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Guest Post from Mark Fiedorczyk: Blazing a FinLit Trail (Part 2)

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Oct 15, 2019
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Advocacy, Personal Finance
Mark shares an exciting 2nd step in his FinLit Journey [Read his first post here] -------------------- So….the next step in my journey occurred last week when I presented to the Board of Education. Using the School Board Pitch Template [found on Advocacy webpage]. I was able to assemble a general overview of the NGPF mission and curriculum in addition to adding my own personal, local touches. My presentation was focused on highlighting the real world skills that NGPF delivers in their...

Guest Post from Mark Fiedorczyk: Blazing a FinLit Trail

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Oct 07, 2019
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Advocacy
This is my first attempt at blogging, but my involvement with NGPF has helped me embrace many new experiences. It all started with the State of New Jersey requiring middle school students to have coursework in Financial Literacy effective for the 2019-2020 school year. As a Regional Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction my next thought was “ How will I make this happen?” Relevant curriculum is extremely hard to generate, and even working in collaboration with teachers, “Who...

Activity Idea: The Car Buying Skit

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Sep 25, 2019
Thanks to Kathy Mahony of Seneca Valley Senior High School for sharing this activity:  I found the idea for a car buying skit somewhere else a couple of years ago, wish I could remember where, and I wrote this one based on that one.  I use this as an intro to car buying/leasing. The students have fun acting it out, and then we have a discussion about sales tactics. Here's the script used for the skit.  The first time I used the skit I let the students volunteer, and the...

Sending Home Dinner Table Questions in Your Family Newsletter

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Sep 24, 2019
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Parent Conversations
Thanks to 2019 Fellow, Laura Schoenike, for sharing this great practice as October 1st is just a week away! _______________________________________________   In case you missed it, yesterday was the last day of summer 2019! And in case your daily grind and social media pics haven’t reminded you enough...back to school season is in full force! Something that families in my district LOVE, is keeping tabs on what their students have been up to in class. One way I accomplish keeping...

8 Best MATH Resources (Aligned to the Core Standards for Mathematical Practice)

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Sep 15, 2019
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Math
 Thanks to NGPF Fellow Tara Kelley of Harwood Union High School (Stowe, VT) for sharing her favorite math resources:  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Number Chug: Break Even with Soap All of the Number Chugs work great for this practicing perseverance in problem solving!  With an entry point for many levels of math, students can use their work as a stepping stone to the next level. Students could choose to graph their answers to this particular...

Guest Post: Jason Brush of Yucaipa High School (CA) on how 1:1 computing has changed his classroom

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Sep 05, 2019
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Teaching Strategies, Personal Finance
 Of the 13 high schools that are within a 40 mile radius of Yucaipa High School [where he teachers] 10 offer a Personal Finance class. About half of those have a semester course and the other half a full year.  Yucaipa High is the only school that offers Personal Finance for MATH or Elective Credit. It is also University of California approved as an Advanced Math course. This is huge because our school requires 3 years of math to graduate and as you are well aware not every student is...

The Rise of the Robocall: Do Not Answer That Call!

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Aug 11, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Financial Scams, Current Events
Thanks to Renee Hochanadel, who recently attended Summer Institute and is now an NGPF Fellow, for sharing this blog post which was originally shared on her blog. _______________________________________________ The phone rings, you look at the number and you go through your mental checklist before deciding to answer or not. Is this one of my contacts? Is it a local number? Have I made an outgoing call to set an appointment and it might be them? If you have a cell phone, you do this dance an...

Teaching Strategies: Case Study Tips

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Jun 12, 2019
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Teaching Strategies, Case Study
Hat tip to Brian Page for sharing this article from Harvard Business which highlights teaching strategies when using case studies:   TIPS: When students are not prepared… If too many students come to a case discussion unprepared, ask why – don’t assume it’s laziness. Do they know how to prepare? Were your expectations clear? If the issue is only poor preparation, reinforce your expectations and the responsibility students have towards each...

Interactive Monday: Are You A Credit Score Guru?

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Jun 09, 2019
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Interactive, Credit Cards, Credit Scores
Thanks to Brian Page for finding this interactive and developing this set of reflection questions to accompany it. Interactive: Up My Score: Million Dollar Challenge Cheat Sheet: Adobe Flash Player is required There are four skill levels players should play in order: Clueless, Consumer, Expert, UpMyScore Guru Each level requires the player to respond correctly to 15 questions As you can see from the question dashboard: The player has 120 seconds to answer each question The player chooses from...

Advocacy In Action: Inspiring Testimony from Brett Burkey of Florida

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Apr 17, 2019
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Advocacy
Here's the video with Brett's testimony starting around 27:30: http://www.flsenate.gov/Media/Videoplayer?EventID=2443575804_2019031383&Redirect=true Good Afternoon. My name is Brett Burkey, I’ve taught high school in Palm Beach County for nearly 35 years and I’m the Assistant Director of the FAU Center for Economic Education, providing professional development for teachers of Economics and Personal Finance in South Florida and around the state.  I thank you for the...

Why I Love Teaching Personal Finance -- from Fellow Kelly-Anne Rush

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Dec 03, 2018
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Advocacy, NGPF Fellows
Teachers who attend our Summer Institute in Palo Alto become NGPF Fellows the following school year -- this Fellowship includes presenting with us at PD sessions, offering NGPF feedback on products, writing guest blog posts, ... the list goes on. Today features a passionate, compelling blog post on the joy of teaching personal finance from Kelly-Anne Rush of Windham High School in Windham, Maine. Here's what Kelly-Anne has to say... Why I Love Teaching Personal Finance Six years ago my...

The Skinny on Student Loans

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Nov 28, 2018
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NGPF Fellows, Student Loans, Paying for College
The following blog post comes courtesy of NGPF Fellow, Deborah Kerby, of Tobyhanna Elementary Center in Pocono Pines, PA. ------ During my 17 years teaching high school students, I observed that many considered taking out student loans to pay for college to be an expected part of life. Many of their teachers share this expectation.  As an experienced personal finance educator, I believe it is important to show students that they have alternative options to assist them in paying for...

Question of the Day: Who is more likely to buy a home: a 25-30 year old with no student debt or one with more than $50k in student debt?

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Oct 24, 2018
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Question of the Day, Student Loans, Mortgages, Research, Chart of the Week
Answer: 25-30 Year Old with $50K in student debt Hat tip to NGPF Fellow Brian Page for sharing this awesome Question of the Day and chart below that he has used successfully in his classroom.   Questions: Overall, what has been the trend with all 25-30 year olds buying homes since 2005? What might explain this? [Hint: What happened in 2008-09?] Why do you think that 25-30 year olds who are current with $50K in student debt buy homes at greater rate than those with no student debt?...

View from the Trenches: The Checking Account Decision-Making Process (Without A Parent)

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Oct 08, 2018
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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...

A Great Reminder of Why We Do What We Do!

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Oct 01, 2018
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Personal Finance
Thanks to Aaron Greberman, educator at Bodine High School for International Affairs, who shared this at the recent NGPF FinCamp in Philadelphia:    Here is Facebook message I recently received from a former student. Comments like these are inspiring and serve as fuel to keep learning more so I can offer more to my students. Thanks again for making NGPF such a worthwhile and engaging program.   Here's the message from my former student:   Dear Mr. Greberman,    I'm...