Category: Professional Development > Tips for Teachers

I can't find something I KNOW I saw on your website!

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Sep 05, 2018
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PRO Tip from NGPF, Tips for Teachers
THE PROBLEM: I saw an awesome activity on your website that I want to use, but now I can't find it, and the search on your site is coming up empty. HELP!    THE ANSWER: Watch this 45-second video to hear our PRO Tip for locating content. What to receive a weekly PRO Tip to your inbox? Sign up for the blog digest on the upper right of our blog page. ...

Here's A Community You Want to Join: FinLit Fanatics!

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Aug 26, 2018
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Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers
With the new school year either in full swing or still a week or two away, are you still looking for that collaborative community of personal finance educators that you can use to bounce around ideas, questions or observations with? Maybe you are the only one in the building teaching the subject or perhaps you have a different approach than the other teachers in your building. Whatever your situation, you are sure to benefit from this recent FinLit Fanatics group that we have started. It's a...

How long does it take to verify my teacher account?

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Aug 14, 2018
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PRO Tip from NGPF, Tips for Teachers
THE PROBLEM: I signed up for a teacher account, but I still don't have online access. How long will this take? Find out in our new VLOG initiative called PRO Tip from NGPF...    THE ANSWER: Watch this 2-minute video to learn more! What to receive a weekly PRO Tip to your inbox? Sign up for the blog digest on the upper right of our blog page. ...

Bringing An Outside Speaker To Your Class? Here's How To Make The Day A Success!

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Aug 07, 2018
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Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers, Career
First of all: Thank you. If you are reading this then you have brought or plan to bring an outside speaker to your classroom. There are so many benefits to your students that come from bringing outside voices to speak to your students. Let's name just a few: Deep domain expertise Can reiterate points that you have been making with (sometimes it helps to come from someone else) It can provide them with practice on talking to professionals in a given field It can get them interested in a specific...

Should I use your 8-Week Course?

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Jul 17, 2018
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PRO Tip from NGPF, Personal Finance, Tips for Teachers
THE PROBLEM: I'm considering using your 8-Week Course. What do I need to know? Find out in our new VLOG initiative called PRO Tip from NGPF...    THE ANSWER: Watch this 2-minute video to learn more! What to receive a weekly PRO Tip to your inbox? Sign up for the blog digest on the upper right of our blog page. ...

Activity Idea: Engaging Parents Through Student Interviews

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Jun 21, 2018
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Parent Conversations, Activities, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers
Thanks to Danielle Stiebs of Oak Creek High School in Oak Creek, Wisconsin for sharing this resource during our first FinCamp PLUS in Madison this week. As personal finance educators, we all know the importance of parents/guardians as they have tremendous influence in money attitudes and behaviors of their children. We know from this Question of the Day that only about 61% of students talk to Mom and/or Dad about money.  She has developed some great questions (and tweaked them over the...

Tech Tool Review: MimioTeach Portable Interactive Whiteboard

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May 30, 2018
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NGPF Fellows, Tips for Teachers
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 Ruth Sisman of Albemarle High School in Charlottesville, VA. Here's what Ruth has to say... Tech Tool: MimioTeach Portable Interactive Whiteboard  Cost: $859 (at time of review)  Use Case:  You...

Tech Tool Review: Celebrity Calamity

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May 23, 2018
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NGPF Fellows, Tips for Teachers, Credit Cards
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 Martha Somers of Broad Run High School in Ashburn, VA. Here's what Martha has to say... Tech Tool: Celebrity Calamity by Financial Entertainment Cost: Free Use Case:  Useful as a game at the end of the...

Tech Tool Review: Red Laser App

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May 16, 2018
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NGPF Fellows, Budgeting, Tips for Teachers
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 Martha Somers of Broad Run High School in Ashburn, VA. Here's what Martha has to say... Tech Tool: Red Laser app  Cost: Free Use Case:  Download app for Android or iPhone through Google Play or the Apple...

In the Trenches: The Impact of Personal Finance Education

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Apr 17, 2018
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Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers, Personal Finance
From Wayne Goulet of Randolph Technical Career Center (Vermont): I'm teaching the NGPF Semester curriculum as a Vermont Technical College (VTC) dual enrollment course in my classroom. We recently completed the Savings Unit. While teaching the unit, I was surprised to learn that many of my students do not have a savings accounts. However, on the day we completed the unit, one student decided he was going to visit a local bank to sign up for a savings account in order to deposit his paycheck from...

The Simulation Every Kid Should Experience

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Jan 09, 2018
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Interactive, Budgeting, Tips for Teachers, Activities, Teaching Strategies
Thanks to Brian Page, educator extraordinaire from Reading High School (Ohio), for sharing his recent experiences with a poverty simulation.  ------------------ Kids learn best when they’re up, moving, and doing. It’s not everyday we can create an environment to replicate the real world topic at hand, but the moments we do allow us to connect those experiences to the personal finance topics we teach. A matter of fact, one of the most effective teaching methodologies is the...

Digging Deeper: Is Gen Z Doomed to Fail at Budgeting?

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Dec 18, 2017
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Budgeting, Debit Cards, Credit Cards, Purchase Decisions, Tips for Teachers, Article, Current Events
  The students in our classrooms today can make it through life without ever touching cash.  Heck, they don’t even have to take a debit or credit card out of their pockets….a few taps  on the phone that is always in their hand and they can pay for things using ApplePay or the Android equivalent, or pay back their friends using an PayPal or Venmo. A student of mine from China said this is how his generation pays for everything back home.  Bottom line: it is just...

Podcast: Tim Talks Tech Tools with Educator Jackie Prester (Mansfield High School, MA)

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Dec 17, 2017
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Teaching Strategies, Interactive, Podcasts, Current Events, Tips for Teachers
It had been almost two years since I last checked in to talk tech with Jackie Prester of Mansfield High School (listen to our first podcast here). Jackie is one of those passionate personal finance teachers always looking to hone her craft by staying abreast of tech tools to boost student engagement and enhance their learning experience. She attends the conferences, demos the products and if a tech tool makes her Top 5 Short List you know that it has passed her "classroom test" too. Oh, and...

Developing Future Mindedness in Students

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Oct 06, 2017
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Employment, NGPF Fellows, Behavioral Finance, Featured Teachers, Tips for Teachers, Teaching Strategies
Credit to NGPF Fellow, Barbara O'Neill for the following post: According to research by Sarah Newcomb, a behavioral economist at Morningstar, people who focus on the future and feel that they create their own financial destiny tend to save more than others for retirement and other financial goals. When people focus on the future, they tend to be less impulsive (e.g., spending habits), regardless of their level of financial literacy. In other words, time orientation is a key factor in financial...

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...