You! And your lived experiences.
But am I really qualified to teach financial literacy?
It’s a question we hear more often than not. It comes from teachers, from tutors, and even from financial experts who are unsure of their skills as a facilitator.
This is our answer — every single time. It’s our mission is to make financial literacy available to everyone, and that starts with ensuring each and every instructor can become comfortable with the topic.
Maybe you’re an educator tasked with running a new course at your school. Maybe you’re that same educator, now driven by a need for supplemental income. Maybe you’re a professional tutor looking to add to your portfolio or a guidance counselor hoping to coach your students into bright futures. Or maybe you’re a CPA or economist who is looking to take in active role in how the next generation handles its money.
Whoever you are, whatever your motivation, you can teach financial literacy.
How? I’m not good at math, I can’t even follow my own financial plan, I haven’t taught a class before… Let’s face facts: we all have our own insecurities, but here’s the reality of the situation:
1. You don’t have to be good at math to teach financial literacy. We focus on big concepts. It’s not: “How exactly do I calculate the interest on a 401k?” but: “What actually is a 401k, why does it matter to me personally, and how can I make it work best for me?”
2. Your life experience is worth more than a perfect credit score. Sure, you may not stick to your own financial plan, but that reality is something students need to learn about too. Life isn’t a straight line, and the best way to learn that (and how to deal with that) is from each other. Remember that student loan payment you missed that one time? Sharing such an experience with a class may prevent missed student loan payments in their future.
3. If you can hold a conversation, you can teach Money Experience. Nobody wins at life. Everyone has their own priorities and their own values. At this stage, students are just beginning to explore what’s important to them and where they want to direct their money. That’s why, with Money Experience, there is no right or wrong answer. The class is really an opportunity to ask questions and lead a discussion, rather than a moment to show off crazy amazing teaching skills. Can you ask questions? Do you like to share your thoughts and experiences? If so, you can definitely teach Money Experience.
So, now that we’ve established that you are, in fact, qualified to teach financial literacy, are you ready to get started? Check out our different offerings to see which product best fits your needs.