Topical and current events can help students make connections to prior learning and enhance the relevance of new learning. Scan the media for topics that relate to ongoing issues, such as cheaper housing or saving for their financial future.
Every community has experts who can inspire your students’ thinking, provide information and add emotional impact. You can choose to invite experts to the classroom, visit in person or meet virtually.
Students can take part in social action to demonstrate financial capability, or share their knowledge with others. This gives a greater depth and purpose to their learning and allows them to use new knowledge and skills within a relevant context.
Social action may include:
Acknowledge differing perspectives
Before you start your teaching, it is worthwhile reflecting on your own perspectives on money and financial decision-making. Examine what you bring to the learning, and challenge yourself to find out more. Remember that financial thinking can be linked to emotion, tradition and differing cultural norms. Students need to be aware of how different perspectives influence financial decisions, and that two different, even competing views may be valid. Encourage students to examine different perspectives and values, and take these into account when making financial decisions, or examining the financial decisions of others.
Create a travelling roadshow with your students that you can take to a local kindergarten or rest home. Ask to set up a display in the local public library or Citizens Advice Bureau. Create a financial trade show to share with other students and the wider community.
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