Sep 13, 2018
Activities, Teaching Strategies
We know that the job market of the future will reward creativity. It's one place where we still enjoy advantages over machines. You may be wondering, "how can I teach my students to be creative problem-solvers." The good news is that there lots of talented people trying to solve this problem. Today I am happy to share some ideas that I picked up from Tina Seelig's book, inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity. In this book, the Stanford d.school professor [NGPF fellows consistently vote the...
Sep 12, 2018
Spielberg, Disney, Einstein, Edison and J.K. Rowling. See if you can match up these wildly successful people with their early failures (answers at bottom of post):
a. Was a broke, depressed, divorced single mother simultaneously writing a novel while studying. Had her original manuscript rejected by 12 publishers (bet they regret it now!).
b. As a child he didn’t start speaking until he was four, reading until he was seven, and was thought to be mentally handicapped. He was later...
Sep 05, 2018
Behavioral Finance, Activities, Budgeting, Parent Conversations
During the college application process, students are told over and over again by family members and teachers that there are clear steps to follow:
1. Maintain a competitive GPA2. Take plenty of AP courses3. Score well on the SAT4. Partake in lots of extracurriculars
It’s easy to see why so many students obsess over GPA, sign up for SAT prep courses, and take on extra AP classes during their junior and senior year.
Perhaps it’s because money is such a taboo that students are rarely...
Jun 21, 2018
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...
Jun 05, 2018
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)
Free, no advertising
May 22, 2018
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...
Apr 26, 2018
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...
Apr 19, 2018
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...
Apr 17, 2018
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...
Apr 12, 2018
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...
Apr 04, 2018
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):...
Mar 23, 2018
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...
Mar 21, 2018
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?...
Feb 06, 2018
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:
Jan 16, 2018
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...