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Sunday, August 23, 2015


How Insurance Became Interesting

As an Architect at SHP Leading Design and volunteer with Design LAB (Learn and Build), I am regularly working with educators, administrators, and community members to develop progressive learning environments for the next generation of learners, which requires an understanding of the different ways students learn.and retain information. At the forefront of effective learning styles is project based learning (PBL), which is a type of instruction, where students work together to solve real-world problems in their schools and communities. Successful problem-solving often requires students to draw on lessons from several disciplines and apply them in a very practical way. The promise of seeing a very real impact becomes the motivation for learning. This is what the Starter Home 2.0 project has been all about for me, and explains why for the first time in my life, I was actually interested and excited to learn about Insurance.
This past Friday, I took a vacation day from work and met with my insurance agent to go over how to go about insuring the home once construction is complete. We discussed everything from the amount the insurance should be for, to what additional coverage needs to be added through endorsement to ensure I have complete protection, to a detailed cost breakdown of the policy. This wasn't the first time that I've learned about homeowners insurance having taken several personal finance classes back in high school and college, but thanks to the project based learning experience, it was the first time I was enthusiastic about the content and actually retained information regarding the subject matter.