The Path Forward: NGPF Committed to Supporting Teachers In the Transition to Teaching Remotely

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Mar 23, 2020
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Teaching Strategies
Imagine waking up one morning and learning that the job you have held for 1, 5, 10, 20 or 40 years was fundamentally changing. Oh and you would need to adapt your practices after just two  days of training in these new methods. Also, at the same time you would need to take necessary precautions to protect you and your family's health from a pandemic. Yet, that is where we all stand today.  A monumental challenge for sure but what the NGPF team has seen over the past few weeks has been...

Question of the Day [Updated]: What is the maximum number of cells in a Google spreadsheet?

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Mar 23, 2020
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer: 5 million (up from 400,000 when this question was answered 4 years ago) Questions: Why do you think companies consider spreadsheet skills so important for their employees?  What has been your experience with spreadsheets? What problems have you been able to solve using them?  What are the advantages of using spreadsheets for calculations? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Gsuite): ...

TECH TIP: Quizizz

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Mar 23, 2020
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PRO Tip from NGPF
As many teachers are preparing to teach remotely and shifting their content online, we thought it would be helpful to post TECH TIP videos in place of our traditional TEACHER TIP video blog posts. NGPF Fellow, Amanda Volz, is creating short tutorial videos that demonstrate the basics of using some popular tech/web tools and ideas for using them with the NGPF curriculum. So, whether you are currently teaching online, planning to teach remotely in the future, or just want to brush up on some...

10 Practical Tips for Teaching Remotely

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Mar 22, 2020
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Teaching Strategies
Thank you to Brian Page for sharing his insights after his first week of teaching remotely with his students at Reading High School (Reading, OH). You can also see Brian in a bonus video as part of our documentary project, The Most Important Class You Never Had.  ------------------------------- I just completed my first week of teaching online and I’m anxious to share with others what worked and what didn’t. This is not a curriculum or resource post, but if you’re seeking...

Question of the Day: What is the deadline for filing your 2019 tax return?

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Mar 22, 2020
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Taxes, Question of the Day
Answer: July 15, 2020 Questions:  Just like school work, why is it important to know the deadline to file your tax return? What would be your advice for the 73% of tax filers who receive a tax refund? File as soon as possible or wait until July 15th? What would be your advice for the 27% of tax filers who owe the government additional taxes? File as soon as possible or wait until July 15th? What is the typical tax deadline? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the...

NGPF Documentary: The Most Important Class You Never Had [Updates]

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Mar 20, 2020
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Advocacy, Personal Finance, Teaching Strategies
We've added three bonus videos from Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin which you can find on our documentary webpage that feature these teachers and their students: Brian Page: Reading High School (OH) Joel Chrisler of Sauk Prairie High School (WI) Karsten Walker and Cole Kelley of Alpine School District (UT) Key videos: 36 minute documentary "Most Important Class You Never Had" 90 second student trailer that you can use to promote your program. Student voice is so important! Short trailer to...

Reading List for March 20-22

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Mar 20, 2020
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Current Events, Investing, Economics, Paying for College, Taxes
Dealing with our new reality—here are articles that you may find helpful. USA Today came up with this article to help kids come to terms with what is going on. The food supply is secure. No need to hoard groceries. While there will be shortages of some products as adjustments are made, like food that was going to restaurants will find its way to grocery channels, if anything, production is gearing up. (NYT) Jean Chatsky has been on NBC news affiliates today with her financial advice for...

NGPF Podcast from the Archives: Charlie Ellis on the indexing revolution

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Mar 20, 2020
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Podcasts, Investing
The markets are in bear territory and panic has hit Wall Street and Main Street. I thought it was time to bring back this podcast from Charlie Ellis who is a voice of reason with a great historical understanding of the markets. Enjoy! ------------------ Released on June 1, 2018   Harvard Business School professor, founder of influential investment consultant Greenwich Associates, chair of Yale University investment committee (top performing endowment led by David Swenson), director at...

FinCap Friday: When Good Goes Viral

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Mar 19, 2020
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FinCap Friday
NEW WITH FINCAP FRIDAY: EDPUZZLE VERSION AVAILABLE! More school closures are occurring across the country and we want to be sure to provide resources you can assign to students remotely. Along with the usual slides for FinCap Friday, an Edpuzzle version of each episode will be available weekly.  ----------------- In this FinCap Friday we check out some of the positive news surrounding philanthropic efforts occurring as a response to coronavirus. From companies to celebrities to ordinary...

Best of NGPF: Top 10 Non-Tech Activities for the Personal Finance Classroom

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Mar 19, 2020
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Activities
We have heard from many teachers over the past week about the need for no-tech personal finance activities given the reality that not all students will have access to technology in their homes. Jessica wracked her brain this afternoon to develop this top 10 list of NGPF resources that don't require technology. This list ranges the gamut in topics covered as well as in types of activities.  CARTOONS: Why is it So Hard to Save Money?: Choose a cartoon and analyze how it portrays the...

Only one day left to register...NGPF's FIRST Virtual Learning Conference (Saturday, March 21st)

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Mar 19, 2020
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Professional Development
What better way to culminate an incredible week of Virtual PDs than to attend NGPF's first Virtual Learning Conference. This week teachers participated in 1,274 hours of virtual professional development. Here's our favorite comment from this week: "Thank you for being the calm in this storm. I am starting to feel a little more comfortable with online teaching." So, what's a Virtual Learning Conference? An incredibly flexible format where you can join for one workshop or choose to register for...

Question of the Day [Updated]: What's the average monthly payment for a new car purchased in 2019?

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Mar 18, 2020
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Question of the Day, Credit Reports, Purchase Decisions
Answer: $554 Questions: When do you expect to buy your first car? Will you buy new or used? Explain your answer. Do you think that $554/month for a car payment is reasonable? Why or why not? What is the trend in monthly payments for new cars over the last five years? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Credit Karma):  Recent data indicates that new-car prices have gone up — by 2.3% from March...

EdPuzzle Thursday - TYPES OF CREDIT: Using Your Credit Card

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Mar 18, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Credit Cards
EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn remotely. We will be releasing a new EdPuzzle video here on the blog each week so that your students can answer questions that are directly embedded within engaging videos.  In this week's EdPuzzle video, your students will learn important information about a credit card such as the billing cycle, how interest is calculated, the impact of paying minimum payments or missing a payment, and how to use a...

Guest Post from Mark Rairigh: The First Change To My District's Graduation Requirements In Over 60 Years

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Mar 18, 2020
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Advocacy
Mark Rairigh is the Director of Secondary Education at Bryan City Schools in Bryan, Ohio. The high school in Mark's district, Bryan High School, is the 16th recipient of NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge grant funds of $10,000. Mark and his educator colleagues will be using the grant funds to implement a new personal finance graduation requirement beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. Here's Mark in his own words on how Bryan City Schools got to the Gold Standard: How long have you been...

Question of the Day: What's the probability of an American coming up with $2,000 in case of an unexpected need in February 2020?

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Mar 17, 2020
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Question of the Day, Savings, Research
With talk of federal stimulus which including a $1,000 to every adult over the age of 18, this question collected from survey data in February measures the level of financial fragility pre-Coronavirus slowdown.  Answer: 71.6% Questions: What types of unexpected needs might cost $2,000? How do you think that most adults would manage $1,000 check from the U.S. Government at this time? What’s the best way to prepare for an unexpected expense?  How do you think this percentage...

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