May 19, 2020
As the school year is coming to an end, teachers are likely wrapping up content, conducting final assessments, and finding closure to the school year. A great way to end your course is an activity where students can conduct some self-reflection on what they have learned and the impact of that knowledge. An activity we recommend is to have students create their own index card.
Taken from the book The Index Card - Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have To Be Complicated, students reflect on what they...
May 02, 2019
NGPF Fellows, Lesson Idea, Math
This guest blog post comes to you courtesy of NGPF Fellow Aric Weiker of Interlake High School (WA). I personally love this lesson idea because, I think, too often we focus on teaching students to "give up" their favorite spending habits entirely. How many times have you heard, "If you only saved that latte money"? Aric's got the good start of a lesson idea to teach students how they can still have their favorite coffee drink and still reduce their spending. For those who teach math or...
Apr 08, 2019
Lesson Idea, Just One Resource
In this weekly blog post, the Curriculum team 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] THE FINE PRINT: Financial Aid Package
The Gist: Students analyze two different financial aid award letters to determine which school is offering a better package.
The Best Parts:
Before diving into the financial aid award letters, students...
Jan 23, 2019
PRO Tip from NGPF, Lesson Idea
THE PROBLEM: Snow days, 2-hour delays, and final exam schedules have my sections out of whack, or only 1/3 of my students are braving the elements to make it to school. What can I use that will provide engaging, meaningful lessons but not leave missing students behind on essential content?
THE ANSWER: Watch this short video to hear Jessica's best suggestions for what to do when half your students aren't in class.
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Dec 12, 2018
Activities, Lesson Idea, Generosity, NGPF Fellows
NGPF Fellow Sue Suttich of Tigard High School (Tigard, OR) wrote in with this awesome spin she put on our Philanthropy lesson and materials (found in the "Bonus" section of our website), just in time for the winter holidays! Read on to hear Sue's creative idea for her sports marketing class.
I wanted to share with you a way I have used your Charity/Philanthropy project. I think it is a good way to show teachers your projects can fit...
Oct 16, 2018
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...
Sep 19, 2018
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...
Jul 31, 2018
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.
May 09, 2018
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...
Mar 29, 2018
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.
Jan 04, 2018
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....
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
Oct 25, 2017
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...
Oct 10, 2017
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...
Oct 04, 2017
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....