What if someone had given us a chance to stretch our financial responsibility muscles before we got that first credit card in college? Values and habits that we develop as children follow us through our lives. We can have a monumental impact on the value students place on being financially literate.
Our student population is extremely diverse.
Over 40 languages and dialects are spoken in the homes of our students. Many are the first generation in their families born in the United States. They are excited to learn and ripe for new adventures in learning. I teach the future investors of our world economy. They are inquisitive, innovative, and crave complexity on a constant basis. They want to know why the world works the way it does and how to change it. They need to exercise their critical thinking skills and encounter authentic challenges. Sadly, most of these students have had little experience with financial literacy, yet they are curious and eager to have real-world experiences involving economics. They yearn to encounter an academic structure that satisfies their appetite for depth and breadth in learning.
I'd like to reach outside the four walls of our classroom. Our children are little citizens, and thus need to have the tools to be informed and effective in making decisions, thinking critically, and seeing multiple viewpoints. By using Scholastic News in the classroom, we will receive brightly-colored, child-friendly news each week that highlights important current events in our global community, thus allowing them to see how our world economy functions. Grappling with complex issues and new discoveries will satisfy their thirst for rich language experiences and allow them to examine complex mathematical and economics issues through magazines and books like "On Beyond a Million" and "How Much is a Million?" Additionally, DynaMath magazine provides rich, authentic texts allowing exploration of economics and math skills in a real-world context to make these concepts less abstract while engaging students.
My students will be able to understand, discuss, and debate topics that directly impact their own lives and the world market around them.
As their reading skills are bolstered, they will be gaining the added benefit of becoming educated in real-world issues that will lead to meaningful discussions with their families. Providing magazines and books on their level will give my children the best possible introduction to the vital skills and knowledge in the areas of finance, politics, negotiations, and diverse populations. In addition, my newly informed little citizens will then be able to use new colored pencils to create amazing journal entries sharing their mathematical reasoning. By providing them with these magazines and books about large numbers, they will continually have new texts to ponder in order to expand their understanding of the world outside and develop inclusive and informed world views.
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