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My First Cup of Coffee

April 27th, 2017 at 01:07 pm

Let's make that my first cup of coffee shop coffee for the semester. And it was well-deserved, I think. I was up late late late trying to untangle upset students mired in a group project. They hate each other; they want to work independently, they are clearly stressed and crazy. I arranged to meet a couple of them after my classes, and the angry meeting I was anticipating turned out to be sad. Several of them are facing failing classes (not mine) and they were grateful for the few crumbs I had to offer them. Students need some sort of stress mgmt techniques. They exhaust me.

My class is actually writing a report on increasing 401k participation in my fictitious organization. It's to teach them about audience, report formatting, etc. And my secondary (and hidden) purpose was to encourage them to do some research about retirement planning and financial literacy. I'm really pleased with it; several of them have commented about how they're "accidentally" learning so much about pensions and 401ks. Now they're very keen to start investing and enrolling in their plans--which surprisingly are offered by many of their employers. I hope when they have fat retirement accounts they drink a toast to me--or send me $10.

3 Responses to “My First Cup of Coffee”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm sorry they are so exhausting! I know my daughter stresses out over group projects. She usually wants to work faster than everyone else. The other students want to procrastinate. This last one turned out better than she thought in the end.

    Love that you got them learning about investing!

  2. My English Castle Says:

    CCF--Group projects are a disaster when they go wrong. I have a project manager system, but still it's hard for them to work together, especially with balancing so many projects.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That is a creative way to impart some financial wisdom. Smile

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