Category: Middle School Tips

Curriculum Insider: 5 Ways to Use the Middle School Course with High School Students

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Jan 05, 2021
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Middle School Tips
As you may know, NGPF released its Middle School Course in 2020, and we were excited to receive many inquiries from high school educators on how they might be able to use the course with their students. Below, you'll find FIVE ways you can use the NGPF Middle School Course to supplement your personal finance curriculum with your high schoolers! (Bonus announcement at the end of the blog post!)    #1: REVIEW THE BASICS If your students are brand new to personal finance or...

Mini Interview with Anne O'Renick: 3 Week Personal Finance & Parent Engagement Sprint!

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Dec 15, 2020
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Middle School Tips
Anne O'Renick is a middle school civics teacher at Orange Park Junior High School in Orange Park, Florida. Earlier this fall, we 'Zoomed' with Anne to learn more about her classroom, how she fits personal finance instruction into her already packed civics curriculum, how she engages students and parents together, how she uses her favorite tech tools, and more. In a twist of fate (or did we plan this all along?), TODAY is the release of a new resource for which we owe inspiration in large part to...

Curriculum Insider: 5 Ways Teachers Customize the NGPF Middle School Course

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Dec 08, 2020
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Middle School Tips
We hosted two Virtual PDs over the last few weeks on customizing the NGPF Middle School Course. The ideas teachers shared were so good that we wanted to make sure YOU had access to them too! Below, we're sharing five key ways teachers are customizing the course to better meet their students' needs.    #1: Differentiating Teachers' responses showed that the Middle School Course isn't just for middle school students - it can be used for high school and elementary students as well!...

Middle School Teacher Billy Mills Mini Interview: I Quiz the Biz Wiz

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Dec 01, 2020
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Middle School Tips
Billy Mills is a long-time educator with 10 years of experience in his middle school business classroom at Bloomfield Middle School in Bloomfield, NJ. Mr. Mills teaches a class called Biz Wiz where he engages his students in the wild, interconnected worlds of business and finance. I Zoomed with Billy for a mini interview, which was a treat! I'm thrilled to share his insights on the NGPF blog today for middle school teachers nationwide.   Sonia: What's the mix of in-person and...

Curriculum Insider: 5 Resources to Supplement the Middle School Course

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Nov 17, 2020
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Middle School Tips
As you're using NGPF's Middle School Course, you might be wondering how you can modify the material to better meet your students' needs. Whether you are looking to differentiate the content, dive deeper into specific units, or increase engagement, NGPF's high school curriculum is a great place to pull resources from to supplement the Middle School Course. Below, you'll discover FIVE specific resources we recommend you use!  #1: QUESTIONS OF THE DAY Questions of the Day are the perfect way...

Middle School Teacher Tawnya Smith: Super-Prepared Virtual PD All Star

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Nov 10, 2020
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Middle School Tips
Tawnya Smith is a 7th grade teacher in her second year at Mrachek Middle School in Aurora, Colorado. Tawnya teaches an elective course called Life & Careers, about 2/3 of which is dedicated to personal finance skills. Among many other superlatives, she's a prolific participant in NGPF Virtual PDs. I sat down for a Zoom session with Tawnya to hear about her classroom, how she's tackling the challenges of remote teaching, and how she's using NGPF's new Middle School Course. Here's a transcript...

3 Newest NGPF Curriculum Products: Math, Middle School, & Nearpod!

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Nov 10, 2020
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New Products, Middle School Tips
Teachers deserve curriculum that is constantly improving, expanding, and updating to meet their needs. At NGPF, we take teachers' spirit of innovation so seriously that if you blink... you might miss a whole new curriculum product (or 3!) from our rockstar team of curriculum developers. Take a moment today to learn about NGPF's newest FREE curriculum products:   1. The NGPF Math Collection With personal finance skills becoming more and more relevant across the curriculum, so many math...

Curriculum Insider: 4 Parts of a Middle School Lesson

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Nov 03, 2020
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Middle School Tips
If you're accustomed to using NGPF's high school lessons, the different look and feel of the Middle School Course lessons may come as a pleasant surprise! We've been thrilled to hear that educators are loving the new structure as they're using the course with their students, so we thought we'd provide some more details on the four main components of a Middle School Course lesson! We'll be taking a look at MS-2.3 How to Read a Receipt as an example.  #1 INTRO The first section of...

Middle School Teacher Linda O'Dwyer Mini Interview: Socio-emotional learning and personal finance

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Oct 27, 2020
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Middle School Tips
The following mini interview is part of the NGPF Middle School Tips Blog Series. We're here to support middle school educators with advice directly from fellow educators, curriculum highlights straight from the curriculum team at NGPF, and engaging virtual PDs just for the middle school teacher audience. Oh, and the new NGPF Middle School Curriculum is, in teachers' words. "Engaging," "Fun," "Helpful," "Current," and "Comprehensive," to name a few superlatives. Enjoy!...

Thank You And Welcome, Middle School Teachers!

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Oct 13, 2020
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Middle School Tips
What a whirlwind school year this has been so far... with teachers grappling with remote vs. in-person vs. hybrid learning models - not to mention the addition of a handful more titles to your overflowing job descriptions - you all are persevering through an immense nationwide challenge. In the face of it all, your grit and determination are some of the most inspiring examples of leadership we have ever seen! We wanted to take a special moment on today's NGPF Blog to welcome and thank a group of...