Dollars & Decisions Interactive Course: Get the Teacher Guide

Have you heard about Dollars & Decisions? It’s a free “Choose Your Own Adventure”–style interactive course designed to introduce basic financial literacy to students in grades 8-12. Before you have your students play it, you’re going to want to check out our Dollars & Decisions Teacher Guide. We’ll show you how to set your class up for success and get the most out of this awesome course. 

What’s the interactive course all about?

Dollars and Decisions Game

The idea behind Dollars & Decisions is to educate students about basic personal finance in critical areas (bank accounts, saving for immediate needs and for the future, and how to manage credit) to give them the knowledge and confidence to manage their money.

The course is set up to reflect a young adult’s life. Players share an apartment with two roommates, choose a job, and have to budget for rent, utilities, and other expenses, based

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What Did You Learn In School Today? 44 Alternatives

Alternatives To What'd You Learn In School Today?

by Terry Heick

You try to fake it, but it limps right out of your mouth, barely alive: “How was school?”

You might use a slight variation like, “What’d you learn in school today?” but in a single sentence, all that is wrong with ‘school.’

First, the detachment–you literally have no idea what they’re learning or why. (You leave that up to school because that’s what school’s for, right?) Which means you know very little about what your children are coming to understand about the world, only able to speak about it in vague terms of content areas (e.g., math, history).

Then, there’s the implication–they don’t talk about the way that they’ve been moved or impressed upon or changed but in the rarest cases; you have to drag it out of them.

And there’s also the matter of form–you ask them as if a developing learner will be able to

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How economic anxiety and demographic changes turned ‘parent’ into a verb

Long Days, Short Years

Three hundred years later, post-war parents were powerless against the threat of nuclear attack but could control whether their children ate enough servings of fruits, vegetables, bread, and dairy each day. Parents in the 1970s and 1980s seem, from today’s vantage point, irrationally obsessed with a fear of kidnapping, which may reflect a more deep-seated worry about whether the entry of women into the workforce was a form of child abandonment. The tendency for parents today to control their children’s time via over-scheduling of “enrichment” activities could be interpreted as a response (rational or irrational) to concerns about child safety, especially in light of the potential dangers lurking on nearby screens. The more likely drive toward the “concerted cultivation” of children, however, is a fear response to economic anxieties. The current generation of parents is the first to have less overall wealth, on average, than the preceding generation of parents.

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Say Hello to TPT: Where Educators Thrive

As the home for millions of teacher experts, we’re excited to announce that we’ve graduated to a fresh look and a new name: TPT. 

An animation of TPT's new logo begins with the logo fading in from left to right, the letters TPT bouncing one at a time, and an additional yellow star flourish getting drawn.
The redesigned TPT homepage with a brand module banner is shown against a vibrant green background.
Two images are shown side by side. On the left is an image of school supplies, including markers, paper clips, a highlighter, scissors, a laptop keyboard, a notebook, and TPT resources against a yellow surface. On the right is a graphic that reads, "Helping teachers teach at their best," against yellow notebook paper.

Becoming the place where educators thrive 

TPT began in 2006 to address a need — the need for teachers to be able to share what they know with each other. Paul Edelman, our founder, met that need with an idea for a marketplace where teachers could buy, sell, and share the original educational resources they’ve created. Since then, this idea has bloomed into a movement that centers on the expertise of teachers and creates a community to elevate the profession.

The TPT marketplace remains a place where new ideas are born every day, where millions of teachers have each others’ backs, where educators can turn for solutions to their latest challenges. Today, it’s joined by TPT School Access, a subscription that teachers use to prepare engaging

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