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

Introducing: My Classroom Podcast Series

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Sep 16, 2020
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Podcasts, Teaching Remotely, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers
This school year is like no other. Teachers across the nation are educating students in many different learning environments and are adapting their lessons and teaching strategies to best meet the needs of their students.    NGPF’s My Classroom is a 10-15 minute weekly podcast series that will follow the lives and classrooms of four rock star teachers.  Each one is from a different area of the country, a different type of school, and currently teaching in a different...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Financial Aid

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Sep 16, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Paying for College
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 "What Every Student Needs to Know About Financial Aid" reviews the importance of the FAFSA and the types of financial aid available to pay for college.       Interested in more...

Virtual Adaptation - MATH: Unit Price

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Sep 14, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Budgeting, Math
The activity MATH: Unit Price practices calculating the unit price for various items so that, when you go shopping, you can get the best deal. This activity allows students to learn how to calculate unit price as well as practice examples of when it will be used.    At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous learning, we’ve listed some adaptations and extension ideas that may work for your current classroom environment.   ...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Behavioral Economics

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Sep 09, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Economics
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 "5 Ways People Are Dumb With Money" discusses Richard Thaler's research on how we can predict our financial mistakes.     Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit our Video...

Virtual Adaptation - MOVE: Up and Down with Credit Scores

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Sep 07, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Credit Scores
The original version of the activity  MOVE: Up and Down with Credit Scores encourages students to move around the classroom to kinesthetically model how financial decisions can impact their credit score. At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous learning and/or limited movement in the classroom, we’ve created an adaptation activity that may work for your current classroom environment.  PLAY: Guess My Credit Score is an adapted...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Opportunity Cost

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Sep 02, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Economics
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 "The Hidden Costs of Every Decision You Make" explains the concept of opportunity cost. NOTE: Alcoholic beverages are mentioned in an example in this video.         ...

Virtual Adaptation - ANALYZE: The Influence of Social Media

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Aug 31, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Behavioral Finance
Have you ever thought about how social media might affect people’s spending behaviors? In the activity ANALYZE: The Influence of Social Media, students will explore various tactics that influencers and brands use to market products through social media.    At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous learning, we’ve listed some adaptations and ideas that may work for your current classroom environment.    Synchronous...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Scams

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Aug 26, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Financial Scams
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 scams.  The first EdPuzzle video titled "How to Spot Scams" discusses the characteristics of common types of scams.      In the second EdPuzzle video titled...

Virtual Adaptation - PLAY: Should They Open a Credit Card?

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Aug 24, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Credit Cards, Video Resource
In the activity PLAY: Should They Open a Credit Card, students will analyze the profiles of a few different individuals and determine whether opening a credit card is a smart choice for them. There are many creative ways this activity can be incorporated in the classroom. We’ve listed some ideas that may work well for a synchronous and asynchronous virtual learning environment.   Synchronous Environment Ideas: Display the scenario slide and put students into small group breakout...

EdPuzzle Thursday: A Guide to Giving

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Aug 19, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Generosity
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...

Tech Tip Tutorial Videos!

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Aug 17, 2020
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Teaching Remotely
Whether you are teaching online or teaching face-to-face, Edtech tools can be a useful classroom integration. With the school year right around the corner, we wanted to remind you of a series of Tech Tip tutorial videos on the NGPF YouTube channel.      There are four Tech Tip video tutorial videos:  Flipgrid: Flipgrid is a free tool that allows students to create short videos in response to a question or "topic". These videos can be viewed only by the teacher or used to...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Tax Dollars & Tax Brackets

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Aug 12, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Taxes
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 taxes.  The first EdPuzzle video titled "How Do Your Tax Dollars Get Spent?" explains exactly what areas and programs your federal tax money supports.     ...

Virtual Adaptation - MATH: Calculating Percentages

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Aug 10, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Math
The activity MATH: Calculating Percentages is a great way to review basic percentage calculations at the beginning of your course or unit. In this activity, students will practice calculating (either mentally or with a calculator) using various values that come up in shopping, spending your money wisely, and taking care of themselves.   At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous learning, we’ve listed some adaptations and supplemental...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Loose Change & REITs

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Aug 05, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Current Events, 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 - FINE PRINT: W4 Form

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Aug 03, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Taxes
The W4 Form has been redesigned. According to the IRS, “The new design reduces the form's complexity and increases the transparency and accuracy of the withholding system. While it uses the same underlying information as the old design, it replaces complicated worksheets with more straightforward questions that make accurate withholding easier for employees.”    The activity FINE PRINT: W4 Form allows students to analyze the new W4 Form and understand what information is...