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Martinez Money Message: Financial Literacy Semester Class for High School Kids

In this 12-week semester course, students will use Nearpod to learn about various personal finance topics through videos, articles, fun interactive activities, and an exit ticket at the end of each lesson.
Brooke Martinez
34 total reviews for this teacher
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year olds
learners per class


Charged upfront
$15 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 12 weeks
55 minutes per class

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Class Experience

Students will be able to:
Week 1: Behavioral Finance
-Assess your own personal values that shape how you make financial decisions
-Understand how social media can influence spending habits
Week 2: Finding Work in High School
-Identify strategies to use for finding a job during high school
-Create a resume and cover letter
-Prepare for a job interview
Week 3: Checking
-Explain what a checking account is used for and why it is important to have one
-Balance and reconcile their checking account and statement
-Use online bill pay
-Compare and contrast banks and credit unions
Week 4: Saving
-Understand fundamentals of saving
-Identify obstacles people experience when trying to save money
-Understand why it’s important to establish an emergency fund
-Compare different savings vehicles such as savings account, CD, and money market account
Week 5: Budgeting
-Determine personal needs and wants
-Create a budget
Week 6: Taxes
-Read a pay stub and describe the different deductions
-Identify common tax forms
-Explain the different ways you can file
Week 7: Investing
-Recognize the value in investing early and regularly
-Analyze the performance of individual stocks over time
-Explain what mutual funds, index funds, exchange traded funds, and target date funds are
Week 8: Paying for College
-Identify quantitative and qualitative benefits of going to college
-Explain the role the FAFSA plays in the financial aid process
-Find scholarships and grants
-Analyze student profiles to determine the best course of action to take for student loans
Week 9: Career
-Identify different available career pathways
-Analyze potential careers based on salary, stability, growth, training, and responsibilities
-Explore different career options based on your interests
Week 10: Credit & Debt
-Understand the basic components of lines of credit: principal, interest rate, and term
-Explain how a credit card works
-Calculate how much an auto loan will cost
-Explain what a mortgage is and use a mortgage calculator
-Know the components of a credit report
-Name components of a credit score
Week 11: Insurance
-Identify risks and protection strategies
-List factors that determine auto insurance premiums
-Explain how health insurance works and the different types of plans available to them
Week 12: Financial Pitfalls
-Identify common financial pitfalls the people fall into and strategies to prevent them from occurring
-Identify signs of common types of scams and fraud
-Outline what steps to take if you are a victim of identity theft
-Explain what it means to file for bankruptcy and the impact it can have on your finances
I am from the United States and have been teaching various business, marketing, and finance courses for 13 years. I have taught both at the high school and collegiate level. I teach both in person and online but online is my favorite! I have a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Business Information Technology Education, a Masters in Business Administration and a PhD in Online Education. 
I am very excited to work with all of you through Outschool!
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.


Brooke Martinez
Lives in the United States
Martinez Money Message
34 total reviews
148 completed classes

About Me

Hi! I'm Dr. Brooke. I'm from Utah (United States). I teach business classes both face to face and online. I've been teaching Financial Literacy, Marketing, and Business Classes for 15 years. I have a Bachelors degree in Marketing and Business... 
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