The nation is waking up to an issue that educators have known for some time now: Many students simply don’t like to read!
This is an unfortunate reality that we at Money Vehicle must accept and address when delivering our message of financial literacy. While the Money Vehicle textbook is written for a high school student, using analogies and stories to engage and a step-by-step program to start a plan, we challenged ourselves to ask: What if the student doesn’t read the book?
This question, along with our desire to empower educators across the country, has led Money Vehicle to create our Facilitator Slides. These Facilitator Slides are meant to be an in-class resource where the teacher can do what they do best, create a conversation with their students. Knowing the student may not read the textbook, we bring the lessons to them through a learning style that they will participate in, discussion.
Each topic in the holistic curriculum will be covered — not by reading a textbook, but by having a live discussion in class. Each slide presents a question to the room, a case study to analyze, an exercise to explain, a project to explore, or a video to supplement. One of the features of this style of teaching is our “Help a Friend Out” model.
Through the slides, students will receive questions from a peer based on the subject matter just discussed in class, and become the teacher or friendly advisor and able to provide guidance for that situation. The discussion is not meant to just stay within the classroom, these slides also provide “Family Discussion” questions. These are opportunities for students to bring the financial literacy conversation into their own homes and communities. Providing a framework for having a family conversation that has been taboo for many households. We have seen parents and siblings engage in this discussion, and even inquire to see the short videos covering the subject matter.
Money Vehicle knows that teachers are the best at interacting with their students, they understand how to engage each one differently, and can customize certain topics to their class. The blessing in delivering the curriculum through conversation is that it allows the program to adapt to different schools with diverse socio-economic backgrounds. Delivering Money Vehicle as a discussion, and not a lecture, is meant to give our educators guidance on what to deliver, while always allowing them to own how it is delivered.
Working with high school campuses nationwide, we have found that providing resources like our Facilitator Slides, where the lesson and speaker notes are ready to be used, has been able to give educators their most prized possession back: their TIME. As an education company, this aligns with our mission of developing a curriculum that is engaging to the student and easy to deliver for the teacher.
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And check out our white paper: “Strategies for Increasing Financial Literacy Rates Among High School and College Students”
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