Category: Professional Development > Tips for Teachers

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks Project-Based Learning With Renee Wasinger of Olathe South High School (Kansas)

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Jan 04, 2019
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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...

Best of 2018...NGPF Webinars

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Dec 28, 2018
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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...

Best Of 2018...NGPF Podcasts

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Dec 26, 2018
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Investing, Podcasts, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers
Want to use your holiday break to get some new ideas from innovative educators or build your content knowledge from an investing expert? I thought I would share with you the most popular NGPF podcasts based on the number of downloads.  Top 10 NGPF podcasts (Educator category) of 2018: Jill Thompson (Kelly Walsh High School, WY) explains her strategy and tactics to increase access to financial education in her community Brian Bean (Tomball Memorial High School, TX) describes his...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Enterprising Educator Nick Murja of Palo Duro High School (Amarillo, TX)

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Dec 14, 2018
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Podcasts, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers, Credit Cards
Nick Murja’s odyssey to achieving a debt-free life started when a sudden epiphany led him to change the way he viewed money. He doubled down and saved, invested wisely, and even started his own handful of side hustles in order to reach his goal. He publicly announced his progress towards his goal which engaged his students even more! Now this Palo Duro High School teacher is on another mission: teaching his students the financial lessons he wished he knew when he was their age. Enjoy!...

Tech Tool Review: DocHub Google Extension

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Nov 19, 2018
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NGPF Fellows, Tips for Teachers, Summer Institute, 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 Tech Tool Review from Jacqueline Prester of Mansfield High School in Mansfield MA. Here's what Jacqueline has to say...   Tech Tool: DocHub Google Extension   Cost: Free   Use Case: Teachers often have PDF documents...

Tech Tool Review: Kahoot's spreadsheet integration with Google Forms

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Nov 08, 2018
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NGPF Fellows, Featured Teachers, Tips for Teachers, Quizzes
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 Jacqueline Prester of Mansfield High School in Mansfield MA. Here's what Jacqueline has to say... Tech Tool: Kahoot's spreadsheet integration with Google Forms Cost: Free Use Case: Students love to play Kahoot...

The Power of Community: Want To Benefit From The Insights Of Over 900 FinLIt Fanatics?

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Nov 07, 2018
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Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers
Our FinLit Fanatics group is now approaching 1,000 educators!!!!!  Why are teachers joining in droves? In short: Connections, Community and Collaboration. Whether you have a vexing technical question, want tips on how to implement a specific activity or just want to rave about how well your class went today, FinLit Fanatics is the place to go. Post a question and almost immediately you will garner responses from an amazing group of passionate educators who want to help!  Recent posts...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Gwen Tulin and Victoria Golden of Brain Arts Production (Chicago, IL)

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Oct 12, 2018
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Podcasts, Tips for Teachers, Personal Finance, Activities
Brain Arts Production is the brainchild—pun intended—of Gwen Tulin and Victoria Golden, who have a passion for using the dramatic arts to educate young people about money. This Chicago-based nonprofit has a mission to help students build financial literacy skills through the creative method of learning by doing. The organization teaches students money skills through projects such as pitching a business in a Shark Tank scenarios or staying on budget while producing a short film. Gwen...

View from the Trenches: The Checking Account Decision-Making Process (Without A Parent)

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Oct 08, 2018
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Checking Accounts, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers, Activities
Thanks to NGPF Fellow Charles Kafoglis for sharing this recent checking activity he did with this students which yielded some surprising results. Here's the view from the trenches:  Each year, in my unit "Bank On It", I use the NGPF Activity to have students describe and compare checking accounts.  They must compare checking accounts from three different types of banks: national/regional/local, credit unions, and online banks.  One of the three banks must be their current...

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. Want 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! Want 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! Want 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...