Based on the Virginia Standards of Learning, this Economics and Personal Finance course is designed to introduce students to macroeconomics, microeconomics, and personal finance. Course topics include economic climate, national economic policy, how consumers spend money, choosing a career, and personal financial planning which includes an emphasis on budgeting, paying taxes, saving and investing, managing credit, and purchasing insurance. After completing this course, students will have the knowledge to succeed financially by managing their personal finances and making sound financial decisions.
This course supports the Profile of a Virginia Graduate, an initiate where every graduate of Poquoson High School will experience in his/her K-12 career Content Knowledge, Workplace Skills, Career Exploration, Community Engagement, and Civic Responsibility. To reinforce this initiative, this course participates in Project Based Learning, where your student may work within a team on a sustained project that will include the “Five C’s” of Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, and Citizenship.
*NOTE: This class is a “blended” class, meaning that much of the curriculum and student work will be online, but will be taught in a traditional classroom setting!
At the end of this course, every student should—
--have a basic understanding of economic systems
--have a basic understanding of national and global economics
--succeed financially by managing their personal finances and making sound financial decisions
--earn certification in financial literacy by successfully completing the end-of-year W!SE Exam
It would be advisable for students to have a writing utensil; binder (or a section of a large binder) devoted to keeping handouts and notes; somewhere to keep passwords safe and handy, like an agenda or personal planner; a thumb drive is not necessary, but some previous students have found them useful for saving unfinished work.
Students are to always have their supplies when they come to class. As this is a computer lab, food and drinks are not allowed around the computers. Students should be in their seat and ready to listen/work/learn when the bell rings. All students have something to add to the discussions, but they will raise a hand to be recognized before speaking, and therefore not disrupt the learning atmosphere of the classroom. Overall, students are expected to treat others with respect and courtesy, and abide by the Code of Conduct in the PHS Student Handbook.
Copies of anything handed out will be on the Google Classroom. Most assignments will be turned in electronically through the Desire2Learn website. Paper notes will be handed out with the expectation that the student will use these to follow along the lesson and for reviewing for tests. Most tests and quizzes will also be done online.
--Tests (40%) – Tests will be taken at the conclusion of most modules and consists of multiple choice questions.
--Vocabulary Quizzes (30%) - Quizzes will be taken on vocabulary to check for understanding.
--Classwork/Participation (20%) – Any work (group or individual) that is assigned to be completed in class or at home.
--Ticket Outs (10%) – “Ticket Outs” are submitted through the Desire2Learn website, and are designed as a weekly completion grade that helps the student articulate and summarise the concept of a lesson.
--Midterm Exam (20% of 1st Semester grade) - There will be a comprehensive mid-term exam given at the end of the first semester that will cover the first two quarters.
--Final Exam - Details of the Final Exam are still being determined.
*W!SE Practice Exams will be given periodically throughout the year to act as a diagnostic and benchmark as we prepare for the W!SE Exam at the end of the year. The grades for these practice exams will be entered into the gradebook, but—with the exception of the last practice exam in May—they will have no weight assigned to them.