Sunday, November 13, 2016

Providing an Authentic Audience

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.

Resources that were used: 
NEFE booklets

Student's Projects
Projects Class 1
Projects Class 2
Projects Class 3


  1. Love to see kids sharing authentically! My favorites were the pictocharts-as a sketchnoter, infographics speak to me. But I loved the variety of the projects, from Smores to prezis, to glogs! These presentations serve as a good reminder to this adult.

    By the way, I would love if my debit card granted me enough money to purchase a house or a car as one student suggested it might. ☺️

    Check out as another place to share student work.

  2. Good afternoon,
    We're a Digital/Social Media marketing company that works with many of your target demographics. Because we wanted to look at each individual project we're splitting up your classes among our team during our morning meeting on Monday. We should have comments to you by Tuesday.
    Thanks for sharing this with us - look for individual S/Os on our Twitter account @HSSocialMedia.
    PL Hade

    1. Thank you so much! Can you make sure you tag me (@mrsmurat) so I can share them with the teacher? Thank you!

  3. A very authentic lesson with great implications for learning. Very soon these same students will have credit lines of their own. Then too there is the social justice angle here where students become aware of the implications of easy credit and unscrupulous business practices by banks and other lenders.

  4. Nothing is more powerful to a student than to receive acknowledgment from others. Expand the audience, you'll expand feedback.

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  6. Enjoyed the targeted demographic pitches. Some smart thinking for those that showcased credit card security to the older demographic and those that reached to a younger demo to explain credit. Also some excellent design though on the visual presentation. Reminder to students to proof your work. It's easy to get caught up in the look and forget to check spelling. Overall, fantastic! (FYI - Class 3, second to last on the first page is a duplicate link)