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Insurance is an incredibly important topic for students to understand, but it can also be really BORING! What are some things I could do in class to engage my students and help them develop an interest in insurance?

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Posted by Andrew Furth
Asked on December 16, 2015 12:47 pm
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I had that same question a few years ago and then I ran into Project Mayhem. A quick YouTube search and you’ll run across videos related to insurance. We watch a variety of them and then we break down what category of coverage applies. It makes for a fun day. :)

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Posted by mrk
Answered on December 17, 2015 5:43 am
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I show my students Project Mayhem videos from YouTube as well. We also have a lot of different insurance agents in town that I bring in to talk to the students. Try to relate it to them as much as possible. My students have always liked learning about auto insurance because it relates to them. I also have an assignment that I do with them when we talk about home owners/renters insurance where they have to make a list of everything they own and figure out what it would cost to replace it today.

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Posted by jamieschmitz
Answered on January 11, 2016 11:45 am
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I agree is so important to teach insurance in class and also quite boring. The Mayhem commercials on YouTube are great and I show them every semester and they cover just about every catastrophe you can encounter. I also talk more about renter’s insurance than a lot of the other topics since most of them will be renting apartments in college or after college and we go through creating a checklist of all the contents in their bedrooms for starters or I tell them to videotape their house or bedroom so they don’t forget anything. I also have them interview an adult about the importance of insurance. Having a guest speaker come in who can talk on their level is good if you can find someone. They will be especially interested in facts and figures about car insurance since many of them are starting to get their driver’s licenses.

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Posted by mfsomers
Answered on January 11, 2016 3:09 pm
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I think it is a good idea to connect with an insurance agent in town to come speak to your students. This gives you a chance to also show another career option for students. Mine come in and show a video on a car accident and have the students decide who is at fault and why. Then they go over the judgement in the case and discuss the amount paid out and hospital bills etc. It makes it very real life for the students and also gives us a chance to talk about the fact that the best way to SAVE on car insurance is to drive carefully!

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Answered on January 13, 2016 7:55 am
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To teach auto insurance I start the lesson with a play rug that has roads printed on it and matchbox cars in front of the classroom. I ask students to create accidents and then we discuss who is at fault, whose insurance would have to pay for the accident and which specific coverage would pay for the damages. The students are very engages and learn a lot from the hands on approach.

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Posted by ripleyh
Answered on January 14, 2016 6:25 am
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I preteach the vocabulary and the type of insurance. Then I develop short scenarios (aka case studies) for them to analyze. They work in pairs or triads to discuss the situation and make their recommendations and/or answer the questions. They really enjoy the case studies and it is very challenging for me to create new ones!

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Posted by janet
Answered on January 14, 2016 9:28 am
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