Jun 12, 2020
Personal Finance, Tips for Teachers, Advocacy
Want your personal finance course to count as an A-G approved course? NGPF has created two A-G course approval templates for teachers in California! We have provided both a Semester Course template and a Full Year Course template. Check out these new A-G course approval templates for California teachers below!
HOW TO USE THE TEMPLATES
1. Make a copy of the template you'd like by selecting to File > Make a copy
2. Insert your school name, and additional details into the...
Jun 12, 2020
Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers
Teachers in the state of Texas have been requesting for their state's personal finance curriculum standards to be aligned with NGPF's curriculum. Well, you ask and you shall receive! NGPF's semester course curriculum is now aligned with TEKS Money Matters standards! Check out our standards alignment document for Texas teachers below!
We hope this standards alignment assist in your personal finance classroom instruction and in your lesson planning! The resource aligns TEKS Money Matters...
Apr 21, 2020
Tips for Teachers, Teaching Strategies, Teaching Remotely
Every Saturday, NGPF Fellows meet to discuss distance learning strategies, classroom tips & tricks, check in on one another, and just say hello.
The conversation in our last meeting was focused on the topic of alternative assessment ideas; something different than a traditional test. The main theme of this conversation was CHOICE: empowering students to choose an assessment type that is engaging to them.
Born from the conversation was this ASSESSMENT ALTERNATIVES CHOICE BOARD.
Apr 10, 2020
Podcasts, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers, Teaching Remotely
This is the third in our podcast series on Teaching Remotely (first two podcasts in the series are here and here). Today you will hear from Zach Blattner, Asst. Professor of Practice at Relay Graduate School of Education. His specialty: online instruction for adult learners. After observing one of Zach's classes and seeing the multitude of ways that he engaged his students, I knew there was a great opportunity for NGPF to shift how we design and deliver PD based on his practices.
Feb 18, 2020
Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers
On an online PD recently a teacher asked for the lexile levels of our unit tests, so for this week’s lexile level blog post we are going to analyze SC-1.0 Taxes unit test! Before we dig in, remember that a lexile level is a text’s difficulty for the reader.
Multiple Choice Questions
NGPF’s unit tests begin with 25 multiple choice questions. These questions have four possible answer choices and cover the key takeaways from the unit’s lessons. Here is an example of a...
Jan 29, 2020
Tips for Teachers
A few weeks ago NGPF published our first lexile level blog post and we are back again with a look into the lexile levels found in SC-1.2 Teens and Taxes. Before we dig in, let's quickly review what a lexile level is and how to determine it.
What is a lexile level?
A lexile level is a text’s difficulty level for the reader. During our research, we used a mixture of the following lexile readability tests to determine the text’s grade level, reading level, and...
Jan 15, 2020
Teaching Strategies, NGPF Fellows, Tips for Teachers
Thanks to NGPF Fellow Lana Main of West Central High School (Sioux Falls, SD) for this guest post!
In addition to my role as a Personal Finance teacher, I also teach a Computer Applications course for freshmen. For several years I’ve used NGPF's phenomenal, free resources in my Personal Finance course. As I’ve become more familiar with NGPF resources, I’ve realized that many of them fit well into many other courses too. Here are some engaging lessons and...
Jan 07, 2020
Tips for Teachers, Behavioral Finance, Teaching Strategies
What lexile level is NGPF’s curriculum? We’ve been getting this question a lot lately, so we are going to break down the different lexile levels in a NGPF lesson and give you teacher tips for differentiation along the way! NGPF’s curriculum is rigorous and we strive to prepare your students for college and adulthood, so our curriculum’s lexile levels have a wide range in the hope we are reaching all learners as they begin their personal finance journey.
What is a lexile...
May 20, 2019
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...
Apr 18, 2019
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.
Quizlet is a great tool for a...
Mar 21, 2019
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,...
Mar 17, 2019
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/...
Mar 01, 2019
Podcasts, Advocacy, Personal Finance, Tips for Teachers
I reached out to our FinLit Fanatics group recently requesting names of administrators who "get it" when it comes to financial education. I heard from a teacher at Lomira High School (WI) who recommended her principal, Deb Janke, who has been "super supportive in my quest of making our financial literacy courses effective!" In this podcast, Deb shares the process her school went through to ensure that all students took a personal finance course before they graduated as well as the benefits...
Jan 04, 2019
Podcasts, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers
Renee Wasinger can be described as many things, most notably as an enterprising, enthusiastic, and energetic educator! If you visited her classroom in Olathe, Kansas, you no doubt would see her TBWA philosophy in action: Teaching By Walking Around. Whether it's checking in with her students on their projects, creating a help center to build interest at her high school or pushing for universal access to personal finance, Renee's clearly demonstrates her passion for helping students...
Dec 28, 2018
Webinar, Investing, Tips for Teachers, Interactive
NGPF Webinars build content knowledge, provide ideas for NGPF activities that educators can use in your classroom and share best practices. Here are the top NGPF Webinars from 2018:
5. Teaching Soft Skills for the 21st Century!
4. Brush Up On Investing
3. NGPF Semester Course: Planning for Success
2. STAX: The Newest Game to Teach Investing
1. Getting Started with Google Classroom
Earn PD hours by watching one more of the webinars in our in...