Importance of Financial Literacy for Secondary Students
As a secondary special education teacher, finance literacy is a topic that interests nearly all my students. Many of them have their first jobs, first paychecks, first bank accounts (savings, checking, debit), first cars, and perhaps first credit cards. They have a great deal of financial freedom and power. As a teacher, I believe it is my responsibility to teach them financial responsibility.
The activities presented in this module correlate with the way I create, teach, and assess lesson plans: through a Multiple Intelligences format as originally conceived by Howard Gardner. The activities align with the 8 intelligences and can create a conduit between the students and the concepts of financial literacy. They can support standards in several content areas. For example, Identity Theft and Fraud networks between the standards of language arts, social studies, and math.
By creating lessons that offer flexibility in content and activities, the ideas presented can be reinforced through an individual student’s learning strengths.