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Description: In this project, students participate in an investment simulation and reflect on their successes and failures. As an instructor, you help your students gather information about investment as divided into six clearly delineated standards. How they gather that information is up to you! For a start, check out my free study guide for this project Then, students use that information to play an investment simulation and reflect on areas where they did well and poorly.
Background: I developed this project as I revised my curriculum to center on key projects where students could exercise more self-direction create products that were more genuine representations of what they had learned. This document is part of that larger curriculum that included direct instruction, online learning, and other ways for students to access the information they needed to answer each day’s questions.
How to make them more than just worksheets: if purely paired with direct instruction to transfer the relevant information, these activities would be mediocre worksheets. What makes them living parts of my classroom instruction is the way that they give students space to pursue answers in a myriad of ways. Because I know that we can always return to these documents to examine key ideas, students can do their own research, read through pre-prepared materials, participate in mini-lessons, or watch videos to learn the information they need to answer the questions for each standard.
By way of advice, I would offer the following...
● Give students lots of ways to access the information.
● Give them structures for working in groups to support one another.
● Expect students to be able to explain what standard they are working on, what information they are seeking, and how they plan to learn that information.
● When evaluating their answers, hold them to following the command terms. That will ensure they are supplying answers that actually display the level of understanding each standard calls for.