Assessment Design: The Anderson-Melville System

Assessment Design: The Anderson-Melville System

Different students have different learning styles. Designing assessments that are accurate for different students can be a challenge – particularly bigger tests and exams. For the last several years, I have adopted an assessment technique known as the Anderson-Melville system, developed at Western Illinois University over 30 years ago. If you haven’t heard of it, don’t be surprised. This is one of the best-kept secrets […]

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Teaching in a Finance Lab

Teaching in a Finance Lab

In 30 years experience, I have realized that the elements used to teach students have a powerful impact on learning outcomes. Personal finance has always been my favorite subject to teach. I love imbuing students with the necessary knowledge for them to fulfill their financial goals. It helps them make the right choices when it comes to money. In other words, I like to provide […]

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Stock Market Game – They Key To Experiential Learning

Stock Market Game – They Key To Experiential Learning

I have found that using the textbook as my main teaching resource is not enough.  Employers are looking for students that are able to develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences. Teachers using a stock market game offers experience outside a traditional academic setting. This is what I like to call experiential learning. It can better prepares students to be workplace-ready. I found tools […]

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Personal Finance Lesson Plans

Personal Finance Lesson Plans

For a teacher, the best way to reach your goals is by using premade personal finance lesson plans. This tool will help you to better communicate with your students what they will learn and how they will do it. It helps to organize your content, materials, time, etc. that involve teaching a good lecture. At the end of every semester, I love to go back […]

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Personal Finance Lab

Personal Finance Lab

What is Personal Finance? Personal Finance Lab package is a combination of hardware and a customizable stock market game that integrates over 125 lessons and activities aligned to national standards. When you add a Finance Lab to your school, you will have your students lining up in the hallway to take a class in your Lab. With Personal Finance Lab you will be able to engage your Personal Finance, Economics, Social […]

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The Investing101 Course

The Investing101 Course

How I use Investing 101 Many years ago I first stumbled across the Investing 101 Beginners Investing Course while I was preparing class materials for a unit on stocks and bonds. At the time, I did not know much more than the very basics myself, so I signed up. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. The Investing101 course was written for […]

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Personal Finance After School Program

Personal Finance After School Program

Running an after school program is hard – dozens of kids all need their own levels of activity, homework help, and support. Staff is also usually short, with some supplemental help coming in. The upside, I have found, is that (with the right tools) After School programs are the absolute perfect place to promote financial literacy in schools!   Getting Started: Personal Finance After School […]

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