age 18 or college in their 20s. And then they are all done! Their education is behind them and they are now ready to go out into the world.

Engineering Creativity Enhances Entrepreneurial Mindsets for Students

How do you teach less to improve understanding? How can teachers work less and achieve more? 

Engineering Creativity answers these questions in a one or two-day workshop. In-service or pre-service teachers learn how to excite students through the application of active learning projects.

By applying what teachers learn in the Engineering Creativity workshop they transform passive students into eager learners. According to founder Dr. Ed Sobey, the program steers teachers away from the process of lecturing students on what they know, and instead engages them in creative problem-solving to drive additional learning.

“Each learning session starts off with an engineering challenge," said Ed, "We ask, 'Can you create or do something?' Then we get out of the way and let participants struggle with it. In their struggles they learn 21st century skills along with the content and they develop self confidence in their problem solving skills. Students become creative problem solvers instead of copiers of notes.”

Workshop participants range from educators who already understand their need to discover new ways to engage students in the classroom, to educators who receive an awakening for teaching strategies they've never dreamed of before. Many teachers are frustrated at the lack of interest and slow pick-up in their classes, and the program helps them learn about a better and easier way to be effective.

"Teachers can initially duplicate what we've shown them. As their skill and confidence grows they can create their own curriculum and can become as innovative as their students have," said Ed.

After attending the workshop, participants have the power and resources to implement the ideas right away in their own classrooms. The next day. 

How to Engineer Creativity and Innovation™ is based on practices that have been proven successful, and the program has taken place in over 30 countries. It can take a career to fully develop a rewarding teaching style. With this program, educators can immediately spark an entrepreneurial mindset in their students. Students will take responsibility for their learning, ask questions, seek understanding, and love the educational experience.

"This program doesn't provide a theoretical discussion teachers think about. We push teachers to take action, to change, and to do it immediately,” said Ed, "Don't try to be perfect, just get out there and try."

The 5 Skills of Entrepreneurship – Networking

This is one part of an ongoing series on In this article, we're discussing the skill of networking.


Our program, Entrepreneur Journey, focuses on teaching high school students how to become entrepreneurs. Part of this is learning the skills of an entrepreneur, including networking. Networking is the ability to establish relationships with others, which can lead entrepreneurs to solutions or critical resources to build their business.

Think of the movie Six Degrees of Separation. It’s based on the sociological study where researchers wanted to know how closely individuals in the US were connected to each other. They created letters, placed them in envelopes, and addressed them to certain residents.

The researchers then asked other residents to “deliver” the envelope by sending it to someone they know, who, in turn, had to deliver the envelope to someone they know. They found it took about six exchanges before the envelope reached the final address.

The person sitting next to you now may not have much to offer for building a business. But in five years, they may be exactly who you need. Good entrepreneurs maintain a network of experts whom they can call to get specific answers or resources.

Everyone Has A Key To Your Future

With technology, we may be connected by less than six degrees today. Therefore anyone you run into today could have the next solution to your problem. If you focus on sharing your vision and selling your problem, this allows others to become a part of your network and help you.

Questions Are Free And Welcome

The best way to learn about someone is to ask them questions.

  • What do they do over the weekend?
  • Which sports team is their favorite?
  • What are their interests?

This could lead to two different things: the person will provide clues about how they can help you, or you will still leave a positive impression from showing interest in this person and their life.

You Get What You Are

If you come across as unreliable, you will connect with unreliable people. If you come across as immature, you will connect with immature people.

Networking is more than just seeing what other people can offer. Networking is also about pursuing and maintaining real relationships. It’s important to be genuine and care about others, rather than simply taking from them.

Give as much as you take to build mutually beneficial relationships.

Birds Of A Feather Flock Together

Think about your group of friends. What do you all have in common? What do you all want from life? People with similar approaches to life find each other.

If you want to connect with people who invest in companies, find out where they hang out. If you want to be an NFL football player, make friends with other students who aim to be NFL football players. If you want to be a criminal, hang out with successful criminals.

In order to develop a network to achieve your goals, understand and seek out the type of people who will shape the person you want to be.

Networking Tools

Sometimes networking tools are mistaken for networking. Networking tools help entrepreneurs reach out to others and organize information and resources. However, these tools can’t take the place of networking.

For example, think of the business card. Your business card can look amazing and communicate clearly, but it won’t help you at all if 1,000 business cards stay in your desk drawer and never see the daylight. However, if you talk to people and hand your card out, the cards are a tool used to support your networking.


Conferences and workshops exist in many areas. These are usually great learning experiences and easy ways to network.

Identify the best place to build your network and your purpose for networking. Are you looking for others who are just starting their business? Or are you looking for experts in the field?

Conferences and workshops can be expensive or require travel, but if you do your research, they are great networking tools.