I teach in an alternative learning environment that serves several populations within one building. We are a step-down unit for children leaving state institutions (both mental and punitive), those who are long term suspended, and those students who, if not for us, would drop out. The majority of these students receive free lunch, and their parents can only afford the basic necessities. The families struggle to buy the most basic school supplies
Each year, I try to focus on a life skill to teach my students, and this year, I'd like to teach my middle school students basic financial literacy, to include debits, credits, and saving.
I have a 1st Generation Ipad Pro that I can use to fill in documents and forms and share them on the SmartBoard with my students. In fact, I can use it during this Distance Learning process by sharing my screen with my students and demonstrating basic math concepts.
I am not a Math teacher, but I recognize that the key to improving ones' economical status is to first understand it. Many of our parents do not understand basic banking principles and financial literacy. If the students learn it, they can teach their parents.
Without the tools to learn about basic financial literacy, my students have no meaningful way to learn about credit and/or money. Being able to write numbers and basic math formulas will be an asset.
My students NEED to learn the importance of sound financial literacy in order to help them avoid the pitfalls of poverty.
We will start with the concept of saving a percentage of every paycheck. To make it easier for them to see, I can use the Apple Pen and my iPad to write out the problems instead of trying to type out the formulas. To do all of this, I will walk them through the process of opening a checking and savings account online. The students will be given a fictional budget, and each day, they will have to make financial decisions. With the Apple Pen, now that we are relegated to Distance Learning, I can share my screen with them, and actually demonstrate the math, and how we make decisions about money. This will be so much easier than trying to type out formulas. These lessons will recorded, along with screenshots of the formulas and problems actually worked out!
It is very difficult to save and make sound financial decisions when you don't know why it's important. They want to do better, and they want THEIR children to do better and be better. Help me to help them.
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