St. Rose Grammar School eighth grade math teacher, Colleen Reilly, is working on creative ways to regain the attention of her students. Cartoons, Starbucks, MSG, and Nintendo are just a few catch names Reilly has used to pull the attention of her math students back into focus, as they begin to study the stock market this winter.
"Mrs. Reilly has always been an innovative teacher, thinking creatively and developing projects that inspire as well as teach," said Travis Semblewski the school's marketing coordinator. "It's not learning about the stock market that is remarkable, it's how Mrs. Reilly blends math, technology, business, and student interaction, that makes this project special."
After understanding how a stock was created, the students were able to pick their own stock. Some chose clothing, others chose food, while cars and electronics also made the list. "Did you know that if you bought one share of Coca-Cola stock in 1950 it would be worth almost $700,000?" Reilly asked her students. This led right into the up and down side of the market topic. With wide eyes open, students began to ask more and more questions.
Each math class starts with checking stock prices and listing it for a graphing project in the near future. Class discussions are sparked each morning. What is the DOW? What is a dividend? How do you buy a stock? Reilly answers her students questions energetically but she also relies on her husband, Tom who is a sales trader at Citi Group. "We have had several conference calls to clarify a question or two that I wanted more information on," said Reilly "We are planning a Skype conference call where students can speak with traders. Real Life math is always more interesting. It's nice to be able to use decimals, graphing, fractions, integers, and technology, without them focusing on the fact that they are really doing math."
With all the current market turmoil this project seems very relevant. Reilly said the topic also interested her, so she wanted to share the importance of economy and its effect on the nation.[[In-content Ad]]