Working With Students
ARE YOU A HIGH school or college instructor? If you’re using our guide with students, here are six tips:
- Consider teaching one of the chapters each week. Because retirement is such a crucial topic, you might devote two weeks to it, focusing first on saving for retirement and then on generating retirement income.
- The chapter on investment math was written with students in mind. Understanding compounding is central to understanding personal finance. You might introduce this notion in the first week.
- Almost every chapter begins with a series of statistics, detailing the state of America’s personal finances. Consider using these statistics to spark classroom discussion.
- Check out the chapter on great debates. As with the statistics at the start of most chapters, these debates can be used to spark discussion.
- The chapter on key concepts includes 134 core notions divvied up among 11 subjects. You could require students to study one of the 11 categories each week.
- Ask your students to create their own lifetime financial plan. They might detail how they’ll use their future income to meet major goals such as building an emergency fund, buying cars, purchasing a house, putting kids through college and paying for retirement. Along the way, they’ll need to take on debt, buy insurance and organize their estate. Students can find links to useful resources in the financial life planner chapter.
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