Category Archives: Teaching Tips

Class Discussion and In-Class Introductory Quiz: Your Credit Score

Teaching Tip:  This “quiz” is a great way to begin your lecture on credit scores.  While this exercise can be done online, it can just as easily be done in class, where the correct answer and reasoning behind that answer … Continue reading

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Class Discussion & Podcast: A Financial Advisor Takes a Hit in the Housing Market

Teaching Tip:  This is a fascinating podcast that describes how a financial advisor got sucked into the housing boom and suffered a sad ending.  The podcast isn’t that long, only a bit over 17 minutes, so it isn’t too much … Continue reading

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Class Discussion and Assignment: Financial Hurdle #1, Paying for Your College Education

Teaching Tip:  Talking about paying for college generally makes for a spirited class discussion.  This can be done without any reading assignments, or you can assign a reading before class.  There are a number of suggested readings mentioned below. In … Continue reading

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Personal Finance in the News, Class Discussion, or Assignment: Who do you believe in the current political debate over who pays what in taxes?

Teaching Tip:  This discussion can be developed based upon an out of class assignment (your students prepare to answer the discussion questions before class), or if you have access to the internet in class and can project it so that … Continue reading

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Teaching Tip: Explaining the Beginning of the Financial Crisis

The financial crisis that began with the downfall of Bear Sterns in 2009, which led to the death of Lehman Brothers, which in turn led to the stock market crash followed by the recession is complicated to say the least … Continue reading

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Personal Finance in the News: Health Care Law Being Challenged

Since President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act in March 2010, this act has stirred up a good deal of debate.  For example, in January 2011, almost immediately after the Republicans took control of the House of Representatives, … Continue reading

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Teaching Tip: The New Health Care Law

If you’re using the 5th edition of Personal Finance, Turning Money into Wealth, there has been a significant change in the law since the book was published – the passage of the Affordable Care Act.  One easy way to bring … Continue reading

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