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Welcome back Class of 2017!

I'm so excited for the upcoming year. It was about ten years ago that I was out mowing my lawn in Elk Ridge, Utah when I first had the thought of coming up with a way for kids to budget money and buy their grades. Fast forward 9 years, 1 Ponzi Scheme, a Master's in Education, and a move across the country and I find myself teaching a straight slate of 6 sections of finance classes using the model I've devoted the better part of a decade developing. Needless to say... I AM EXCITED!



Recent Posts

FSA & HSA Assignment

Here are some helpful links to find some of the information required in the handout:
  1. Difference between FSA & HSA
  2. What is a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  3. What is a Health Savings Account (HSA)
In addition, Wikipedia has some good information on this subject, but make sure the information gathered there is referenced and reliable.

Change to Grading Structure

I recently sent out a letter concerning some grading structure changes that we want to try out during the next marking period. For those of you who did not get the email, here is what it said:

I wanted to let you know about an adjustment we are going to make to the grading structure in our Financial Math class. As you know, the model that we use in class is of my own design and is in many ways a work in progress. I thank you in advance for your patience as we find the best possible practices.

This last marking tests were considered Daily Grades and there were two "Major Grade" assignments that students were able to purchase with in-class funds. The maximum grade that students could buy was related to their test performance. We have a couple of ideas that we feel might work better and we would like to make a change during this next marking period to test one of them. Here is the proposed change:

  1. The two tests for this marking period will be recorded as Major Grades.
  2. Students will no longer be restricted concerning the maximum available to purchase on the Major Grade assignments.

I feel like this will be a more equitable measurement of both financial practices and academic achievement. I also feel like this will be less complicated for the students. Thank you again for your support and patience as I continue to try to make this the best class your students ever take. As always, feel free to contact me with any input, feedback, or questions that you may have.