Monthly Archives: December 2013

What are students looking for in personal finance education?

Exciting to read and interpret the feedback from CFCI’s recent four day pilot with a dozen college students.  We learned a ton about to engage students as well as how we can continue to improve our program.  2014 will be a pivotal year for CFCI as we optimize the curriculum and tackle the distribution challenge of penetrating the teacher community.  I hope that other teachers will benefit from these observations to effectively reach the students that they are teaching.

What makes for a good lesson/activity:

  • Require personal engagement:  “The best resources were resources that allowed me to engage or connect with the lesson. For example, when I have to input my own goals [it] made me more involved and active in the lesson.”
  • Relatable to personal life:  “The best activities always allowed me to relate to my own personal life. If I couldn’t apply it to my everyday life then the lesson plan did not really have the same impact on me.”
  • Actionable:  “It allowed us to think about what we can do now to put ourselves in healthy financial positions.”

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Teaching Personal Finance in Blended Classroom: A View from the Trenches

Exciting day today!!!  My non-profit, The Center for Financial Capability (CFCI) is running a four day personal finance pilot with a dozen college students using the Blendspace platform (thank you to co-founders Amy and Harrison for providing technical assistance!). After four months and hundreds of hours of work, today was Day 1 and the opportunity to see how the students interacted and engaged with the lesson. The lesson on credit cards interested the students although only about 1/4 of the students have a credit card account currently.

So, what did we learn from our first three hour session today (note that 1/2 hour was taken up with introductions and housekeeping at the outset and 1/2 hour for surveys and discussion at the end): Continue reading