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Featured Teacher: Lisa Bender (Southern Garrett High School, Maryland)
This marks our first column featuring insights from a personal finance educator. Thanks to Lisa Bender from Southern Garrett High School (Maryland's Financial Literacy Teacher of the Year in 2014!) for sharing her insights on strategies that work for her in the classroom. This interview has been edited due to space constraints (full interview here):
What is your favorite activity with students? "Would you believe me if I told you my favorite activity is teaching students about Taxes? Without some planning and creativity, this could easily be a contender for the world’s most boring high school lesson, but when I use Take Charge Today’s “The Basics of Taxes” curriculum my classroom comes alive!"
What is the most common misconception that you find among your students when it comest to money? "I don’t think high school students see themselves as economic decision makers; they’re still at the stage and age of life where they relate to the more simplistic idea that they fall into either the category of a Saver or a Spender. I think their misconception is that it’s alright to spend money without ever thinking about the consequences of their actions. When I poll them, it’s clear that many spend every dollar they have and don’t look to save."
What concept do you find most challenging to teach your students? "Certainly investing can be considered one of the most challenging set of concepts to teach high school students. They have such little background knowledge on this subject, with few students ever having paid attention to the stock market. All of these lead to a challenging task for the classroom teacher. After implementing some traditional teaching strategies for getting students familiar with the vocabulary and content, an ideal way to allow students to fully engage in learning about investing is to have your class compete in the Council for Econ Ed Stock Market Game."
Chart of the Month: What Do College Frosh Worry Most About?
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Community Activity Next Gen Personal Finance actively supports the financial literacy community through workshops, conference sponsorships and volunteer teaching. We are based in the Bay Area but travel constantly so e-mail me email@example.com, if you are interested in discussing a speaking or sponsorship opportunity.
April 10, 2015: FBLA California State Conference (Santa Clara, CA)
May 18, 2015: Personal Finance Workshop at Castilleja School (Palo Alto, CA)
Previous 2015 Events
January 21-23, 2015: Collaboration with Harvard University Winter Session Personal Finance Course (Cambridge, MA)
February 24, 2015: Common Ground Personal Finance Workshop for Educators and Panel Discussion With Parents (Princeton, NJ)
February 28, 2015: FBLA Bay Section Conference (Daly City, CA) - NGPFprovided two workshops for FBLA Advisors and students
March 24, 2015: Free Webinar "How To Find Personal Finance Resources"
January-March, 2015: Pilot at Eastside Prep (East Palo Alto, CA)