Sparking Student Engagement in Personal Finance by Unplugging!
Help me give my students technology-free tools such as buzzers, dry erase blocks and markers, index cards, and magnetic board spinners to increase student engagement and conversation in my Personal Finance class!
My classroom is not defined by the four walls that surround us. Our learning goes well beyond those walls. We are inventors, researchers, creators, collaborators, philanthropists, technophiles, and scholars. My students are always reaching for more ways to learn.
My business and technology classes have students from various grade levels, socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, and academic capabilities.
These students come together in such an amazing way to create real results. They support each other unconditionally and really have a desire to change the world around them.
I recently attended the National Business Education Association's conference in Chicago and was inspired by a session on Financial Literacy. A segment of the presentation focused on student engagement without the use of technology. The presenter gave several examples of how she used items like buzzers, dry erase blocks, index cards, and magnetic board spinners to increase student engagement in class. Buzzers are used in review games for financial literacy concepts. Dry erase blocks are filled in by students with topics for extended discussion. The blocks are rolled like dice and classroom conversations begin based on the topic that comes up! The index cards are used for students to work individually and sync up in groups based on color. Being a teacher who infuses technology into lessons on a daily basis, I look forward to changing the pace of class by introducing these new tools for my students. They will have the opportunity to "unplug" and socialize, while reinforcing their financial literacy knowledge through active learning.
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