The educator understands the cognitive benefits of graphic organizers and uses concept mapping to teach students about credit scores.
This lesson should follow and build upon instruction on compound interest and credit card usage (See the “I Do, We Do, You Do: Calculating Compound Interest” and the “Credit Cards: Analyzing Pros and Cons Through Cartoons” micro-credentials).
A graphic organizer is a structured visual representation of information that is designed to fulfill one of the following goals:
For this micro-credential the graphic organizer should have (at minimum) the following key parts:
See the following link for an example of a blank concept map:
Graphic organizers boost student achievement and can enhance students’ critical thinking, organization, and literacy skills (Inspiration, 2003; Polyxeni & Papadopoulou, 2012). Graphic organizers can also be used as an effective pre-writing strategy (Gillespie & Graham, 2012).
The following sources list several types of graphic organizers. Notable organizers that engage students in the critical thinking activities mentioned in the method components section above, and that have use in a personal finance curriculum, are the concept map, Venn diagram, flow chart, problem-solving organizer, big-question map, characteristic map, and compare map.
The items in this following section detail what must be submitted for evaluation. To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for Parts 1,3, and 4, and a “Yes” for the artifacts submitted for Part 2.
Submit two examples of the student-generated concept maps created during this lesson.
Provide two written reflections from students who participated in the activity used for submission of Part 2. Use the following question as guidance (200-word limit):
Provide a reflection on what you learned, using the following questions as guidance (300-word limit):
Please answer a brief survey about your experience teaching personal finance. Your responses will:
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