Personal Finance

Lisa Bender from Southern Garret High School on Having a Digital Classroom

CEE’s Blog Series on Teaching Techniques delivers teaching ‘best practices’ from practitioners in the field. These K-12 teachers from all over the United States present their proven tactics and techniques that keep their students interested and engaged in learning economics and personal finance concepts and lessons. Part 8 of 8.

Lisa Bender from Southern Garret High School in Oakland, Maryland, has spent her career teaching economics fusing it with her other passion, immersive technology for the classroom. For her, economics lessons come alive when they are paired with the ground breaking information found on web portals and discovered with easy to use platforms such as tablets. With these tools, Ms. Bender is able to teach complementary lessons on economics and digital citizenship by showing students what tools to use and how to use them responsibly.

This completes CEE’s new Blog Series, Teaching Techniques: Classroom Innovation on Economic Education. Keep checking back for more weekly updates on our blog!

POSTED: August 27, 2014 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Teachers on Financial Fitness for Life

Tried and tested, Financial Fitness for Life® (FFFL) is the ideal personal finance curriculum for all teachers.

Stacia Reeves from Rincon High School in Arizona says, “Students don’t realize they’re incorporating economics when they are doing these activities, but they’re all jazzed when they come back the next day and realize something they did in their life was applicable to something that we did in the classroom.” With user generated course content, FFFL’s comprehensive lesson plans guides teachers through the course, making it easy to follow, especially for those that may not be well-versed in teaching economics.

What makes FFFL perfect for students is how applicable each lesson is. CEE has made each lesson a preparation for life beyond the classroom, measuring the learning by four themes of personal finance: earning an income, saving, spending and credit, and money management. Even with these four comprehensive themes that align to the Common Core State Standards, students and teachers have still found the lessons engaging. Lynda Motriam from Old Mill High School attests to the originality of the student and teacher guides, saying “FFFL gives you a chance to teach financial concepts in a very inventive way. That’s one of the things that is consistent with CEE materials…they put a fresh spin on it.”

The streamlined lesson content, updated information, and fresh online resources on these new lessons keeps K-12 students excited about learning personal finance skills in and out of the classroom while keeping teachers ready too. Make sure to check out what these fantastic teachers have to say after using the Financial Fitness for Life® textbook series in their own K–12 classrooms.

POSTED: August 26, 2014 | BY: kwilliams | TAGS: , , , , , ,

Mary Neely from Orchard Grove Elementary on Combining Music and Economics

CEE’s Blog Series on Teaching Techniques delivers teaching ‘best practices’ from practitioners in the field. These K-12 teachers from all over the United States present their proven tactics and techniques that keep their students interested and engaged in learning economics and personal finance concepts and lessons. Part 7 of 8.

Mary Neely from Orchard Grove Elementary in Frederick, Maryland, incorporated singing into her classroom help her students to grasp economics concepts. By serving as an example of combining music and economics, Ms. Neely inspired students (singers and non-singers alike) to create their own individual pieces of music, using concepts they learned and implementing them their own way, proving that they understood what was taught.

Stay tuned for the next edition of CEE’s new Blog Series, Teaching Techniques: Classroom Innovation on Economic Education on August 27th, 2014.

POSTED: August 20, 2014 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

CEE in the News: NBC’s Back-to-School Money Lessons Cite Survey of the States

In NBC’s ToSharon Epperson CEE in the News: NBCs Back to School Money Lessons Cite Survey of the Statesday Online, reporter Sharon Epperson shares some great tips for teaching your kids about money just in time for the new school year — plus a great shout-out to CEE, citing the Survey of the States! Click here to read the full article.

This article was also seen in USA Today.

POSTED: August 18, 2014 | BY: Annamarie Cerreta | TAGS: , , , ,

Judy Kraus from Hyde Park Middle School on Financing for College and Beyond

CEE’s Blog Series on Teaching Techniques delivers teaching ‘best practices’ from practitioners in the field. These K-12 teachers from all over the United States present their proven tactics and techniques that keep their students interested and engaged in learning economics and personal finance concepts and lessons. Part 5 of 8.

Judy Kraus from Hyde Park Middle School in Las Vegas, Nevada, gets her 7th grade pre-algebra class thinking early about their future education plans and career goals. With this year-long project, she gets her students very involved by simulating their projected finances after they graduate college and are working at their chosen entry level job. The result? Students can see how much money it takes to reach their goals and be financially prepared when the time comes.

Stay tuned for the next edition of CEE’s new Blog Series, Teaching Techniques: Classroom Innovation on Economic Education on August 13th.

POSTED: August 6, 2014 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

For Florida’s Students, Money Matters

It’s a sobering thought: Florida’s students are graduating high school without a good understanding of how to manage money.

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Michael L. Bell, M.E.d., Executive Director of the Florida Council on Economic Education

The unfortunate truth is, nearly half of Florida’s graduating seniors lack comprehension of financial basics like credit scores, balancing checkbooks, paying back loans and avoiding bankruptcy. For each student who graduates prepared, another leaves school unready to meet financial challenges.

One of the reasons for this is lack of adequate financial education. A recent study by the Council for Economic Education found that students in states with a specific, required financial literacy course were more likely to save and pay off credit cards, and less likely to be compulsive buyers and make late payments.

Florida took a step in the right direction in 2013 by including financial literacy content in its education standards – but it didn’t go far enough.

While deliberating the bill that introduced some level of financial education to our students, lawmakers became alarmed by the growing trend of crushing personal debt incurred by high-school graduates. Research has shown this debt not only impairs their ability to find a job, but also their ability to keep one.

Fortunately, lawmakers did the right thing in that 2013 bill that required financial literacy for our high-school students. The Florida Department of Education also studied the cost of a one-semester, half-credit statewide course and found it to be very reasonable, as little as $140,000. And last month, the DOE finished updating our state’s education standards to prepare for a required financial literacy course.

So what’s left to do?

Lawmakers just need now to finish what they’ve started, by passing legislation to create that required course on financial literacy. We call it the Money Course. But Florida’s students – and businesses – may well call it a lifesaver when our graduating seniors hit campuses, offices and shops knowing how to keep and manage their money for a lifetime.

This article was originally written by Michael Bell and posted on the Pensacola News Journal July 26th 2014.

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