I teach Careers 11 and Digital Communications 11 as a blended course. A typical learning objective for a lesson looks like:
- I can identify the potential expenses associated with daily life.
- I can demonstrate my ability to create a balanced budget to prepare for current and future goals.
- I can reflect on how my personal choices will impact my financial position.
- Critical Thinking: reflect and evaluate my thinking, then use information gathered to make an informed choice.
- Personal Awareness and Responsibility: take initiative to inform myself on a variety of issues and then make choices that reflect my well being.
Brief evaluation of a resource
The lesson that I found was called The Game of Life
- This is very similar to an activity that I already teach however this results in a written project paper.
- The lesson appears to be a project/inquiry stretched over 8 days; I would need to shorten this to a 2.5 hour block maximum. Their are some great ideas here; I like the columns where students write their predicted cost, actual and then see the difference between the 2 values. I hope to incorporate this aspect.
- I would need to massively adapt this for increased ease of use. The resources are all on table in a word doc and it is not visually appealing/ repetitive. I would make sure the budget was on Google Sheets with formulas and conditional formatting set up to colour code when over budget etc.
- I would omit the project paper and instead get students to share their draft budgets, either as a jigsaw activity, using digital tools or as a quick fire round in class.
- Overall this activity would help support the 5 learning objectives identified above.