Category: Lesson Idea

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

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Aug 11, 2017
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Interactive, Budgeting, Featured Teachers, Investing, Lesson Idea, Tips for Teachers, Summer Institute, Teaching Strategies
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...

Careers of the Future! A Guest Post from Andrea Stemper

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May 21, 2017
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Career, Lesson Idea, Employment, Featured Teachers, NGPF Fellows
Andrea Stemper’s one of our NGPF Fellows who integrates personal finance into her economics classes (but not for long — she’s also advocating at her district to make personal finance its own elective course, which we’d LOVE to see happen). Adept at integrating financial capability into econ, Andrea’s written in with this suggestion for a lesson on job prospects and supply & demand: When we think about our jobs, it is important to consider what might be in...

NGPF Launches 3rd Annual Teacher Innovator Contest

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Apr 07, 2017
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Lesson Idea, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers, Contest Current
Here are the deets: WHAT DO I NEED TO SUBMIT? COMPLETE THIS FORM to submit details about your favorite personal finance lesson or activity that demonstrates an innovative approach to teaching a personal finance concept.  WHAT IS CONSIDERED “INNOVATIVE?” Creation of an original lesson plan or activity with a personal finance focus Modification of an existing lesson or activity (e.g., creating an extension activity to challenge your high performers, finding additional...

What does that cute, cuddly, adorable pet actually cost you?

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Apr 04, 2017
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Activity, Budgeting, Lesson Idea, Featured Teachers, NGPF Fellows
Today, we’ve got a special treat — a guest blog post AND a teacher-generated resource — straight from NGPF Fellow Sue Suttich of Tigard High School (OR). Read on for a great activity on calculating the true cost of pet ownership! ______________________________ Each year in my Wealth Management class I have the students make a vision board. We talk about goals and what they want in life. Then they each write some short, medium and long-term goals and turn those goals into a...

T-2 Days...NGPF Has Contests, PD, Resource Ideas Planned for Financial Literacy Month

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Mar 29, 2017
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Financial Literacy, Personal Finance, Lesson Idea, Teaching Strategies, Professional Development, Advocacy
With Financial Literacy Month (#FLM2017, #FinLit, #afinlitfuture) right around the corner, we wanted to share with you our plans! NGPF has a full slate of activity planned for the month of April with contests, PD opportunities and resources that you won’t want to miss. Get A Sneak Peak at NGPF’s One-Semester Course; Register for our April 25th Webinar We hear it all the time — “Your website has SO many great resources, I don’t know where to start.” Or, “There’s no way I...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To NGPF's Jessica Endlich About How To Teach Investing In 2 Hours

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Mar 07, 2017
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Podcasts, Lesson Idea, Investing
We like to try different things at NGPF so this week we decided to take a new tack with the podcast and use it to discuss a recent lesson we created, “Teach Investing in 2 Hours.” The lesson’s title matches its goal to teach students in a compressed time frame enough so that they could confidently make a wise choice for their 401(k) (or other retirement) plan. We have heard time and again from educators that investing is the most difficult topic for them to teach their...

Implementing "COMPARE: Making Credit Decisions" Amanda Volz-style

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Feb 20, 2017
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Activity, Credit Cards, Lesson Idea, NGPF Fellows
NGPF Fellow Amanda Volz took a fairly basic activity from our bank — COMPARE: Making Credit Decisions — and made it her own. Now, she’s sharing the strategy, guaranteed to liven up your classroom, with you. As an added bonus, the activity she’s referring to is now available in Spanish, too, so some of your English Language Learners can participate fully in this discussion-based fun. Read on for Amanda’s guest blog post… __________________________ As a personal...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Blended Learning Aficionado Steve Penley

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Jan 31, 2017
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Podcasts, Lesson Idea, Teaching Strategies, Current Events, Professional Development, Tips for Teachers
Thanks to Steve Penley of Waubonsie Valley High School (Aurora, Illinois) for coming on the NGPF podcast recently. Steve came to our attention through his participation in the NGPF Professional Learning Communities (PLC) program that Jessica (from NGPF) facilitates. In Jessica’s words, “Steve provides tons of great feedback to other participants and stays abreast of new technologies and tools which is incredibly valuable to the group.” In this podcast, Steve shares the...

Lesson: What If You Only Had An Hour To Convince Your Students to Save?

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Jan 29, 2017
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Savings, Lesson Idea, Teaching Strategies, Activities, compound interest
Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to get back into the classroom at Eastside Prep in East Palo Alto, California (where I came up with the idea for Next Gen Personal Finance). We’re teaching seniors all they need to know about personal finance over 6 weeks (24 hours of content) including lessons on savings and checking accounts, taxes, budgeting and investing. We’ll be releasing this 24 hour curriculum later this spring to help those educators who only have a limited time to...

Guest Blog from Sue Suttich: "401(k) = Cha Ching!"

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Jan 19, 2017
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Lesson Idea, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers, NGPF Fellows
When she was at Summer Institute 2016, NGPF Fellow Sue Suttich told us about the “Cha-Ching” policy she uses in her classroom. Now, as a follow-up, she’s providing all of you with this catchy strategy she implements throughout the year to help her students remember the most important personal finance concepts. Thanks for sharing, Sue! _________________________________ At the summer institute I shared my tip on getting my students to remember a concept. I give them a quick...

Amy McCabe, NGPF Fellow, recommends 2 game platforms -- Kahoot and Quizizz

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Dec 18, 2016
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Credit Cards, Lesson Idea, Teaching Strategies, NGPF Fellows
It’s a special occasion here on the NGPF blog — a guest piece by NGPF Fellow Amy McCabe! We know that hearing from us is one thing, but hearing from a fellow teacher, who’s in the classroom day in and day out, is a whole different ballgame! Amy’s an economics and personal finance educator at Culpepper County High School in VA, and sends along this review… ____________________________________________ My kids love to play games, and we are all big, big fans of...

Interactive: How Long Are You Going to Live?

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Oct 30, 2016
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Interactive, Activity, Career, Question of the Day, Lesson Idea, Investing, Activities
Nice question to get your students engaged in your lesson about saving for retirement. Here’s an interactive from the Actuaries Longevity Illustrator to help answer that question. I created two fictitious high school students, Bill Bradley and Samantha Taggart to demonstrate a potential mini-activity:   After you click “View Results”, you get three charts each of which can be converted into data tables which your students can analyze. Here’s a data table that looks...

Question: How Do You Decode A Financial Aid Award Letter?

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Oct 30, 2016
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Paying for College, Lesson Idea, Student Loans, Current Events, NGPF Fellows
Hat tip to NGPF Fellow Charles Kafoglis for pointing to this resource at FinancialAidLetter.com (and thanks to my friend Kim Clark for producing it!). This site decodes financial aid award letters from six colleges and grades each one based on their level of transparency. Here is an example on how they decoded one of these letters: Note that while these letters date back to 2007 sadly, despite best efforts, these award letters are still often are confusing, full of jargon, and not...

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