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: MOVE Activities (Part II)

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May 18, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Insurance
Last week, we posted virtual adaptations for three of our most popular MOVE activities (view the post here). By request, here are adaptation ideas for TWO additional MOVE activities. As a reminder, these ideas are not meant to take away from the magic of MOVE activities. NGPF MOVE activities are some of the best activities to encourage movement and collaboration in a traditional learning environment. However, at a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Price Gouging & Inflation

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May 13, 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. 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: MOVE Activities

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May 11, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Budgeting, Investing, Taxes
MOVE activities are some of the best NGPF activities to use in the traditional classroom. They require students to apply their knowledge through a fun, out-of-their-seats, whole class challenge. But times are different right now and learning is taking place remotely. So, how can teachers take the context of the MOVE activity and use it in the digital environment? We have created TWO adaptations to THREE of our most popular MOVE activities that you can use in either a synchronous or asynchronous...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Emergency Funds & Side Hustles

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May 06, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Savings
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 saving and one focusing on side hustles.  The first EdPuzzle video is titled "Emergency Fund Bootcamp" & reviews practical reasons for having an emergency...

Virtual Adaptation - COMPARE: Tax Forms & Their Purpose

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May 04, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Taxes
Tax forms contain so many letters and numbers that it can be hard for students to keep them straight. COMPARE: Tax Forms & Their Purpose is an activity that has students identify the purpose of a variety of tax forms including the W-2, W-4, 1099, 1040, and I-9. At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering asynchronous and synchronous learning, we've listed some adaptations that might work for your current classroom environment.   ASYNCHRONOUS Learning Environment Ideas:...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Economic Stimulus (COVID-19) & Pay Yourself First

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Apr 29, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Current Events, Savings
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 be also 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 - CARTOONS

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Apr 27, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Cartoons
Every unit in the NGPF curriculum has a CARTOONS activity where students examine a number of cartoons about the unit topic and analyze one of them in-depth to determine the message being sent and a connection to what they have learned. Here is an example from the Savings Unit - CARTOONS: Why is it So Hard to Save Money?  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...

EdPuzzle Thursday - SAVING: Compound Interest & The Rule of 72

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Apr 22, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Compound Interest, Savings
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 videos are both related to SAVING.  The first EdPuzzle video titled "Understanding Compound Interest" teaches students the benefits of starting to save and invest as early as possible to reap the benefit of compound...

Teaching Remotely Series: A Ready Made Alternative to a Traditional Test

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Apr 21, 2020
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Tips for Teachers, Teaching Strategies, Teaching Remotely
Every Saturday, NGPF Fellows meet to discuss distance learning strategies, classroom tips & tricks, check in on one another, and just say hello. The conversation in our last meeting was focused on the topic of alternative assessment ideas; something different than a traditional test. The main theme of this conversation was CHOICE: empowering students to choose an assessment type that is engaging to them. Born from the conversation was this ASSESSMENT ALTERNATIVES CHOICE BOARD.    ...

EdPuzzle Thursday - MANAGING CREDIT: Credit Scores

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Apr 15, 2020
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PRO Tip from NGPF, Credit Scores
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 videos are both related to MANAGING CREDIT.  The first EdPuzzle video titled "Kal Penn Explains Credit Scores" is not new to the NGPF Video Library, but a great resource to explain the basics of credit scores in a...

EdPuzzle Thursday - COVID-19 EMERGENCY BUDGET & MANAGING CREDIT

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Apr 08, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Credit Scores
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 be also 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...

EdPuzzle Thursday - COVID-19: Market Crash & The Stimulus Bill

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Apr 01, 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.  This week's videos, from Two Cents, are related to COVID-19.  In the first EdPuzzle video, your students will learn the impact this pandemic has had on the stock market and tips when investing in a bear market.    In...

THREE More Tech Tip Videos!

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Mar 26, 2020
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PRO Tip from NGPF
As more and more teachers are delivering content online, edtech tools can be a useful and helpful integration. NGPF Fellow Amanda Volz has created THREE more Tech Tip videos demonstrating the basic functions of each tool and ideas for using them with the NGPF curriculum. 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 generate classroom discussion! EdPuzzle: EdPuzzle is...

TECH TIP: Quizizz

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Mar 23, 2020
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PRO Tip from NGPF
As many teachers are preparing to teach remotely and shifting their content online, we thought it would be helpful to post TECH TIP videos in place of our traditional TEACHER TIP video blog posts. NGPF Fellow, Amanda Volz, is creating short tutorial videos that demonstrate the basics of using some popular tech/web tools and ideas for using them with the NGPF curriculum. So, whether you are currently teaching online, planning to teach remotely in the future, or just want to brush up on some...

EdPuzzle Thursday - TYPES OF CREDIT: Using Your Credit Card

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Mar 18, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Credit Cards
EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn remotely. We will be releasing a new EdPuzzle video here on the blog each week so that your students can answer questions that are directly embedded within engaging videos.  In this week's EdPuzzle video, your students will learn important information about a credit card such as the billing cycle, how interest is calculated, the impact of paying minimum payments or missing a payment, and how to use a...