March 6 – Understanding the value of time when saving money

It’s hard to comprehend how saving $2000 a year for 9 years will grow in value nearly as much as saving $2000 a year for 35 years will. But my seventh grade students are figuring it out.

Feb 15 – Using TinkerEd to contribute to sound Educational Technology 

Feb 5 – Creating a Bank Register with 11-year-olds

If you’d like to offer your feedback to form future EdTech, check out TinkerEd. You’ll be compensated for your time.

My 6th grade students are using Bachenomics* for hands-on learning about spending, saving and tracking money. They started off using (old-fashioned) paper and pencils to compute the withdrawals, deposits, and track their balances. Since they have mastered the logic behind the math, we are transitioning to Google Spreadsheets.

Today was that day. They dove in heads-first. A short YouTube tutorial was all they were given before setting up their first tracking Spreadsheet. They didn’t know they were being asked to think critically but indeed, they were.

I happen to love using Sheets personally and I’m sure more than a few of them will too. They now have the “language” to track their money, which too many folks don’t.

How do you track your money?

*Bachenomics in my adaption of Vanguard’s free Classroom Economy resource.

Dec 14

Today I’m wearing flannel pants, okay, flannel pajama pants, and I’m in front of students teaching unit pricing. And they got it. They are confident consumers, prepared to make deliberate choices when it comes to spending money simply because …they know how.

Why the pajama pants? It’s Holiday Spirit week and it was the choice of Student Council for the Monday (and Friday, I might add) before winter break. I wonder if I would have had a lower unit cost if I had only known to buy two flannel pajama pants.