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?...
Jan 01, 2018
Interactive, Activity, Identity Theft, Behavioral Finance, Paying for College, Cryptocurrencies, Career, Current Events
Happy New Year from the NGPF team!
With the new year upon us, it must be time for the Top 10 NGPF Blog posts for 2017. The NGPF Blog not only provides a daily Question of the Day for the entire school year but also gives you a weekly reading list to keep abreast of trends in personal finance and activity ideas based on current events. These are just a few examples of the smorgasbord available for the information hungry personal finance educator on the NGPF Blog. Subscribe by going to the blog...
Dec 20, 2017
Schools In News, Audio Resource, Activity, Current Events, Featured Teachers, Financial Literacy, Professional Development, This Week In Financial Literacy
Grading U.S. states on teaching financial literacy: Some earn A’s, while others flunk (The Washington Post)
The third report card of the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College highlights the mixed record around the country — including in the D.C. region, where the District earned an F, while Virginia aced it and Maryland received a B. (See all grades below.) The grades are only a slight improvement from those given in 2015, when 24 percent of states and the...
Dec 05, 2017
Taxes, Current Events, Activity
How to make taxes exciting...hmm. That's a challenge! How about getting students to make predictions on the competing tax plans put forth by the House and Senate and predict where the final tax legislation will land?
First a little background. On late Saturday morning, the Senate passed a tax plan that now needs to be reconciled with the House plan that was passed a few weeks back. While many are confident that ultimately a bill will get to the President's desk to be signed before...
Nov 03, 2017
Article, Activity, Entrepreneurship, Personal Finance
When my family moved to a smaller house in a new city, my parents knew they would have to relinquish some possessions they either didn’t need any longer or ones that took up too much space. They decided to sell some of their old belongings so that we’d have a lighter load when we made the move. To do this, they had a garage sale, and, lo and behold, I was introduced to the world of the re-use economy.
Our loss was someone else’s gain on the day of the garage sale. Parents,...
Oct 20, 2017
Interactive, Activities, Activity
ENGAGE YOUR STUDENTS: TRY OUR NEW INTERACTIVE ACTIVITY WORKSHEETS!
Sometimes students need to experience content on their own to be truly interested and invested in the content you have covered in class! Using interactive charts, graphs, quizzes, and games helps students become active learners and provides opportunities for them to hone their analytical skills. NGPF has just...
Oct 18, 2017
NGPF Fellows, Activity, Advocacy, Financial Literacy, Teaching Strategies
Thanks to Julie Giglia, an NGPF Fellow and Business/Technology teacher at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School for this blog post. Julie strives to use technology in the classroom to enhance learning and make education innovative and fun for her students. Connect with her on Twitter @julegig or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In six months, April 2018, it will be National Financial Literacy month and one thing schools can do is host a Credit for Life Fair. The...
Oct 02, 2017
Parent Conversations, Personal Finance, Activities, Activity, Current Events, Question of the Day
I am always looking for ways to engage students and their parents (and guardians or grandparents or older relatives) in conversations about money. This activity idea came from this article in FT (subscription) which was written by an intern and titled...yes, you guessed it, "What I Wish I Knew About Money When I Was 18." The intern asked reporters and other financial experts to share their sage advice.
Here's a sampling of what they said:
"Young people have to understand that they need skills....
Sep 19, 2017
Investing, Activity, Activities, Article, Stocks, Index Funds
I am an avid reader of Ben Carlson's Blog A Wealth of Common Sense for a good reason; he takes this complex topic of investing which vexes many an educator and makes it accessible and simpler for all of us to understand. His recent post, 36 Obvious Investing Truths is a great example of this common sense approach to investing as he distills his years of experience into a set of "truths." Here are a few examples:
1. If you need to spend your money in a relatively short period of time it...
Sep 05, 2017
The NGPF team recently visited Carlmont High School (Belmont, CA), where we were able to observe and participate in a Mock Career Fair set up by math teacher John Rowe. Not only did this activity help the students get a sense of what a typical career fair is like, but afterwards we were able to give them constructive advice as to how they should present themselves and respond during an actual career fair. We created this step-by-step set of instructions for teachers looking to host a Mock Career...
Jul 31, 2017
Credit Scores, Article, Audio Resource, Activity, Activities
These two resources (audio and an article) caught my attention over the past week as they provide different perspectives on credit scores. The 3 minute audio from Marketplace (below) describes the history of credit scores in the U.S. and how they have evolved over time while the NY Times provides a plain English Q&A on the topic.
Audio from Marketplace (3:28):
A credit score is the calculated probability of how likely you are to pay debts. But it affects where you live, what car you can buy...
Jul 17, 2017
Activities, Credit Scores, Activity, Credit Cards, Investing, Stocks, Credit Reports, Generosity, Compound Interest
here is what they said. Day 1 of our July Summer Institute and we wanted to share with the community the top picks of these outstanding educators. But first, we asked them to explain a few things about this resource. Click on the link listed under Picture of Poster for educator answers to questions about their favorite resource, including:
Why is this your favorite?
What modifications (if any) did you make?
How did the resource work in your classroom?
What other feedback would you like to...
Jul 17, 2017
Credit Scores, Activity, Question of the Day, Current Events, Chart of the Week, Activities
A great bell ringer to see how many answers your students come up with before you reveal the answers (memories of the Family Feud).
From US News and World Report survey:
Looking for an engaging credit score activity (#1 on Google when you search for “engaging credit score activity”)?
Here are our two favorites that work well together:
Estimating a FICO Score
Use an online FICO credit score estimator to compare the credit scores of three hypothetical college students...
Jul 07, 2017
Activities, Credit Scores, Activity, Behavioral Finance, Career, Paying for College, Budgeting, Savings, Student Loans, Stocks, Current Events, Interactive
This month’s NGPF Favorites List comes from Sid Sharma – one of NGPF’s veteran “Power Interns” who has been with us for 3 years. Sadly, we will wish him well as he heads off to college this fall! We wanted Sid to reflect on his NGPF experience (he has literally “touched” every element in the NGPF curriculum) and highlight the resources that have enabled him to become the knowledgeable, action-oriented, process-innovator that he is today!...
Jun 29, 2017
Insurance, Activity, Research, Current Events, Activities, Parent Conversations, Interactive
Hat tip to Talitha Oliveri for pointing out this auto insurance comparison site (we had been looking for one like this for years that didn’t require setting up an account!!!). Your students are required to enter the following information, which will help them understand the factors that impact insurance rates, and they receive actual quotes from leading insurance companies:
Type of car
Leased vs. financed
Purpose of vehicle
Anti-theft device (yes/no)...