4 Ways to Teach With Play

(and captivate your bored students)

Welcome to episode 295 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, Leanna Prater and I discuss how to use play in the classroom to teach. I’m also unveiling a new listening guide for you to use with this show. If you’ve taught for very long, you’ve struggled with the “bored student.” These students might […]

Top Tips for Fast Formative Assessment that Works

fast formative assessment that works

You’re teaching your heart out. All of a sudden, you look in their eyes and wonder if they understand. But in due time, you decide enough of them know the material and it is time for a test. After they take the test, you start grading. In a moment, you realize that while one or […]

Epic Guide To Game Based Learning

100+ Game Based Learning Resources to Get Started in Your Classroom

epic guide to game based learning in the classroom

Games are fun. We can use them to teach. It isn’t that hard. Game based learning excites learning in my classroom. It can ignite your classroom too. In this post, I’ll share what I’m doing in my classroom. Additionally, I’ll give you 100+ of my favorite game based learning resources. These links and ideas will […]

Top Tips, Tools and Techniques for Easy Formative Assessment

a Talk with Tony Vincent

formative assessment tips techniques and tools

A secret to great teaching is to understand what students know. I’ve had times when one or two students begged me to move on because what I was teaching was “so easy” or they were “bored. When I did, I would discover that the rest of the class did not master the material and I […]

STEM can be fun, just do this.

8 Ideas for Fun STEM Learning with Kids

8 Ideas for Making STEM Fun

STEM lessons can be fun. Whether it is origami jumping frogs or making a boat out of cement, Mandy Casto has eight high-energy ideas for making STEM fun. She also shares her favorite ways to find new ideas and about the success of school-wide “STEM Time” for the students each week. Show Notes: 8 Lessons […]

How Any Teacher Can Use Lee Sheldon’s Multiplayer Classroom Model

Powerful Pedagogies for Every Teaching Professional

Star Trek script writer and professional game author Lee Sheldon has designed his entire college course as a game. His book The Multiplayer Classroom: Designing Coursework as a Game is a favorite of many game based learning experts. Quizzes and tests are fighting evil. Students earn experience points for coming to class. Student study groups are called […]

5 Lessons Video Games Can Teach Edtech Developers

How Can We Move Education Forward

video games can teach edtech developers

In the movie War Games, the computer asked: “Shall we play a game?” Matthew Broderick was the actor who played the high school student. I’ll never forget how his eyes lit up! That look — of curiosity and wonder and excitement — we need to see that on every child’s face in every classroom in the world. Education […]

Game Mechanics in the Classroom to Engage Learners

Every Classroom Matters Episode 204

Game mechanics in the classroom

Game mechanics are elements of gaming that you can design into your lesson plans to engage learners. Teacher Michael Matera shows us how to use them. We can engage students, even going up to year-long junior high version of “Game of Thrones” like teacher Michael Matera has done. (OK, Game of Thrones fans, don’t worry, […]

8 Great Ways to Level Up Game Based Learning in the Classroom

Play Good Games, Get Great Results

8 Great ways to level up game based learning

Game based learning in the classroom should not be worksheets with points. It should be engaging and exciting. Here are eight ways to level up game based learning. Because, face it, many educational “games” fall short. Chocolate on broccoli. That is what many educators call these games that fall short of what great gaming can […]

Financial Literacy: Make the Money “Real”

Vicki Davis on Edutopia
November 3, 2015

Financial literacy can be hard to teach. That’s because numbers on a page don’t feel real. With our society’s increasing dependence on credit cards, it’s more important than ever to help students “feel” the realness of their own money. Any effective financial literacy lesson needs to be hands on.

Financial literacy can be taught. A screenshot of Vicki Davis' full blog post on Edutopia.

Financial literacy can be taught, but the best ways are hands-on.

This article is posted in full on my Edutopia blog. In it, I share the greatest financial literacy lesson plan I’ve seen for fifth graders from right here at my school in Camilla. Financial literacy is important! We can all integrate it into our courses. 

Why Does Money Not “Feel Real” to So Many?

For some reason, using credit cards causes us to buy more junk food. And studies have shown that the more transparent our spending (cash versus credit), the less we’re likely to spend.

As I teach accounting, for example, I find that debits and credits alone don’t excite my students. But when I have them use debits and credits to keep track of their assets, profits, and losses while playing Monopoly, they care about accounting for every penny. As the money changes hands between them, they feel how each dollar is something very real.

They may be using play money, but the tactile experience of having it move through their fingers makes the financial concepts stick. And that is what we want, isn’t it?

There are several ways to make financial literacy experiences hands on:

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