Shark Tank, The Homeschool Version!

Teacher Name: Angie McCue
Teacher Phone Number: 254.855.2608
Teacher Email:
Tuition: $160.00 per year, payable in monthly installments of $20.00
Discount for Semester Payment :No
Supply/Materials Fee (due at registration): $20
Deposit (due at registration): $20.00
Grades: 8th-12th
Minimum Class Size: 10
Maximum Class Size: 20
Midterm Enrollment: no
Class Time: 5th hour
Prerequisite: None
Estimated homework hours: aprox. 1 hour per week

Required Materials or Books:
Several book excerpts will be referenced throughout the year that will not be required purchases by students. However, the following actual Shark Tank Show Shark’s books will be required reading and total approximately $41.00:
Invent it, Sell it, Bank it! Make your Million-Dollar Idea into a Reality by Lori Greiner. (Amazon Kindle version $13.99)
Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business by Barbara Corcoran (Amazon Kindle Edition $12.99)
The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage by Daymond John (Kindle Edition $13.99)

Class Description:
This course will empower students to become active problem-solvers and innovators for the 21st century. They will be presented opportunities to build 21st century entrepreneurial skills including systems and design thinking as well as brainstorming, developing, and researching ideas and then work to prototype, test, and iterate their ideas and solutions to challenges. As community members and citizens, students will also work on listening, communicating, collaborating, leading, and mediating skills.

Think Mock Trial for Entrepreneurs! The class will encompass many life skills while developing math, technology, science, reading, research and writing skills. Students will use tablets and apps to help map out their ideas and then research them. They will learn to think creatively and especially work to “think INSIDE as well as outside the box”. Note, thinking inside the box requires greater creativity since you must use only what you have from where you are to solve a problem (a great example of this is in the Apollo 13 movie.) Problem solving is an essential life skill no matter what the career goals of the student.

We will view prudently chosen episodes of Shark tank and work to answer valuable questions such as “What does equity mean?”, “Does stake and equity mean the same thing?”, “How do they figure out how much the company is worth?” and “Why is Mr. Wonderful not so wonderful?” We will learn to figure a company’s value based on their requested investment and equity offer. We will also discuss whether or not we think the sharks will take the bait, and specifically which one of the sharks we think will bite and why. These and many more conversations will be common teaching and talking points throughout the year. Kids will be routinely challenged to THINK, THINK, THINK!

All student efforts and learning will culminate in a local event at the end of the year where actual “sharks” — local business owners, will sit on a panel and the students with the best ideas (decided by fellow students) will get to pitch their idea to them with a grand prize on the line (funded by the sponsorships) for the one who actually gets the “investment”. This event will be fashioned after the actual Shark Tank show. Kids will also work to attain the sponsorships for the event through the year in order to practice salesmanship, goal and deadline setting and effective promotions. They will also work together to educate others and organize and facilitate a community service project which will help fund the BVC committee’s dream of a fully equipped homeschool computer lab.

About Angie McCue

My name is Angie McCue. My husband, John and I have homeschooled our 4 children since our oldest began kindergarten (over 14 years). Our children have attended BVC for over 12 years.

My love and fascination with photography began at age 11 when I began learning from a professional photographer in my hometown. Photography has been a passion ever since. I have studied and practiced many different types of photography through the years including studying photography at Sam Houston State University. I am a part-time professional photographer today and love sharing photography with others. I believe very strongly that photography can be a very effective and rewarding tool which can be used to develop and nurture essential problem solving, communicative and creative skills needed in everyday life as well as in many different career fields. I've taught various photography courses at BVC since 2009.