Category: Activities

Activity Idea: Engaging Parents Through Student Interviews

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Jun 21, 2018
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Parent Conversations, Activities, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers
Thanks to Danielle Stiebs of Oak Creek High School in Oak Creek, Wisconsin for sharing this resource during our first FinCamp PLUS in Madison this week. As personal finance educators, we all know the importance of parents/guardians as they have tremendous influence in money attitudes and behaviors of their children. We know from this Question of the Day that only about 61% of students talk to Mom and/or Dad about money.  She has developed some great questions (and tweaked them over the...

Tech Tool Review: MyKidsBank.org

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Jun 05, 2018
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NGPF Fellows, Teaching Strategies, Activities, Checking Accounts, Interactive, Personal Finance
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 Jill Wilson of Glenwood Springs High School in Glenwood Springs, CO. Here's what Jill has to say... Tech Tool: MyKidsBank.org  (Artificial online, electronic banking tool)  Cost: Free, no advertising Use...

Looking for engaging, end-of-year activities for your students? Here are 5 that will improve their financial futures!

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May 22, 2018
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Activities, Credit Scores, Investing, Paying for College, Student Loans
It’s that time of year again! Echoes of Alice Cooper jolt you from your bed. Schoooool’s OUT… a little while longer! You wolf down 3 cups of coffee and schlep to school. The hallways are abuzz before first period. State testing has wrapped. Sunshine and summertime beckon from just beyond, and students seem to be itching to do anything but learn. You have to summon everything in your power to keep your students engaged this deep into the waning school year. NGPF is here to...

Schools in the News

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Apr 26, 2018
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Schools In News, Activities, Featured Teachers, Behavioral Finance
Virginia announces 2018 Governor’s Challenge Champions in Economics and Personal Finance (Augusta Free Press) Congrats to educators in the NGPF Community, Jason Bartholomew of Nansemond River High School and Patricia Adams of Glen Allen High School, whose students starred in this competition.  100 BEST W!SE HIGH SCHOOLS TEACHING PERSONAL FINANCE (w!se) In 2013, W!se celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Financial Literacy Certification program and created the first...

Schools in the News

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Apr 19, 2018
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Schools In News, Entrepreneurship, Teaching Strategies, Current Events, Activities
Banking on the Future: Winooski Teacher Primes Students for Financial Success (KidsVT) When it comes to teaching kids personal finance, Vermont gets a D. The 2017 National Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools — put out by Champlain College's Center for Financial Literacy — dings the state for setting "modest levels" of personal finance education in state academic standards, providing no specifics on instruction and no oversight to the school...

Mini-Activity Idea: How To Avoid Financial Pitfalls

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Apr 17, 2018
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Financial Scams, Activities, Article, Activity, Behavioral Finance
A great article from Of Dollars and Data that highlights six of the "tried and true" methods that make us susceptible to financial trickery or just plain bad decisions. On the subject of trickery, be sure to check out NGPF's release of SIX NEW Financial Pitfalls Projects that will increase your student's savviness. So what are the six ways of influence described in the article (with the tag lines he provides): Authority: Trust me I'm an expert.  Commitment and consistency: Just say...

What's the Catch?: The Case of Golden Valley Loan Company

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Apr 12, 2018
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Activities, Financial Scams, Policy, Activity
If they won't regulate, we better educate.  Listening to Planet Money podcast (20 minutes) last week about an online lender,  Golden Valley Loan, Inc. It was being sued by CFPB for "unfair, deceptive and abusive business practices." Under new CFPB leadership, the lawsuit has been dropped.  So, I went to Golden Valley's website to read the fine print of their short-term, high interest loans to see if I could find the "gotchas."  What a beautiful website... Here's how they...

The "I'm Glad That I Have Renters Insurance" Activity (courtesy of Brian Page)

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Apr 04, 2018
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Insurance, Activities, Activity, Budgeting
While on the subject of insurance, thank you to Brian Page for sharing his two-part activity to teach students about renters insurance. Once students choose their policy option they get one of those unwelcome surprises where they get to immediately apply what they have learned. Here are links to Part I and Part II of the activity.  Renters Insurance has never seemed so exciting, so just remember, stay calm... ------------------------------ Handout: Renters Insurance Part I (20 minutes):...

NGPF Sweet Sixteen Day #4: Saturday Skirmish

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Mar 23, 2018
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Personal Finance, Activities, Investing, Interactive, Credit Scores, Budgeting, Behavioral Finance
The two weekend tilts are upon us! Who will join the 6 other Sweet Sixteen winners from the week? Time (and YOUR social media influence) will tell. Let ‘em hear your voice in the rafters, baby! Vote in Today’s Tilts: #4 Joining the Market vs. #13 FICO Score Simulator #5 Spent vs. #12 Think You Can Beat The Stock Market? FINAL Update on Sunday, March 25 at 7AM In a major upset, #13 FiCO Score advances to the Elite 8 with a 27-11 trouncing of Joining the Market. Pundits wonder...

NGPF Sweet 16: #2 Make It As an Uber Driver? vs. #15 Five Stocks On Your Birthday; #7 Online Tools and Apps vs. #10 Earnings By Major

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Mar 21, 2018
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Personal Finance, Stocks, Paying for College, Current Events, Career, Activity, Activities, Interactive, Employment
  FINAL RESULTS Midnight Thursday Uber Driver advances to the next round with a convincing win scoring 62 vs. Five Stocks 43 Earnings by Major upsets Online Tools and Apps by a score of 56-48 Update 12 noon Thursday Uber Driver continues to maintain its lead over Five Stocks at 59-41 (actual vote totals)  Earnings by Major has expanded its lead to vs. Online Tools and Apps with the score of 54-46 (actual vote totals). Where's the social media support for Online Tools and Apps?...

Activity Idea: Want a money goal to Stickk?

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Feb 06, 2018
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Activities, Behavioral Finance, Current Events
No that's not a typo. Hat tip to NGPF podcast guest, Jonathan Clements (he's got a great newsletter too!) for pointing me to this website, Stickk. Stickk is a goal setting platform created by a bunch of behavioral economists at Yale. Their platform relies on the power of the nudge (it won Richard Thaler a Nobel prize!) and public commitments to turn goals into reality. Here's their 4-step process: Here's a few of the goals that I saw listed this evening (2/4/18) on the site: Pay off...

Does your class think they can "beat the market?" This stock market simulation will give you the answer!

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Jan 16, 2018
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Behavioral Finance, Activities, Investing, Index Funds, Interactive
Ever since I found a stock market simulation posted on Quartz, I wanted to see what the results would be after each student in a class played 3-4 rounds of the game. Could they collectively beat the market? I blogged about it in August 2015 and the curriculum team developed a more robust activity using this simulation. A week ago, I got that chance to answer the question. First a little background to get you up to speed. Here's a quick synopsis of the investing game: This simulation uses prices...

The Simulation Every Kid Should Experience

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Jan 09, 2018
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Interactive, Budgeting, Tips for Teachers, Activities, Teaching Strategies
Thanks to Brian Page, educator extraordinaire from Reading High School (Ohio), for sharing his recent experiences with a poverty simulation.  ------------------ Kids learn best when they’re up, moving, and doing. It’s not everyday we can create an environment to replicate the real world topic at hand, but the moments we do allow us to connect those experiences to the personal finance topics we teach. A matter of fact, one of the most effective teaching methodologies is the...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Educator Brett Shifrin (and His Students) at Gould Academy (ME)

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Dec 22, 2017
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Podcasts, Index Funds, Activities, Stocks, Investing
To say Brett Shifrin is overscheduled is quite an understatement. Looking at his teacher profile at Gould Academy, one is left wondering how he gets it all done: Certified Financial Education (he built the course from scratch), Road Cycling Coach, Director of Ninth Grade Program, Advising Team Leader...and my favorite, Prep Snowboarding Coach (yes, Gould Academy is only minutes from the mountains) Brett is a math educator and an award winning one at that. He was selected...

The Retirement Conundrum: How Can I Engage My Students In Such An Important Topic?

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Dec 13, 2017
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Index Funds, WebQuest, Article, Activities, Retirement, Investing
Ok, I know that retirement is a long way off for your students, which makes it difficult to engage them on the topic. What if the focus instead was on the actions that you students can take in their 20s to set themselves up well for that period far off into the future?  Here's a Washington Post article that lists five actions that 20-somethings can take to get a jumpstart on their "nest egg." Well, it turns out we have an NGPF resource recommendation for each of their tips. Thanks to...