Here are some highlights from my business classes after the 1st 5 days of school this year, including selected slides from my lessons and some group brainstorming activities we did.
Personal Financial Responsibility
Identifying Our Personal Values
Before we set goals, we want to think about what is most important to us.
Setting Short-term, Intermediate-term, and Long-term Goals Based On Our Values
Once we have a long-term goal in mind that is based on our core values, then we set intermediate-term and short-term goals that will support the long-term goal.
Using Google Classroom to Check for Understanding
I use Google Classroom, EdCite, PollEverywhere, and other tools to do bell-ringers that check for understanding of concepts we have been talking about. These are low-pressure assessments that help me clarify on previous lessons. My goal this year is to have a bell-ringer every single day. We’ll even have #20time-related bell-ringers to warm them up for #20time days.
Writing Formulas in Google Sheets
I get started early on this (day 3 of the semester) so that they have time to get used to using spreadsheets the way that they are meant to be used: formulas and functions.
Using Opportunity Cost to Analyze Decisions
I never get sassy, sarcastic, or passive aggressive in my slides. That would be unprofessional…
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Learning the What, Why, and Who of Entrepreneurship
Great answers in this bell-ringer to start some conversation. I love word cloud results because the most popular words really pop! And look at what word my students used the most in this great response. Do we have some future Richard Bransons among us?
Using a Variety of Brainstorming Strategies for Our #20time Projects
This is my first year trying #20time and my first attempt at a “Bad Idea Board.” I only had to stop one student from writing something inappropriate, so I guess we’ll call it a success!
Yes, one of my students wrote “teachers that aren’t funny.” Surely, they were not talking about me!
It has been a fun start. I am very excited about my classes. I hope they stay enthusiastic and optimistic about what they can accomplish in life with a little financial literacy.