Goal Setting with Teenagers in the Economics Classroom

One of the reasons I love teaching economics is because the concepts can be applied to nearly everything. Since economics is the study of scarcity, students can immediately understand the pressure to make good choices with limited money, time, and energy. I enjoy harnessing the power of teaching about choices and opportunity costs to help… Continue reading Goal Setting with Teenagers in the Economics Classroom

Reflections of a First Year Econ Teacher

In some ways, my tenth year teaching felt like my first. Reading a textbook at home. Googling terms I didn’t know. Obsessively trying to anticipate every possible student question. Combing though files upon files from other teachers. The technology was a little different--i.e. flash drives vs. Google Drive--but the process and goals stayed the same.… Continue reading Reflections of a First Year Econ Teacher

Budgeting Lesson Plan: Teaching Basic Budgeting Skills to High Schoolers (Part III)

Lesson Plan Part III: Prioritizing Mindful Spending to Maximize Happiness We're finally to the fun part of budgeting -- spending money on the things that make us happy! If you haven't read Part I or Part II of my lesson plan, please start there for an overview of estimating net pay and bills for students.… Continue reading Budgeting Lesson Plan: Teaching Basic Budgeting Skills to High Schoolers (Part III)

Budgeting Lesson Plan: Teaching Basic Budgeting Skills to High Schoolers (Part II)

Lesson Plan Part II: Estimating Bills This post continues the lesson plan introduced in Part I. Part II: Bills, Bills, Bills Nobody likes bills unless Destiny's Child sings about them After students figure out their rough net pay from Part I of the budgeting assignment, now starts the "not-so-fun" part -- figuring out their monthly… Continue reading Budgeting Lesson Plan: Teaching Basic Budgeting Skills to High Schoolers (Part II)

Budgeting Lesson Plan: Teaching Basic Budgeting Skills to High Schoolers (Part I)

Lesson Plan Part I: Estimating Net Pay Budgeting is one of the backbones of money management and personal finance. Understanding what’s coming in and what’s going out can help a household pinpoint areas to improve savings rates, prioritize spending on things that truly matter, and plan for expected goals as well as unexpected emergencies. I’m… Continue reading Budgeting Lesson Plan: Teaching Basic Budgeting Skills to High Schoolers (Part I)