About the Author

Amanda Volz

Amanda joins the NGPF Team with 18 years of experience teaching personal finance. During that time, she led her students to hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships, won multiple awards, and most importantly, impacted the financial lives of thousands of high school students. Amanda prides herself on being an educational leader and is constantly looking for innovative ways to make the classroom relevant, rigorous, and fun. She is a passionate advocate for financial education and has been a long time member of the NGPF community. Fun fact - Amanda was NGPF’s first teacher account! When Amanda isn’t working, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and traveling with her husband and two children.

Author: Amanda Volz

Virtual Adaptation - INTERACTIVE: Credit Across US Communities

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Jul 06, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Credit Cards, Credit Scores
The activity INTERACTIVE: Credit Across US Communities allows students to use an online, interactive map tool to answer questions about credit usage around the United States. The interactive map designed by The Federal Reserve Bank of New York allows an opportunity for students to analyze data and learn more about communities' access to credit and credit stress levels.   At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous learning, we've listed some...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Should I Buy Gold & Bitcoin?

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Jul 01, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Investing
EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn remotely. We will be releasing new EdPuzzle videos here on the blog each week so that your students can answer questions that are directly embedded within engaging videos. In light of the current pandemic, we will also be adding current event videos from Two Cents when relevant. So, on Thursday over the next few weeks, look for a combination of unit specific and current event EdPuzzle videos!  This...

Virtual Adaptation - PLAY: The Ultimatum Game

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Jun 29, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Behavioral Finance
PLAY: The Ultimatum Game is a classroom experiment that demonstrates how irrational humans can be when making financial decisions. With this game, students will explore the behavior and emotions behind the financial decisions they make. In this activity, students will be presented with this scenario: Two Teacher Tips: As classroom discussion will be key to learning the behavioral finance principles of this activity, it is important to review the Teacher Guide before facilitating this activity...

Summer Curriculum Updates!

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Jun 24, 2020
As we head into the summer months, we hope you find some time to relax, recharge, connect with family & friends, attend a few online PDs, and reflect on an unprecedented school year. We know many of you use the summer months to plan ahead, so we wanted to give you some information on curriculum updates, new releases, and other curriculum-related projects the NGPF Team is currently working on.    Curriculum Updates The Curriculum Team will be updating several units this summer. The...

Virtual Adaptation - COMPARE: Select a Checking Account

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Jun 22, 2020
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Teaching Remotely
When you are trying to open a new financial account of any type, there are two core principles you should keep in mind:  Brainstorm which features or criteria matter most to you, personally, for how you plan to use the account. Comparison shop to see which accounts or financial products best meet your specific needs.   The activity COMPARE: Select a Checking Account allows students to implement these core principles. In this activity, students will determine which features they value...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Retirement & The FIRE Movement

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Jun 17, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Investing
EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn remotely. We will be releasing new EdPuzzle videos here on the blog each week so that your students can answer questions that are directly embedded within engaging videos.  This week we have two EdPuzzle videos both focusing on retirement.  The first EdPuzzle video titled "Is Retirement Even Possible?" discusses how much money is needed in retirement, factors that contribute to a low retirement...

Virtual Adaptation - COMPARE: Needs vs Wants

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Jun 15, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Budgeting
A key aspect of creating a budget that works is determining needs from wants. This type of lesson is typically a staple when teaching personal finance. In the activity, COMPARE: Needs vs Wants, students will prioritize budget items to determine their needs vs wants and consider how their values and budget ultimately determine how they spend their income. At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous learning, we've listed some adaptations and extension...

Amanda Volz - Why I Am Passionate About Financial Education

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Jun 12, 2020
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Personal Finance
An alumnus of the high school where I have taught for 18 years came back as a passionate advocate for personal finance education. He had attended a top-notch college and racked up $120,000 in student loan debt. Determined to pay it off, he set out on a path to be debt-free, but soon discovered how difficult it can be without a financial education. This young man never took my class, but he was back to tell the current students at my high school that this was the most important class he never...

EdPuzzle Thursday: The Stock Market

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Jun 10, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Investing
EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn remotely. We will be releasing new EdPuzzle videos here on the blog each week so that your students can answer questions that are directly embedded within engaging videos. In light of the current pandemic, we will also be adding current event videos from Two Cents when relevant. So, on Thursday over the next few weeks, look for a combination of unit specific and current event EdPuzzle videos!  This...

Virtual Adaptation - CALCULATE: Completing a 1040

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Jun 08, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Taxes
Taxes can be a tough topic to teach high school students, and even more difficult when you are teaching remotely. However, learning how to file your taxes is an important life skill for all students to learn. The activity CALCULATE: Completing a 1040 requires students to complete a 1040 Form for individuals with a variety of backgrounds and personal situations.  At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous learning, we've listed some adaptations...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Are We Headed For a Depression?

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Jun 03, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Current Events
EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn remotely. We will be releasing new EdPuzzle videos here on the blog each week so that your students can answer questions that are directly embedded within engaging videos. In light of the current pandemic, we will also be adding current event videos from Two Cents when relevant. So, on Thursday over the next few weeks, look for a combination of unit specific and current event EdPuzzle videos!  This...

Virtual Adaptation: COMPARE: Types of Car Insurance

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Jun 01, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Insurance
As the school year is coming to an end for many teachers and learning is taking place online, keeping students engaged is key. One topic that always proves to be interesting to students is buying and insuring a car. The activity COMPARE: Types of Car Insurance requires students to identify the different types of auto insurance coverage and determine the appropriate type of insurance to cover damages in multiple scenarios.  At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Checking Accounts & A Cashless Society

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May 27, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Checking Accounts
EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn remotely. We will be releasing new EdPuzzle videos here on the blog each week so that your students can answer questions that are directly embedded within engaging videos.  This week we have two EdPuzzle videos; one focusing on checking accounts and one answering the question - is cash going extinct?   The first EdPuzzle video titled "Know Your Checking Account" reviews how to write a...

Virtual Adaptation - Budgeting Case Study: How Do I Budget?

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May 25, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Budgeting
Budgeting is a foundational topic in any personal finance class. A hidden gem in the NGPF curriculum is case studies. A great activity that combines both of these variables is Case Study: How Do I Budget?  NGPF Case Studies present personal finance issues in the context of real-life situations. Students explore decision-making, develop communication skills, and make choices when there is no "right" answer. In this case study, students learn the basics of budgeting, from setting priorities,...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Banks vs Credit Unions

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May 20, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Checking Accounts
EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn remotely. We will be releasing new EdPuzzle videos here on the blog each week so that your students can answer questions that are directly embedded within engaging videos.  This week's EdPuzzle video titled "Are Credit Unions Better Than Big Banks?" reviews the pros, cons, and fees of big banks and credit unions.       Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit our Video...