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Personal Finance Course Syllabus Spearfish High School Mr. Takahashi, teacher firstname.lastname@example.org (605) 717-1212 (W) (605) 269-3914(H) Course/Program Description Welcome to Mr. Takahashi’s Personal Finance Class. Personal Finance is a junior/senior level course designed to provide students with an introduction to skills necessary to manage their personal finances. Students can expect to learn what factors affect income, the considerations to be made in managing their personal finances, how to rationally approach spending and credit issues, and how to objectively look at investment options. Plan on 90 minutes of class time every white day with homework. Materials/Textbook Information The course will generally follow the Family Economics and Financial Education course “Take Charge Of Your Finances” and materials will be provided or can be accessed online. Course Requirements/Objectives COURSE TOPICS 1. Values 2. Needs vs Wants 3. Goal Setting and Life Cycle Planning 4. Affects of Career Choices 5. Paychecks 6. Spending Plans 7. Saving and Investing 8. Major Expenditures 9. Financial Institutions 10. Credit 11. Consumer Protection & Identity Theft 12. Insurance Student Performance Objectives and Course Requirements This course requires active participation by the student. Students will be expected to work in groups and actively engage themselves in discussions and activities. Major Course Projects 1. A Collage About Me 2. Spending Plan 3. Housing Comparison 4. Shopping For An Auto Loan 1 Testing Policy: There will be no review during the block the test is given. 1. All material will be off the desk except for the test material, calculator, and pencil. 2. Cheating and sightseeing will not be tolerated and will result in a zero. Administrative action in accordance with school policy will follow. The teacher’s judgment will be the final call. 3. In consideration of all, students are to remain silent until the last test is returned. Class Procedures and Rules Classwork Expectations and Procedures 1. Follow the Golden Rule: Treat others as you would want to be treated. 2. Come to class prepared to learn: well rested with computer, pencil, paper, calculator, and completed homework. 3. Use the restroom prior to coming to class. Bathroom passes will only be issued for emergencies. 4. Enter the classroom and be in your assigned seat, homework out, before the bell rings. Please be silent while attendance is taken. 5. Observe one person speaking at a time. Raise your hand and be recognized prior to speaking. 6. Remain silent during tests and quizzes until all papers are turned in. 7. Respect the furniture and classmates; keep your feet off the furniture. 8. Water bottles are allowed in the classroom. Otherwise, there will be no eating or drinking in the classroom. Consequences (Unless Otherwise Specified Above) st 1. 1 Offense: Verbal Warning nd 2. 2 Offense: Move to different seat. rd 3. 3 Offense: Parents contacted. 1 session after school study. th 4. 4 Offense: Parents contacted. 2 sessions after school study th 5. 5 Offense: Parents contacted. Saturday School 6. Beyond 5, meeting with parents and administrator. Laptop and Internet Procedures 1. The use of laptops in this classroom is as an educational tool to enhance the students’ learning of algebra. 2. Students will be expected to use laptops responsibly and for the purposes required by the class, no games or email. Violations will result in laptops being confiscated for the remainder of the block or until the next morning, at my discretion. Homework Procedures 1. Homework will be assigned as required to support the class. Assessment Plan Student assessment will be based on tests/major projects 45%, worksheets/homework 45%, semester test 10%. Letter grades for the course are determined by the school wide-grading scale outlined below: 96-100 A 76-78 C 2 92-95 A- 73-75 C- 89-91 B+ 69-72 D+ 86-88 B 65-68 D 83-85 B- 60-64 D- 79-82 C+ Grade Rounding Policy: Percentages will be rounded to the nearest whole percent with decimals of .5 and higher being rounded up. Make Up Work Assignments will only be accepted on the due date/time, unless a valid excused absence is recorded. In that case, you will have two school calendar days for each period of excused absence to turn in make up work. Stay up to date by checking my website for assignments. Makeup tests: The student is responsible for arranging with the teacher to make up a test missed for an excused reason. Class time will not be sacrificed to support making up a test. Make up tests should be completed no later than two days before the next scheduled test. Situations may allow for a test to be taken early, although this will not be the norm. General Information Absences: As per the policy on pages 15-17 of the student handbook http://www.spearfish.k12.sd.us/shs/info/handbook/2008-09%20Student%20Handbook.pdf. Extra Help: 7:45 a.m., 3:15 p.m., and as mutually arranged. State Standards Upon completion of the Personal Finance course, students will demonstrate the Personal Finance Standards: 3
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