My students come from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Our school is a Title I and many of them are English language learners. My students enjoy learning while being engaged in my classroom. At times, Economics can be a very daunting subject for most students because they do not find themselves being able to apply what we learn in their own lives.
I continue to ensure that all my lessons are relevant to my students and they see the value of learning history.
Keeping my classroom rigorous and providing opportunities for students to be engaged with the material is one of my priorities. My students possess untapped intelligence in myriad skills they have yet to discover.
Students learn in a variety of ways. Using games and books in the classroom helps reinforce and review economic topics and content. The Act your Wage game by Dave Ramsey teaches students the importance of fundamental personal finance goals, how to keep an emergency fund, spend money wisely, and helps students understand how to keep a detailed budget and not overspend. Even though the course of Economics has many other standards I have to cover part of this course is also teaching personal finance. IN the state of California 12th grades students (17-18 year olds) take this course which is a very important age to learn about finances and the importance of becoming debt free as most of them are not of the legal age to take out college loans and/or get themselves in credit card debt. The knowledge and skills they will learn by applying what they have learned and reviewing it in this game will become essential to their everyday lives when they complete and graduate high school.
Students will be provided with real life career choices and income to complete the game.
They will also be told what their monthly expenses will be and will need to make the decision on what is best for themselves and/or their family. This game will be used to review the content of economics in groups of 4 students.
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