My high school is a Title 1 school and many of my students are at or below the poverty line limits. My seniors come to me with many math deficiencies and usually with a strong dislike for the subject matter. It is because of this that I try to incorporate as many hands on projects and activities as I can.
These projects sometimes require materials that the students cannot afford to buy because their parents do not have money to spare.
For the first time in their high school career my students are being exposed to a financial literacy unit in a math class. Many are clueless about how bills and budgeting work in the real world. I would like to introduce the unit by having them play this budgeting game to get a sense of how difficult life can get without a financial plan.
Even though some of my students already have jobs, they still do not know how to manage the money they make.
They work out of necessity to contribute to the household income and haven't had the opportunity to experience anything other than need-based financial decision making.
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