Jan 02, 2020
Activities, Question of the Day, FinCap Friday, Podcasts, Interactive
We've been posting "Best of 2019 Lists" over the holiday period. In case you missed them, here are links to the posts that list the most popular NGPF resources in each of these categories. Here's to hoping you find some gems here that you can use when classes start up again. Envelopes please...
Question of the Day
Arcade Games and Interactive Library
Product Releases [summary of all of the new NGPF resources developed in 2019]
Thank you to...
Dec 29, 2019
Taxes, Activity, Budgeting, Interactive, Activities
Our December newsletter highlighted the NGPF new product launches from 2019 (there were 12 of them!). Thank you to all the educators who tell us what they need as that drives what we build!
Here's a ranking of the 2019 product releases (with links to product release email in case you missed it the first time):
Infographics To Start The School Year
Top NGPF Resources: One Page Guides
New NGPF Arcade Game: Shady Sam
Revamped Semester Course
Just-In-Time: Updated Taxes Unit...
Nov 18, 2019
Credit Scores, Activities
This activity was adapted from a recent WSJ article (sub. required) about credit scores. The activity takes students through scenarios and students predict how each one will impact their credit score. What becomes evident quickly is that for consumers with limited credit histories, early missteps can have a dramatic negative impact on credit scores.
Oct 03, 2019
Investing, Activities, Behavioral Finance
Here's an activity I did with my class a few years back that helped simulate the psychological aspects of investing.
It's a pretty simple game with multiple ways that you could extend and increase its complexity.
You are starting the game with a fictional balance of $100
This game will have 10 rounds
The player with the highest balance after 10 rounds will be the WINNER!
How each round proceeds:
Each student independently decides if they...
Aug 16, 2019
Podcasts, Economics, Activities
Thom and Mike share a common passion: creating classroom economies to bring economics and personal finance to life for their students. Thom and Mike share their different approaches to bringing this engaging tool into middle and high school classrooms. Enjoy!
2:20~7:31 Thom’s YouTube video class and tips to building engagement
7:31~13:07 Mike’s method of bringing economics to life
13:07~22:39 Tom’s middle school classroom economy
Mar 10, 2019
Checking Accounts, Debit Cards, Activities
What do financial institutions like to hide in the fine print? If they keep "hiding the ball" there we better teach our students to "read the fine print!"
Here are a few leading banks and the "footnotes" (small print and bottom of page) that you can find on their Overdraft Protection pages:
Bank #1 [click to go to source]:
Bank #2 [click to go to source]
Click on one of the bank links above and analyze the overdraft services provided by the bank. Identify pros/cons of each of...
Feb 14, 2019
PRO Tip from NGPF, Activities
THE PROBLEM: I've created my own copy of the Student Activity Packet, and my students have their own copies in my LMS, but they can't edit any of the activities INSIDE the Student Activity Packet. Why not?
THE ANSWER: Watch this short video for a quick life hack to those pesky activities that say View Only.
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Dec 12, 2018
Activities, Lesson Idea, Generosity, NGPF Fellows
NGPF Fellow Sue Suttich of Tigard High School (Tigard, OR) wrote in with this awesome spin she put on our Philanthropy lesson and materials (found in the "Bonus" section of our website), just in time for the winter holidays! Read on to hear Sue's creative idea for her sports marketing class.
I wanted to share with you a way I have used your Charity/Philanthropy project. I think it is a good way to show teachers your projects can fit...
Nov 06, 2018
Research, Teaching Strategies, Personal Finance, Interactive, Activities, Paying for College
A huge thank you to educators who have shared their excitement about our website and PD offerings to their colleagues. You have helped us expand our impact as we have added over 10,000 teachers to our platform in just the last 12 months. The largest source of new teachers: "word of mouth." This allows NGPF to spend less on marketing our services and more on serving teachers with FREE curriculum, PD and advocacy efforts.
This jump in teachers has translated to tremendous growth with our...
Oct 12, 2018
Podcasts, Tips for Teachers, Personal Finance, Activities
Brain Arts Production is the brainchild—pun intended—of Gwen Tulin and Victoria Golden, who have a passion for using the dramatic arts to educate young people about money. This Chicago-based nonprofit has a mission to help students build financial literacy skills through the creative method of learning by doing. The organization teaches students money skills through projects such as pitching a business in a Shark Tank scenarios or staying on budget while producing a short film. Gwen...
Oct 08, 2018
Checking Accounts, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers, Activities
Thanks to NGPF Fellow Charles Kafoglis for sharing this recent checking activity he did with this students which yielded some surprising results.
Here's the view from the trenches:
Each year, in my unit "Bank On It", I use the NGPF Activity to have students describe and compare checking accounts. They must compare checking accounts from three different types of banks: national/regional/local, credit unions, and online banks. One of the three banks must be their current...
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...