Oct 29, 2018
Checking Accounts, Teaching Strategies
I had the opportunity last week to share our new short-form Bank Simulation with AVID students at Mountain View High School. I like to open any class about bank accounts with a question to find out who has a checking account. My next question is intended for these accountholders and is simply "How many of you have ever heard of overdraft fees?" High school students don't always have the best poker faces and it's easy to tell who has felt the sting of these fees. Grimaces, pained expressions and...
Oct 23, 2018
Checking Accounts, Current Events, Question of the Day
Do you know the monthly fees that you currently pay on your bank account?
Why do you think young people seem to have a higher tolerance for fees (fees have to be higher from them to consider a switch) than older generations?
Would it surprise you that 1/3 of bank customers wouldn't switch accounts no matter what the monthly account maintenance fees are? What do you think accounts for this inertia when it comes to switching bank accounts?
Oct 08, 2018
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...
Sep 28, 2018
Budgeting, FinCap Friday, Checking Accounts, Career, Paying for College
Here's the new posts that have been trending on the NGPF Blog over the past month:
FinCap Friday: Famous and Frugal
Question of the Day: What percent of 18-24 year old anticipate using a bank branch over the next 10 years?
Interactive Monday: What's the Level of Education In Your County?
Interactive Monday: Who's Been Working in America?
Chart of the Week: What is the Most Popular College Major?
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Sep 19, 2018
Question of the Day, Checking Accounts, Chart of the Week, Research
How would you have answered this question? Explain your answer.
What was the percent of students in your class who expect to go to a bank branch? How does it compare with the results for 18-24 year olds?
If you have been to a bank branch recently, what did you do there?
What do you think the bank branch of the future (5-10 years from now) might look like?
Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that...
Sep 04, 2018
Question of the Day, Checking Accounts
What do you think are the reasons that people spend more money than what they have in their checking accounts?
What has been the trend with overdraft fees since 2013?
What are ways that you can prevent your account from being overdrawn (spending more than you have in your account)?
Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.
Behind the numbers (MoneyRates.com):
Aug 22, 2018
Question of the Day, Checking Accounts
Answer: Before your stolen debit card is used. [Hmmm...but with cloned cards, you won't know someone has stolen your number UNTIL they use it.]
Do you know anyone who has had their debit card stolen? What happened?
Since there is a thriving market in cloned debit cards, what can you do to protect yourself if your account is hacked?
If you don't tell the bank about your card being stolen and your account is drained, is the bank required to pay you back after 60 days after...
Aug 21, 2018
Checking Accounts, Career, Research, Question of the Day
Answer: Direct Deposit
In your own words, what do you think direct deposit is?
What do you think might be a few advantages to receiving your paycheck this way?
In order to receive a paycheck via direct deposit, what does an employee need to have?
Many employees use direct deposit to split their paycheck between their checking and savings accounts. What do you think is a good percentage to put into your savings account?
Here's the ready-to-go slides for...
Aug 17, 2018
Behavioral Finance, Investing, Checking Accounts, Chart of the Week, Budgeting, Paying for College
Quote of the week:
In today’s world, information is cheap; meaning is expensive. [Bob Seawright]
On the issue of sustainability front, Starbucks looking to save 6 billion cups from the waste stream. Their current to-go cup is difficult to recycle (audio from PRI).
Yes, at some point, all good things must come to an end and we will have a recession again. Vanguard attaches some probabilities to it coming in 2020 in this NY Times piece.
Ever wonder why your students (and maybe you...
Aug 13, 2018
Checking Accounts, Behavioral Finance, Current Events, Payment Types, Research, Question of the Day
Here's the leaderboard as of 8/2/18 (from SimilarWeb):
Do you have financial apps on your phone?
If so, which do you use most often?
If not, why not?
What are the pros of cons of using your mobile phone to manage your bank account?
Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.
Behind the numbers (from Quartz):
As more payments take place electronically and bank branches slowly disappear, your...
Jul 11, 2018
Just One Resource, Case Study, Checking Accounts
In this new weekly blog post, Jessica will highlight Just One Resource from our NGPF collection that maybe doesn't get the attention it deserves. Use it this week or bookmark it for later.
[The Resource] CASE STUDY: Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself
The Gist: In this challenging case study, students play the role of peer financial counselor (as they often do in our cases) as their clients bring compelling reasons why they'd rather...
Jun 07, 2018
Checking Accounts, Question of the Day, Research, Payment Types
Before we get to the Answer...
In October, we made the bold decision to create a daily Question of the Day for the 2017-2018 school year....and we made it! A huge thank you to Danielle for her assistance! For those of you still in session, we have this incredible list (sorted by topic) for you to choose from. Questions of the Day will resume again in early August. In the meantime, please let us know how you used them in your classroom and your students' favorites (and any great questions of the...
Jun 05, 2018
NGPF Fellows, Teaching Strategies, Activities, Checking Accounts, Interactive, Personal Finance
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 Tech Tool Review from Jill Wilson of Glenwood Springs High School in Glenwood Springs, CO. Here's what Jill has to say...
Tech Tool: MyKidsBank.org (Artificial online, electronic banking tool)
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May 17, 2018
Question of the Day, Checking Accounts, Personal Finance
Why do you think almost 50% of Gen Z would choose to bank with a technology company they’re familiar with rather than a brick and mortar bank?
What do you predict will happen to traditional banks within the next 10 years? Explain your answer.
Would you be comfortable banking with a company like Google or Amazon instead of a traditional bank? Why or why not?
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May 03, 2018
Personal Finance, Research, Checking Accounts
Answer: About 110 times in a year (or about once every 3 days)
This explains why these lower denomination bills wear out a lot more quickly than $100 bills:
How much cash do you regularly carry with you? If so, do you think your $1 and $5 bills are spent within 3 days, as the data suggests?
Based on the average life span (see above) and annual "touches" information for $1 and $5 bills, about how many times do these bills change hands before they are retired?