Education has changed dramatically over the last decade. Standards and testing control the school schedule, curriculum is more rigid, and educators must meet more demands than ever.
In this climate, consumer education has really been squeezed. Organizations like the National Consumers League, which believes that consumer education is vital to students’ education, is striving to demonstrate creative ways that educators can reach students with consumer content.
LifeSmarts is our vehicle for providing meaningful consumer education, and educators tell us LifeSmarts is more relevant today than ever. It is a flexible program that educators can use to complement what they are teaching. To help educators use the program and fit it into their crowded schedules, we are shining a spotlight on best practices for using LifeSmarts in the classroom when there is one day, one hour, or even just five minutes at a time to devote to consumer education.
A few quick ideas for educators include:
- Begin or end class with a LifeSmarts Daily Quiz
- Supplement instruction with a LifeSmarts U PowerPoint presentation
- Allow students to make up a missed class lecture or assignment by completing a LifeSmarts U lesson
- “Sponge” up the last few empty minutes of class with LifeSmarts questions
- Develop a consumer “word wall”
If you’re interested in learning more about LifeSmarts, and how to use it in an educational setting, join us for a Webinar on December 1 at 4:30 Eastern time. To register, go to the LifeSmarts home page.