Incorporating Financial Education into the Math Classroom, Jun 27 – Aug 5

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Participation in this course is at no cost to participants and made possible by a generous grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

This course will consist of three 2-week modules that explore ways to incorporate financial education into the math classroom with a strong focus on the Math Forum’s resources and problem solving expertise. Participants will engage with problem solving and software/technology tools as they explore financial education content and teaching strategies. The activities and resources are for grades 6 -  12.

1. Engaging Students in Math or Connecting to Student Thinking: Noticing & Wondering: An activity to help students engage with and effectively connect to mathematical problems and use that to create relevant explorations for them.

The Math Forum’s strategy of using a “scenario only” along side Noticing & Wondering can help teachers both learn about their students’ thinking around particular mathematical issues as well as help them create meaningful mathematical and financial learning experiences for their students. In this module we will explore scenarios that present a financial context that connect to mathematical ideas and think about how to include them in the classroom in meaningful ways.

2. Using problems of the week with a financial context to begin conversations about financial decision-making.

We will use the Math Forum’s Problems of the Week with a range of content levels to explore how to use such problems to start conversations in your classroom about making financial decisions and can help to meet math content goals at the same time. Participants will do problems, take part in discussions and whenever possible share data from their classrooms about student thinking and learning. In addition, we will foster discussions about the necessary financial knowledge required to have such discussions with students and good resources for developing this knowledge.

3. Using Math Tools to support Financial Education in the Math Classrooms.

Math Tools can be used to create opportunities to examine and explore mathematical concepts in the classroom using technology. Our Math Tools include software and virtual manipulatives, such technology enable explorations, richer conceptual understanding, allow students to explore patterns and large-scale effects, support different learning styles and multiple representations, and can provide introductory access to topics that would otherwise require calculations that are beyond students.  In the case of financial concepts and decisions, such tools can truly enhance student’s ability to understand long-term effects of concepts like credit card interest, repayment options, mortgages, and retirement savings.

Continuing Education Credits are available from Drexel University upon completion of all the course assignments, there is a $25 administrative fee to process the credits.

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