Sunday, October 11, 2009

Hands on Banking

Summary:  Free materials to teach banking

Wells Fargo has prepared a free DVD for teachers who teach general business on banking.  Financial literacy is a 21st skill.  In Iowa, the core curriculum mandates that banking be taught to all students.  This DVD offers "hands-on" learning as you can see in the demo.  The URL is:  From the site, you can obtain your copy.  You will also be interested to know, that the program is easy to implement for busy teachers.  Copies are available in Spanish too. 

I obtained my copy at the Council for Economic Education Annual Conference in Washington, D. C. last week.  This conference was the best one I've ever attended.  I ended up paying extra to bring back all of the materials given to me at booths.  In the next week, I will blog about all of the materials I received and blog about the comments from Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Federal Reserve Bank President, Jeffrey M. Lacker.

As an AP economics teacher, you often see students who have by-passed general ed classes.  Do you feel you have an obligation to teach banking basic like how to write a check or use a debit card? 

About the Author: Mike Fladlien is an AP Economics teacher from Muscatine High School in Muscatine, Iowa.


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