Act Your Wage!!
Posted 09/12/2016 01:20PM
When you hear the term "learning-based play" you may think about our youngest students. There has been an abundance of research around play and its positive effects on early childhood learning and development. Although the research tends to focus on early learning, AACS teachers know that our older students also learn effectively through games. Just ask Kristy Martin who teaches Foundations in Personal Finance at the Upper School.
Mrs. Martin uses Dave Ramsey curriculum for the Foundations in Personal Finance Course. Ramsey is a New York Times best-selling author and one of the most popular personal finance gurus in the United States. He is renowned for his Christian background and no nonsense approach to personal finance, especially when it comes to living debt free. Mrs. Martin noticed the option of using a game called Act Your Wage as part of the curriculum. The games arrived last week and on Friday the students spent their class period "playing."
Mrs. Martin said that students had a blast. "I had one student land on a particular square and say in an exasperated voice, 'My child left all the lights on and now I need to pay an extra utility bill!' Whether or not they realized it, the educational aspect of this game was boldly evident."
While students play Act Your Wage they have to manage their own emergency fund and learn how to spend, save, invest, pay off debt, and give through the income and expenses of everyday living.
Mrs. Martin said that she initially purchased the game so that students would have a fun and educational activity to do after they finished their chapter tests. However, after playing the game, she realized that it was a valuable tool and plans to use the game once per month.
"I want my students to have fun while learning" said Mrs. Martin. "Dave Ramsey's 'Act Your Wage!' board game provides a perfect combination of having fun while reinforcing some foundational concepts to Personal Finance."
Taylor Russell, AACS student, thought it was a fun way to learn financial lessons without actually going into debt! "I learned that sometimes when you pay all your debts you could go bankrupt" said Russell. Strategy is important!
Story by Jennifer Good