Sep 30, 2020
Featured NGPF Lesson
Want to give your students the opportunity to earn scholarships while simultaneously teaching them to make better money decisions about college? Enter the Payback Challenge! Watch the 90-second video below for details:
How to participate in the PAYBACK Challenge
STEP 1: Teachers Register Intent
Once you've filled out this Intent to Participate form, you will receive the prompt for your students as well as next steps.
Teach Middle School? The Payback...
Apr 22, 2020
Career, Featured NGPF Lesson, Teaching Remotely
NGPF crowd favorite, Project: Who Aced the Interview Challenge?, was highlighted in the 2020 FinLit Month Calendar. At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous learning, we’ve listed some adaptations that may work for your current classroom environment.
Synchronous Learning Environment
Interview Challenge via Verbal Response
Use a Google Form to have students identify which general field of employment they are most...
Apr 13, 2020
Credit Cards, Featured NGPF Lesson, Teaching Remotely
NGPF crowd favorite, Debate: Should College Students Have Credit Cards?, was highlighted in the 2020 FinLit Month Calendar. At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous learning, we’ve listed some adaptations that may work for your current classroom environment.
Synchronous Learning Environment
Split students into an even number of small teams and assign which side of the debate they will cover. Students identify and list arguments (either...
Nov 16, 2017
Teaching Strategies, Featured NGPF Lesson, Activities, Lesson Idea
The following post is courtesy of Lois Stoll, Benjamin Logan High School (Bellfontaine, OH). In this post, she discussed how she incorporated manipulatives into the ANALYZE: Categorizing Credit lesson!
Directions for adding manipulatives to the ANALYZE: Categorizing Credit lesson.
To make this lesson more interactive, print labels and make cards for each group of students. The Yellow cards represent the different categories of credit:
I = Installment
S = Secured
V = Variable
R = Revolving
Jun 01, 2017
Credit Cards, Credit Scores, Video Resource, Credit Reports, Featured NGPF Lesson, NGPF Fellows
NGPF Fellow Maureen Neuner is consistently in touch with us here at NGPF, which we love love love! Her most recent feedback seemed worth sharing, as it might entice some of you to check out our credit units for use next year. Here’s Maureen’s email [with comments from Jessica in brackets]…
Happy Friday! I just wanted to give you some feedback on the credit unit I just completed. Every year I feel like I redo my lessons for credit because there is so much information out there...
May 04, 2017
Teaching Strategies, Video Resource, Featured NGPF Lesson
In case you missed it in late March, NGPF’s diving in deep to spreadsheet work. Read on…
A recent study from Burning Glass Technologies reveals that:
78% of middle-skill jobs include spreadsheets as a baseline requirement
Digitally intensive jobs are growing 2.5 times more rapidly than non-spreadsheet required jobs
Digitally intensive jobs pay 18% higher than non-digital jobs
Your students need these skills!
THE NGPF SOLUTION
We’re always looking to...
Feb 09, 2017
Activities, Teaching Strategies, Featured NGPF Lesson
I’ve got such a backlog of “things I’d like to read” that I started putting 3 per week on my “to do” list and “assigning” the readings to myself. This article from EdSurge made its way into last week’s reading list — What Does a ‘Modern Classroom’ Look Like — and What Should Educators Leave Behind? While I’m not sure I agree 100% with ALL of their ideas, the introductory questions answered by the panel of...
Feb 01, 2017
Featured NGPF Lesson, Investing, Activities
Way back in August of 2015 I created what remains one of my favorite projects — “Joining the Market,” also known as “Ravioli Den” among friends. I started off just wanting to create something that simulated the buying and selling of shares, but it rapidly morphed into an awesome, whole-class game that teaches roughly 10 investing concepts in two class periods: It’s truly one of my finest works at NGPF. So, I brag about it all the time, but recently, teachers...
Mar 17, 2016
Budgeting, Savings, Case Study, Featured NGPF Lesson
At NGPF, we’re always signing off newsletters, product launches, and emails with some rendition of “Let us know how it goes in your classroom! We love feedback!” Here’s a little story highlighting why we crave feedback so much:
Tim & I are teaching a two-month, 24-hour personal finance course at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto (where NGPF was born!), which is one of our limited times to try our materials LIVE, in person, with real students, as we play the...
Feb 25, 2016
Paying for College, Savings, Teaching Strategies, Featured NGPF Lesson, Professional Development
Here was the Savings Lesson delivered yesterday as part of the 24 Hour Personal Finance Course NGPF is teaching at Eastside Prep.
Key learning objectives:
Importance of starting to save when you are young (i.e. the power of compound interest)
Understanding the psychological barriers to saving and how they can be overcome
Lesson Guide (Note: I have terrible habit of going off script so what follows does not mirror this lesson plan)
Student Activity Packet
Opened with 4 Poll...
Oct 22, 2015
Credit Scores, Lesson Idea, Video Resource, Featured NGPF Lesson, Activities
We’ve got a new product release planned for next week, so that deadline should have all of my attention right now, but instead I got sidetracked by something the Philadelphia Fed featured on Twitter. Imagine that — Twitter distracted me from work…
Anyway, in case you teach personal finance and also got caught up on social media instead of lesson planning, my Thursday gift to you: a Quick & Easy Lesson on Credit Scores.
Start class with one (or both) of these Discussion...
Oct 14, 2015
Budgeting, Investing, Featured NGPF Lesson, Front Page Spotlight, Activities, Excel Activities
We’re always excited to generate new content for teachers to use, and we’ve got two outstanding new lessons for you this week.
Investing for Retirement
First, if you use our Investing for Retirement lesson, your students will learn about Social Security, pensions, 401(k)s, Roth IRAs, and Traditional IRAs. More importantly, they’ll leave understanding why they need to start saving for retirement ASAP! What to look out for:
We love our “Types of Retirement...
Sep 03, 2015
Personal Finance, Lesson Idea, New Products, Insurance, Taxes, Featured NGPF Lesson, Front Page Spotlight, Activities
Today, we released two brand new units on Taxes and Insurance. Over 175 new resources. 14 brand new activities. All for our dedicated community of teachers just in time for the new school year.
These are two topics teachers repeatedly told us were difficult to teach, so we decided we needed to give our community what they wanted.
The reaction has been spectacular! It’s only 2:00 p.m. here in California and we’ve already broken our single-day record for site visits!
Apr 27, 2015
Activity, Credit Cards, Featured NGPF Lesson
It is one thing to tell students that credit cards carry high interest rates, it is probably more effective for learning to have them actually input those high interest rates into their own credit card calculator to see the impact on payments. In this activity “Excel: Build a Credit Card Calculator,” students get an opportunity to flex their spreadsheet muscles through an activity that provides four options based on level of expertise. Please share this with your math department too as...
Apr 09, 2015
Credit Scores, Activity, Featured NGPF Lesson
I know what you’re thinking…how can I spice up credit scores and make it a more engaging topic for high school or college students for that matter. For those students without credit cards (and with no other borrowing that requires a credit check), this may seem to be one of those topics that they quickly categorize into the “This doesn’t apply to me.” Unfortunately, as the use of FICO scores has extended beyond simple credit decisions to apartment rentals, insurance premiums and...