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Today I taught our “How Do I Budget?” case study, which provides a sample set of spending patterns for Alana. When trying to help the fictional character fix her budget woes, MANY students come up with, “Oh, she needs to stop going to the mall altogether. That saves $300!” or “She doesn’t need to eat out. She could eat groceries at home that her parents paid for.” Some students reflect and realize it’s not so simple to just change all of your behaviors. Suggestions on how to push more of them to think deeper or realize change isn’t always so straightforward?

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Posted by Jessica Endlich
Asked on March 14, 2016 5:00 pm
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Here is my suggestion. Expand the project. Make them take on the role of Alana, and try doing the behaviors that they suggest for her for one or two weeks. Then have the students reflect on if that would be effective and realistic. Or, you could use Alana as an example and then have them decide what two things should they cut back on or stop doing? What are the behaviors/habits in their life holding them back? And again, make them try that change for a couple of weeks and reflect on how hard behavior change really is.

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Posted by kherrild
Answered on April 11, 2016 11:38 am
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