A new roster of students with names to learn, a classroom to design and lesson plans to carefully construct—school is officially back in session!
Between your vision for the year’s lesson plans and meeting Ohio’s new learning standards, there may be a subject area or two that’s proving to be a bit more challenging than others. Scratching your head, you ask yourself, “How can I prepare and present this topic?”
For teachers lacking insurance knowledge, or for those who simply need a fresh approach, the Ohio Insurance Institute (OII) offers a variety of teaching tools and resources to help ease the burden of creating insurance-based lesson plans.
Here, we preview some of these offerings that will help take the guesswork out of teaching and engaging students in this somewhat challenging topic.
Ready-to-use insurance lesson plans
OII’s lesson plans address real-life insurance needs of young adults and include a variety of classroom resources. Our pre-designed plans are simple to download and follow, and cover such topics as:
- Owning and insuring a car: How important is auto insurance? What’s covered and what’s not? How much will a traffic ticket really cost you?
- How your use of credit impacts insurance rates: Learn what consumers need to know about credit-based insurance scores and how they can impact your insurance rates.
- Protecting your “stuff” through renters insurance, plus a cool online tool to document your household inventory.
- Test your insurance knowledge: Insurance crosswords and trivia game templates that actually make learning insurance concepts fun.
Consider a career in insurance
Be sure to check out our Insurance Careers site where students can investigate 30 career pathways that might get them thinking beyond their high school years. Here, students learn about industry career opportunities interactively along with videos and other resources.
Request a classroom speaker
Sometimes it’s simpler to invite an insurance expert to your class to do all the talking. Luckily, OII’s network of insurance professionals provides ready and willing industry experts that can share their knowledge with your students.
InVEST in insurance literacy
The InVEST program supplies teachers with all of the program essentials you’ll need, including:
- Assistance from national staff and a Teacher Task Force
- Printed textbooks
- Teacher guides
- Online games and lessons
- Personality assessment with insurance career fit
- Guest speakers
- Scholarships for participating students
Click here to learn more about InVEST and becoming involved in shaping the future insurance workforce.
More OII teacher resources
In addition to lesson plans, OII offers a variety of other online teaching tools too.
- Online insurance edu-games, Key to Responsibility (auto insurance) and Renters Insurance
- Strive to Drive hands-on board game
- Insurance TV commercials to launch insurance conversations and engage students
- Insurance and safety organization information
- Weather safety materials for elementary-aged students
Visit OII’s dedicated teacher resource hub for quick access to materials, with even more insurance education options such as our teacher’s online graduate-credit course and OII’s Insurance Educator of the Year award program.
Teachers: What materials work best for you? What additional items would you recommend for insurance-related lesson-planning? Share your comments below.
P.S. Still not comfortable explaining insurance topics to students? No problem! You’re a perfect candidate for OII’s online graduate-credit course, Insurance Basics for Teachers. This online course is offered 4 times a year through Wright State University for teachers just like you. OII offers a limited number of teacher scholarships, amounting to 50% of the course cost. So, what are you waiting for? Apply for a scholarship and then register for the online course.
Posted: September 10, 2014