What do kids think about economics? Watch this video to see elementary, middle and high school students talk about the importance of understanding economics and personal finance principles. You’ll be surprised to see how insightful these kids are when they talk about viewing the world through economic lenses!
Since its inception in 1948 the Council for Economic Education has made it its mission to deliver economic education and financial literacy to K-12 students nationwide. In this overview, you’ll see how for the past 65 years the Council has used ever-changing techniques to educate the educators. By equipping teachers with innovative resources, the Council has made great strides in improving the education of economics and personal finance in our schools.
Selena Swartzfager, leader of the Mississippi Council for Economic Education, writes an insightful article about second chances and the importance of raising your children to know sound economic principles. Swartzfager believes that no one is ever too young to become financially literate. It doesn’t matter if you’re only twelve, you can still learn about opportunity costs, the importance of savings and W-9s.
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!
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.
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.