Category: Lesson Idea

Launching a Topic with a PBS Two Cents Video

Oct 16, 2018
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Lesson Idea, Activity
Over the summer I had posted a couple of Kahoots based on Two Cents videos on the FinLit Fanatics! Facebook Page.  These generated some interest, and after an unplanned hiatus, I am finally posting some more.  The videos are between 4-6 minutes long, are well researched, entertaining, and they are pitched at an appropriate level for high school students.   This Google Sheet contains the following elements for ten of the videos: 1) The title of the video, which links to...

A Reflective: My Five Favorite Fellow Lessons

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Sep 19, 2018
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NGPF Fellows, Summer Institute, Financial Literacy, Lesson Idea
The following blog post comes courtesy of NGPF Fellow, Brian Page, of Reading High School, OH. --------- What I really wanted to write was “My 146 Favorite Fellow Lessons”, but folks would likely shy away from an article that long, so I stuck with five. This July, a small group of us met at the NGPF Summer Institute to kick off a Fellowship. With only 12 of us, and numerous NGPF staff, the intimate setting led to learning that could not be scripted. Note taking was an ongoing process...

What ever happened to book reports?

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Jul 31, 2018
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Lesson Idea, Investing
I remember the good old days in school with monthly book reports. I’m not sure when they disappeared, or maybe they just morphed into some other form of more creative self-expression. What was more important, the product that was turned in, or getting kids to actually read books? How can we get students to read books not just for entertainment but to learn about something important?  Here are my thoughts after reading books with the FinLit Fanatics Book Club this summer.   1)...

Schools in the News

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May 09, 2018
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Schools In News, Teaching Strategies, Lesson Idea, Financial Literacy, Featured Teachers, Entrepreneurship, This Week In Financial Literacy
South Bay students give younger classmates a dose of entrepreneurship (The Mercury News) Inside a classroom tucked into the first floor of the Cupertino Library, presenters last Saturday discussed a range of business topics including the finer points of writing a business plan and the importance of diversity in a corporate team. As they did so, an audience of about 30 sat in earnest attention, trying to take it all in. Area schools using creative approaches to teach personal finance to...

Schools in the News

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Mar 29, 2018
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Schools In News, Lesson Idea, Advocacy, Investing
Personal finance class at Lee Middle and High School a sound investment for the future (The Berkshire Eagle) This fall, Tom McCormack had seniors in his classroom at Lee Middle and High School who could make the honor roll, lead sports and community activities, and are all planning to graduate with colleges and careers in mind. But, many of them have been struggling to figure out how to do their own taxes, shop for an insurance plan and prepare for managing a student loan. Financial...

Schools in the News

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Jan 04, 2018
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Schools In News, Employment, Lesson Idea, Behavioral Finance, Career, Financial Literacy
'Adult for a day' — non-profit's simulated town hands kids the keys to a city (CommercialAppeal) Like any good mayor, Rosalinda Macario Rivera always knows what's happening in her town. "I have to watch everyone at the same time," she says, darting around her City Hall office and her town attending to issues both logistical and financial.  And if you work for her, don't think for a minute the smile that covers half her face means you're off the hook for not doing your job....

NGPF Featured Activity: ANALYZE: Categorizing Credit

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Nov 16, 2017
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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 U =...

Schools in the News

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Oct 25, 2017
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Schools In News, Featured Teachers, Lesson Idea, Financial Literacy
Mt. Ararat educator honored for teaching financial literacy (The Times Record) Jeanne Billings of Mt. Ararat High School is the 2017-18 recipient of the Financial Educator of the Year Award by the Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. Billings teaches the Independent Living Class at Mt. Ararat High School, where she incorporates technology, personal examples, community organizations and practical assignments, according to the coalition. Highlands teacher named...

Don't Forget The Parents!

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Oct 10, 2017
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NGPF Fellows, Teaching Strategies, Lesson Idea, Featured Teachers, Behavioral Finance, Advocacy, Activities
A blog post from NGPF Fellow, Kerri Herrild: -------- There are many reasons why I would not enjoy teaching elementary students. One is that I like it when students can blow their own noses, tie their own shoes and zip their own coats.  Another reason is that I don’t have to worry about sending home cutesy newsletters and calendars peppered with ClipArt to parents.  By the time students reach the high school, let’s be honest, we don’t communicate with parents very...

Creativity and Collaboration in Financial Literacy Courses

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Oct 04, 2017
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NGPF Fellows, Lesson Idea, Advertising, Featured Teachers, Taxes, Teaching Strategies
Guest post from NGPF Fellow, Kayla Bousum of Johnston High School, Iowa: While grading tests covering paystubs and earnings, I noticed that a large proportion of students were still very confused about the differences between a Form W-2 and a Form W-4. I realized then that everything we were doing—a thorough explanation of the forms, showing them the two forms, and filling out a practice W- 4—was not enough to cement in their minds the differences between these two forms....

Schools in the News

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Sep 27, 2017
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Schools In News, Career, Lesson Idea, This Week In Financial Literacy
Schools, colleges partner to get students ready for careers, life (Green Bay Press-Gazette) When Eric Cardona graduates from high school next year, he will leave with more than a diploma. Cardona will also take with him a full year's worth of credits toward an automotive technician diploma from Northeast. He did it by taking courses through City Stadium Automotive at Green Bay East High School in conjunction with an apprenticeship with an area mechanic. Ohio Official...

Schools in the News

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Aug 31, 2017
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Schools In News, Entrepreneurship, Employment, Retirement, Lesson Idea
From bike socks to clinical trials, Centennial students are solving real-world problems (philly.com) Making socks on a sewing machine was probably the last thing 17-year-old Shaina Gatton thought she would be doing when she signed up for CentennialX,  Centennial School District’s innovative summer program that promised to pair students with high-tech industry mentors to solve real-world problems. For Saint Andrew graduate, school experience adds up to a job with The First...

Interactive Handouts Courtesy of Barbara O'Neill and Kerri Herrild!

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Aug 11, 2017
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Interactive, Teaching Strategies, Summer Institute, Tips for Teachers, Lesson Idea, Investing, Featured Teachers, Budgeting
As part of our Summer Institute session, educators had the opportunity to take an engaging personal finance interactive resource and create a handout to accompany it.  Hat tip to Barbara O'Neill of Rutgers University, New Brunswick (NJ) and Kerri Herrild of De Pere High School, De Pere (WI) who shared their finished products with us. For those of you looking for high quality, engaging, resources guaranteed to get your students thinking about their financial mindset, look no further than...

How do YOU teach personal finance?

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Aug 04, 2017
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Flash Surveys, Research, Lesson Idea, Financial Literacy, Teaching Strategies, Front Page Spotlight, Tips for Teachers
The start of school is just around the corner and we know that you’re beginning to think about your coming course load for the year. As personal finance education becomes mandated in a growing number of states, we’re curious: How do YOU teach personal finance? Create your own user feedback survey ...

Schools in the News

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Aug 02, 2017
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Featured Teachers, Personal Finance, Lesson Idea, Financial Literacy, Teaching Strategies, Schools In News, Tips for Teachers
Franklin Military Academy financial literacy course receives high marks (Richmond Free Press) The passionate discussion of Phyllis Jackson’s students can be heard long before reaching her classroom at Richmond’s Franklin Military Academy. On a recent warm afternoon, Ms. Jackson’s students are divided into small groups to tackle an assignment in her economics and personal finance class: To figure out the cost of transportation to and from work and budgeting the money to cover it. At...