Category: NGPF Fellows

NGPF Fellows: Personal Finance Student of the Year Award, Part 2

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May 23, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Financial Literacy
To acknowledge the efforts that teachers put into their classes, NGPF Fellows have the option to award a 'Personal Finance Student of the Year Award' to one student with outstanding contributions in their personal finance class. The Fellow selects a student based on the following criteria: The student has taken the Fellow's personal finance class in the 2018-2019 school year The student has demonstrated outstanding performance in the class based on their participation, academic...

Classroom Management Tips - How I make My Class Engaging, Exciting, & Extra

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May 20, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Featured Teachers, Tips for Teachers
The following blog post comes courtesy of NGPF Fellow, Joy Tavano, of North Kingstown Senior High School in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. ----- This year marks my 20th year teaching business and technology. Yes - I am forever learning about my content - things have changed quite a bit in the financial literacy world and technology is constantly changing - but my other focus is ALWAYS on improving my classroom management. Without that, the subject and skills I am teaching just will not make it...

NGPF Fellows: Personal Finance Student of the Year Award

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May 17, 2019
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Financial Literacy, NGPF Fellows
To acknowledge the efforts that teachers put into their classes, NGPF Fellows have the option to award a 'Personal Finance Student of the Year Award' to one student with outstanding contributions in their personal finance class. The Fellow selects a student based on the following criteria: The student has taken the Fellow's personal finance class in the 2018-2019 school year The student has demonstrated outstanding performance in the class based on their participation, academic...

Teach Students to "Share to Save"

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May 02, 2019
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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...

Tech Tool Review: Quizlet Live

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Apr 18, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Tips for Teachers, Interactive
NGPF Fellow Joy Tavano (North Kingstown Senior High School, RI) provides this awesome overview of how to use Quizlet Live. And don't forget, NGPF has a bank of prebuilt Quizlet sets you can use on our Quiz Games Library.  Name of the Tool: Quizlet Live Cost: Free when creating random teams; $3 per month to customize teams Use Case: Quizlet Live is great to use when you want students to work together to learn vocabulary words. Implementation Guidance: Quizlet is a great tool for a...

Student Resume Whine: “But I don’t have ANY experience…”

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Apr 15, 2019
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Career, NGPF Fellows
This guest blog post comes to you courtesy of NGPF Fellow Aric Weiker of Interlake High School (WA).  ______________________________ Student Resume Whine: “But I don’t have ANY experience…” Templates and checklists are great, but students still struggle to include examples of relevant work experience and leadership when crafting resumes. In a typical class, more than three quarters are starting resumes from scratch and these are the same students who need the most...

Teacher Tip -- CALCULATE: Completing a 1040

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Mar 21, 2019
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Taxes, Activity, Tips for Teachers, NGPF Fellows
Due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, no one can complete the 1040EZ anymore. We're all doing the 1040 this year. NGPF Fellow Amanda Volz explains how she uses this essential NGPF resource CALCULATE: Completing a 1040 in her classroom. BONUS: This activity is available in Spanish, too, and if you haven't reviewed the resource lately, we've added a new 5th scenario! Watch for some great tips on how to implement this activity in your classroom.   For all of NGPF's tax resources,...

Teacher Tip -- COMPARE: Tax Forms & Their Purpose

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Mar 17, 2019
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Taxes, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers, Activity, NGPF Fellows
To accompany our newly released lessons on taxes, NGPF Fellow Amanda Volz explains how she uses this popular NGPF resource COMPARE: Tax Forms & Their Purpose in her classroom. Watch for some great tips on how to implement and modify this resource so that it can best fit the needs of your classroom!   For all of NGPF's tax resources, fully updated for 2019 with all changes in effect as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, visit https://www.ngpf.org/curriculum/taxes/...

Let's Go To the Videotape: FinHeroes In the News

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Mar 15, 2019
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Video Resource, Advocacy, NGPF Fellows
Lots of great news stories recently highlighting the work of FinHeroes across the country... NGPF Fellow James Redelsheimer of Robbinsdale Armstrong High School (MN) featured in "Armstrong teacher offers up financial advice"   NGPF Summit Attendees Jill Hughes (2018) and Laura Schoenicke (2018, 2019) Menomonee Falls High School (WI) featured in "Students Learn How To Manage Finances."   NGPF Summit 2019 attendee Jake Richards of Lakeland Union High School (WI) featured in...

Using Correspondence From Former Students to Inspire and Motivate Your Current Students

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Mar 05, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Behavioral Finance, Financial Literacy, Teaching Strategies
The following blog post comes courtesy of NGPF Fellow, Patrick Kubeny, of Rhinelander High School in Rhinelander, WI. --- If you are looking for ways to motivate and inspire your current students to actually implement some of the financial strategies you are teaching in your classes, try using some correspondence from some of your former students--IT WORKS! I received the following email from a former student and shared it with my personal finance classes:   Hello Mr. Kubeny (Coach K!):...

Tech Tool Review: Honey

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Feb 11, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Teaching Strategies, Budgeting
Teachers who attend our Summer Institute in Palo Alto become NGPF Fellows the following school year -- this Fellowship includes presenting with us at PD sessions, offering NGPF feedback on products, writing guest blog posts, ... the list goes on. I'm excited to feature a Tech Tool Review from Aric Weiker of Interlake High School in Bellevue, WA. Here's what Aric has to say... Tech Tool: Honey or Honey.com Cost: Free, but requires registration Use Case:  Honey is a coupon and...

Tech Tools Review: Smart Board & Notebook Software

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Feb 01, 2019
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NGPF Fellows
Teachers who attend our Summer Institute in Palo Alto become NGPF Fellows the following school year -- this Fellowship includes presenting with us at PD sessions, offering NGPF feedback on products, writing guest blog posts, ... the list goes on. Today features a Tech Tool Review from James Redelsheimer of Robbinsdale Armstrong High School in Plymouth, MN. Here's what James has to say...   Tech Tool:   Smart Board / Smart Board Notebook Software   Cost:  Varies:...

What Would You Do With An Extra $5,000? Compounding Your Students' Interest In A Custodial Roth IRA

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Jan 15, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Investing, Behavioral Finance, Retirement
The following blog post comes courtesy of NGPF Fellow, Brett Shifrin, of Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. ----- Recently, a student captured the imagination of my class. It stemmed from a comparison of Money Market Deposit Account(MMDA) and Certificate of Deposits (CD).  It was suggested that one of these accounts could be very useful for graduation gifts this spring. One of my students, Phil, asked,  “Mr. Shifrin, what would you do if you unexpectedly received $5,000?”...

Essential Financial Literacy Tools for Graduates -- from Fellow Kelly-Anne Rush

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Jan 10, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Financial Literacy
Teachers who attend our Summer Institute in Palo Alto become NGPF Fellows the following school year -- this Fellowship includes presenting with us at PD sessions, offering NGPF feedback on products, writing guest blog posts, ... the list goes on. Today features a blog post from Kelly-Anne Rush of Windham High School in Windham, ME. Here's what Kelly-Anne has to say... _____________________ Over the past 6 years I’ve taught 12 semester's worth of seniors in my personal finance course, a...

A Twist on Teaching Philanthropy

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Dec 12, 2018
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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...