The earlier we teach kids about money and personal finance, the more they will understand the concepts when they come up later in school and in life. This workshop will present a free resource tailored to middle school teachers to help them tackle some of the sometimes daunting aspects of financial literacy. The resource includes a book of plans and a video series geared toward middle school students that cover topics such as work and income, taxes and what they are, investing and what that means as well as simple household budgeting. The resource is easy to follow and each lesson can stand alone or be taught as part of the series for that grade. All workshop participants who wish will recieve an electronic copy of the resources and links to the videos. If you have ever shyed away from teaching financial literacy in the middle grades because you were not sure where to start, this is the workshop for you.
Michael Golder is a middle school teacher in the Greater Victoria School District. He began his working life in the field of carpentry before returning to school to complete a business degree and switching over to work in personal finance. After his employer sponsored him to teach a number of Junior Achievement courses to middle school students he decided to switch things up again and give up his suit and tie to join the teaching profession. Although not a math teacher, over the years he has tried to fit various aspects of financial literacy into his teaching and experimented with different topics figuring out how to approach these sometimes complex topics in a way that middle schoolers find relevant and interesting. His goal is to share with participants some of the lessons he has used over the years with students, as well as some new ideas.