FinCap Friday: Romance & Finance

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Feb 13, 2020
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FinCap Friday
In this FinCap Friday episode we check out the latest survey data about millennials, their money and love! With some new trends moving in the direction of non-traditional weddings and a new generation of couples willing to do things their own way, we now see less and less marriages. As a result of that we're seeing less divorce too. For a more in-depth look at what financial issues millennials are dealing with in their romantic relationships, go ahead and watch this week's FinCap Friday: If...

GOOGLE FORMS - VIDEO #6: How to Send Google Forms Assignments to Students

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Feb 13, 2020
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PRO Tip from NGPF
There are many advantages to using Google Forms in the classroom and NGPF has many Google Forms assignments and assessments ready for you to use! But, how do you send Google Forms assignments to students?  The SIXTH VIDEO in this series gives ideas and suggestions on how you can send a Google Form assignment or assessments to your students to complete.  1:00 - A variety of options to send a Google Form to your students 1:07 - Sending a Google Form via email 1:46 - Using a...

How many states require students to take a personal finance course before graduating from high school? Is it 6 or is it 21?

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Feb 12, 2020
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Advocacy
CEE recently released their Survey of the States which led to news articles which included these details:  “Twenty-one states now require financial literacy courses to graduate” (CNBC) "High school students in 21 states must now take a personal finance course in order to graduate" (NY Times) This, in turn, has led to a lot of inquiries as to why NGPF's Got Finance? research report on access to financial education finds that only 6 states require students to take a...

EdPuzzle Thursday: BUDGETING - Building a Budget

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Feb 12, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Budgeting
Want to assign videos with built-in questions? 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. We are excited to share with you a new video each week and a new topic each month! In this week's EdPuzzle video, your students will learn the basics of building a budget as well as the popular 50/30/20 rule of budgeting.  Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit our Video...

[Updated] Question of the Day: How much does the retail price for roses increase around Valentine's Day?

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Feb 12, 2020
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Question of the Day, Budgeting
Answer: Around 40% Early January price: $36/dozen roses Valentine's Day week price: $50/dozen roses Questions:  What economic concept helps to explains this surge in pricing? What other examples of items/services can you think of that have prices that change based on demand? What challenges do you think rose growers encounter around Valentine's Day? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Brads Deals):...

Chart of the Week: How do auto insurance premiums vary by age?

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Feb 11, 2020
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Chart of the Week
From Zebra State of Insurance report:  Questions: Using data from the chart above, explain why 16-17 year olds pay the highest insurance premiums?  What age group has the lowest premiums? Why do you think that is the case?  Based on the data above, at what age do you think driving skills first start to deteriorate?  As cars continue to add safety features, what impact do you think that will have on accident rates? on premiums?  ------------------- Thanks to NGPF super...

[Updated] Question of the Day: What percentage of Americans can not come up with the cash to cover a $400 emergency?

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Feb 11, 2020
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Question of the Day, Savings, Current Events, Credit Cards
Answer: 12% It is time once again to take a look at new data on this often quoted number, and put it in context. (In fact, 12% is the critical figure here, representing those who can’t pay it at all: 27% would have to borrow or sell something to cover the expense.) Questions: Are you surprised by this number? Why or why not? What are some emergency expenses that could amount to $400? How do you think the 39% cover this emergency cost if they don’t have money saved to cover it? What...

Guest Post from Melissa Wiese: My 1-year Sprint to the Gold Standard in Personal Finance

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Feb 11, 2020
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Advocacy
Melissa Wiese is a Personal Finance teacher from Reedsville High School in Reedsville, WI. Melissa's personal finance class is the 14th recipient of NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge grant of  $10,000, which will aid implementation of Melissa's school's new Personal Finance graduation requirement. What got you excited to teach and advocate for personal finance? Earlier in the fall of 2019, I attended a local NGPF FinCamp. As this was going to be my 1st year teaching Personal Finance at my...

Hook Students with Commercials in the Classroom! by Renee Nelson

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Feb 10, 2020
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Advertising, Featured Teachers, Behavioral Finance
Thanks for Renee Nelson, an NGPF Fellow teaching at KIPP NYC Prep High School in the Bronx, for submitting this guest blog post: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  It only takes thirty to ninety seconds to get someone’s attention and to convince them to make a big purchase or persuade them to try something new. Wrap your mind around that fact because it hasn't ever gotten the recognition it deserves. There’s only one category in the Primetime...

GOOGLE FORMS - VIDEO #5: How to Change the Settings in Google Forms

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Feb 10, 2020
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PRO Tip from NGPF
NGPF has many assignments and assessments available in Google Forms. One of the most important areas (and sometimes the most confusing areas) of the Google Form is the Settings.   The FIFTH VIDEO in this series explains all of the setting options in a Google Form...and gives some recommendations when using Google Forms assignments in the classroom. 1:20 - Where to access the settings in a Google Form 1:56 - General settings in a Google Form 5:02 - Presentation settings in a...

QoD: Electronic Arts vs. Activision: Which has been the better performing stock over the past five years?

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Feb 10, 2020
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Question of the Day, Investing, Stocks
Answer: Activision Questions: Reviewing the chart, how much would your $100 investment five years ago have grown if you had invested in... Electronic Arts? Activision? The overall stock market (S&P 500)?  Would you have been better off choosing between these 2 companies or just buying the overall stock market through an index fund?  Which games do you prefer?  Would that be enough information to drive you to invest in one company over the other? What else would you want...

Interactive Monday: Visualizing salaries for hundreds of occupations

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Feb 09, 2020
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Interactive, Career, Employment
A series of interactives from Flowing Data will help your students visualize how salaries vary between and within occupation groups. Useful for your career unit and also will work with math as it includes concepts such as median, percentiles and distributions. The first interactive ranks occupations by median salary and provides a sense of the number of people within an occupation by the size of the bubble (click below to go directly to the interactive which allows you to scroll over each bubble...

Question of the Day: Which household chores require the most time in a given week?

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Feb 09, 2020
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Question of the Day, Budgeting
Answer (courtesy of Financial Times): Questions: As families have gotten busier and busier, companies have cropped up to help them save time for these chores. Can you name a few for each category (e.g. Uber Eats or Door Dash delivers food from restaurants to save time in meal prep.)?  Which, if any of these categories, do you think that you/your family would consider using? Why?  These new companies have also created lots of "gig economy" jobs? Which of these jobs might you consider...

Reading List for February 7-9

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Feb 07, 2020
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Financial Literacy, Personal Finance, Economics, Investing, Career
It's Oscars weekend, and here is a documentary you should watch leading up to the event if you haven't yet!  NGPF released the documentary “The Most Important Class you Never Had” this week.   Financial Literacy CNBC covered the release of the CEE biannual Survey of the States on Wednesday. “Research shows that these requirements make a difference,” said Nan Morrison, the president and CEO of the Council for Economic Education, which released...

NGPF Podcast: Dr. John Lim on why he wrote a finance book for his kids

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Feb 07, 2020
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Podcasts, Personal Finance
I know you'll enjoy this conversation with Dr. John Lim, a radiologist so passionate about financial education that he got up at 5:30am to write a book to teach his kids about money. Find out about John's laws of finance and how he took this complex topic and made it digestible.    Details: 0:00~1:50 Introduction 1:50~4:03 Early money lessons 4:03~5:57 Motivation for learning about personal finance 5:57~8:43 Role of trustees 8:43~10:44 Burn-outs in medicine 10:44~13:08 Starting to...

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