This post is to show a colleague the power of getting her student's work out in front of an authentic audience. If you have a minute and could leave a quick comment about the student's projects or about the power of being a connected educator, I think we can get her connected!
Our business teacher first approached me about how to do a pamphlet about credit cards. I asked her what her end goal was. She said she wanted her students to not only show what they know, but to share that information with their classmates. I asked how she would share them. She said put them on the table in the back for others to look at. I asked her if she would consider having the students do them in a virtual platform so that they could be shared beyond the four walls of her classroom. At first she was hesitant because she didn't exactly know what that meant, but she has a growth mindset and is always looking for ways to provide a better learning experience for her students.
Here is a very brief overview of her lesson and the student's projects.
In the weeks leading up to the project, students learned what debt/credit was, how it can be helpful/useful and how it can be harmful. We defined and discussed terms associated with both revolving loans (credit cards) and installment loans (car loans, mortgages…) Students learned about how interest rates impact debt and what happens if debt isn’t paid off before the grace period and debt snowballs. Also learned what credit score is, how it is established, and the advantages of having a good score. Students then used the knowledge that they acquired to teach other teens about credit in an online platform of their choice.
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Projects Class 1
Projects Class 2
Projects Class 3