Question of the Day: What financial habit do almost 2 out of 3 senior citizens wish they had done more of when they were younger?

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Dec 11, 2018
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Question of the Day, Savings, Research, Behavioral Finance
Answer: Save money Questions: Why do you think so many seniors wished they had saved more? Without savings, what income does a retired senior citizen have to live on?  Are you a good saver? If not, do you have any ideas that can help you become one?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (National Bureau of Economic Research): We asked persons aged 60 to 79 whether, if they were given the chance to...

Tech Tool Review: EdPuzzle

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Dec 11, 2018
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NGPF Fellows, Video Resource
Teachers who attend our Summer Institute in Palo Alto become NGPF Fellows the following school year -- this Fellowship includes presenting with us at PD sessions, offering NGPF feedback on products, writing guest blog posts, ... the list goes on. Today features a Tech Tool Review from James Redelsheimer of Robbinsdale Armstrong High School in Plymouth, MN. Here's what James has to say... Tech Tool:   EDpuzzle Cost:   20 Videos Free, Pro Teacher comes with unlimited videos for...

Chart of the Week: State Minimum Wages

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Dec 11, 2018
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Chart of the Week, Career, Employment, Math
Chart courtesy of Statista:  Questions: Why do you think there is such a difference in the minimum wage rates by state?  What is the minimum wage in your state? Is it different in your area?  What do you think determines minimum wage levels in a given market (city, town, county)?  Analyzing this chart, what would you guess the federal minimum wage is? Describe the typical worker that earns the minimum wage (education level, age, experience, type of job, industry)? What do...

Question of the Day: What was the most important consideration in choosing a college major for the Class of 2017?

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Dec 10, 2018
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Question of the Day, Paying for College, Career, Employment
Answer: Availability of jobs Questions: Why do you think that job availability is so important for recent college graduates?  As you consider education beyond high school, what are the factors you will consider in picking a course of study or major?  Do you think the expected career paths match up with the jobs of the future?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (from Visual Capitalist) For...

Just One Resource - COMPARE: Charities

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Dec 10, 2018
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Just One Resource, Generosity
    In this weekly blog post, the Curriculum team will highlight Just One Resource from our NGPF collection that maybe doesn't get the attention it deserves. Use it this week or bookmark it for later.  [The Resource]  COMPARE: Charities The Gist: During this season of giving, it's important to look closely at how charities, nonprofits and organizations use people's donations. With this activity, your students will research organizations and causes that they are...

Question of the Day: What percentage of Americans have NOT shopped around for auto insurance for two years or more?

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Dec 09, 2018
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Question of the Day, Insurance, Research, Behavioral Finance
Answer: 48% Questions: What types of items do you shop around for before making the purchase decision? What types of items do you NOT shop around for before purchasing ? Why do you choose not to find other prices for these items? What are ways that you can compare prices for auto insurance policies?  If you were told that you could save $400 a year if you shopped around for auto insurance, would you do it?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that...

Interactive Monday: Poverty Rate by State

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Dec 09, 2018
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Interactive, Budgeting, Research
Thanks to Beth Tallman for pointing out this interactive map from Overflow Solutions: Orientation: Color: Blue is lower poverty and orange/red is higher poverty rate Graph on right tracks the individual state poverty rates from 2009-2017 The U.S. map also tracks data from 2009-17 allowing students to see the time series unfold Questions: Use this resource to discover how these poverty rates are determined. In your own words, what does it mean to live in poverty?  How have the poverty...

What I'm Reading This Weekend (December 7-9) V2

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Dec 08, 2018
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Personal Finance, Behavioral Finance, Stocks, Current Events
I had so much fun skimming through my favorite bloggers and curators that I thought I would provide a bonus edition of "what I'm reading..." Hat tip to the Tadas at Abnormal Returns and Barry at Big Picture Blog. They make curating these awesome articles on Friday soooooo much easier. Thanks! Here's what caught my attention this week:  State of Financial Education Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (the agency formerly know as the CFPB) releases their Annual Report on...

Reading List for December 8-9

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Dec 07, 2018
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Personal Finance, Retirement, Economics, Financial Scams
Personal Finance Two articles popped up on this topic this week based on a research paper by economists at the Fed: Millennials are bucking trends not because they don’t want the same things previous generations wanted, but because they can’t afford them. (WAPO) (The Atlantic) Ever go into a fast food restaurant and find you can’t pay with cash? No problem, unless you don’t have a credit/debit card or smartphone. (NYT) Financial scammers play on your emotions, among...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to LendStreet Founder and CEO Jerry Nemorin

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Dec 07, 2018
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Podcasts, Entrepreneurship
From a young, impressionable age, Jerry Nemorin “[watched] family members’ parents play whack-a-mole with bills and debt.” He wanted to change the fate of not only his family but consumers in the U.S. who had experienced the same financial ordeal. Thus, LendStreet was born in the depths of the 2008 Recession, and it has been helping consumers manage their debts in a sustainable way whilst also helping them rebuild their credit score. Hear more about the company’s origins...

FinCap Friday: Speeding Into the Future

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Dec 06, 2018
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FinCap Fridays, Budgeting, Current Events, Research
Have you seen those driverless cars in your neighborhood? If they are not there yet..they will be soon! This FinCap Friday is sure to engage your students as they learn about the technology behind autonomous vehicles and the ethical issues that will arise from their use. Explore with your students whether this is a technology they will adopt quickly or will they take a "wait and see" approach. Will their generation have a different perspective on whether you need to "own a car." We'd love to...

What are your PRO Tips for using Teacher Toolkit?

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Dec 06, 2018
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PRO Tip from NGPF
THE PROBLEM: You've heard about our Teacher Toolkit, but you haven't had a chance to explore quite yet. Let Abby & Sonia tell you more...   THE ANSWER: Watch this short video to hear a PRO Tip on why the Teacher Toolkit was created, who can benefit from it, and where to find it. What to receive a weekly PRO Tip to your inbox? Sign up for the blog digest on the upper right of our blog page. ...

Videos (4): PBS NewsHour On The Future Of Work

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Dec 06, 2018
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Career, Video Resource, Employment
PBS NewsHour has been running an excellent series this week titled the Future of Work. These should be mandatory in high schools across America to help students grasp the changing world of work that they will be stepping into after high school, college or graduate school. For each of these 7-8 minute videos, we developed a set of questions to spark the conversation.   In rural Appalachia, can health care become the new coal?  Questions: Why is the need for improved medical care so...

Chart of the Week: How have family budgets changed over the past 100 years?

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Dec 05, 2018
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Chart of the Week, Budgeting, Research
From The Atlantic:  Hat tip to Sonia from the NGPF team for pointing out this informative article from the Atlantic. Here's how it described life in 1900:  In 1900, seen from perch of the Bureau of Labor Statistics -- which counts national jobs, income and spending -- the United States is like one big farm surrounded by a cluster of small factories. Almost half of the country works in agriculture. As for the budding services economy: There are more household servants than sales...

Question of the Day; What is the preferred method of communication for 13-17 year olds? Social media, texting or in-person?

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Dec 05, 2018
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Career, Question of the Day, Research, Chart of the Week
Answer: Texting Questions: What is your preferred method of communication? Explain. How do you think these percentages will change by 2023?  What are situations where in-person communication might be more effective than texting or social media?  Do you think these preferences will impact communication patterns in the workplace in the future? Explain.  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers...

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