Category: Professional Development > Tips for Teachers

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, Tips for Teachers, Current Events, Podcasts, Interactive
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, Tips for Teachers, Teaching Strategies, Featured Teachers, Behavioral Finance, NGPF Fellows
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, Budgeting, Featured Teachers, Investing, Lesson Idea, Tips for Teachers, Summer Institute, Teaching Strategies
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...

How do YOU teach personal finance?

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Aug 04, 2017
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Flash Surveys, Research, Lesson Idea, Financial Literacy, Teaching Strategies, Front Page Spotlight, Tips for Teachers
The start of school is just around the corner and we know that you’re beginning to think about your coming course load for the year. As personal finance education becomes mandated in a growing number of states, we’re curious: How do YOU teach personal finance? Create your own user feedback survey ...

Schools in the News

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Aug 02, 2017
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Featured Teachers, Personal Finance, Lesson Idea, Financial Literacy, Teaching Strategies, Schools In News, Tips for Teachers
Franklin Military Academy financial literacy course receives high marks (Richmond Free Press) The passionate discussion of Phyllis Jackson’s students can be heard long before reaching her classroom at Richmond’s Franklin Military Academy. On a recent warm afternoon, Ms. Jackson’s students are divided into small groups to tackle an assignment in her economics and personal finance class: To figure out the cost of transportation to and from work and budgeting the money to cover it. At...

Question: Should We Be Teaching Financial Habits or Goals?

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Jun 15, 2017
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Behavioral Finance, Research, Teaching Strategies, Current Events, Article, Tips for Teachers
I can always count on the Farnham Street blog for thought-provoking questions. Their recent post “Habits vs Goals : A Look at the Benefits of a Systematic Approach to Life,” caught my attention because it is something I struggle with. Namely, how can I operationalize ambitious goals into day-to-day habits? Goals can often seem daunting but when you break them down into daily or frequent habitual actions they suddenly seem easier. Here’s the main takeaways from this five minute...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To NGPF's Jessica Endlich and Sonia Dalal About Their New One-Semester Course

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May 10, 2017
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Podcasts, Teaching Strategies, New Products, Tips for Teachers
Today on the podcast we hear from NGPF’s Jessica and Sonia about the new One-Semester Course that they are creating. We often hear from teachers that NGPF has great content but also that there is SO much of it.  Given how busy you are, we wanted to make it easy for you by developing the “greatest hits” of NGPF that you could fit into a semester course. Putting their problem-solving hats on, Jessica and Sonia are in the process of developing a One-Semester Course of exactly...

NGPF Launches 3rd Annual Teacher Innovator Contest

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Apr 07, 2017
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Lesson Idea, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers, Contest Current
Here are the deets: WHAT DO I NEED TO SUBMIT? COMPLETE THIS FORM to submit details about your favorite personal finance lesson or activity that demonstrates an innovative approach to teaching a personal finance concept.  WHAT IS CONSIDERED “INNOVATIVE?” Creation of an original lesson plan or activity with a personal finance focus Modification of an existing lesson or activity (e.g., creating an extension activity to challenge your high performers, finding additional...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To NGPF Fellow Amy McCabe of Culpeper High School (Virginia)

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Apr 03, 2017
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Podcasts, Tips for Teachers, Insurance, Teaching Strategies, Investing, NGPF Fellows
Thanks to Amy McCabe for taking the time to participate in this recent NGPF Podcast. I got to know Amy during our inaugural Summer Institute in 2016 and was struck by her passion for teaching and for ensuring her students get the skills they need to succeed in their financial lives. In this podcast, you will learn from Amy what it’s like to teach in a state with a personal finance mandate. She discusses her approach to teaching challenging topics, such as investing and insurance...

The D-Word: Differentiation!

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Mar 21, 2017
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Tips for Teachers, Teaching Strategies
Just a few weeks back, NGPF Fellow Maureen Neuner and I had a great phone conversation (we’re always saying — “Contact us! We love to help!” Maureen can attest it’s true) about the “D” word. DIFFERENTIATION! Love it or hate it, every good teacher’s got to do it, and Maureen and I were discussing specifically how to differentiate in the fin lit classroom. I spent 4 years teaching algebra and geometry, often to students who really struggled with...

The Money Question: Do You Want Overdraft Protection?

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Mar 05, 2017
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Checking Accounts, Teaching Strategies, Schools In News, Tips for Teachers
Thanks to Mountain View High for inviting me to their AVID class last week (and for the next 7 Thursdays) to teach personal finance. Today’s topic was “How To Manage Your Checking Account.” I started with the Bank role play activity to highlight the questions that students should be prepared to ask PRIOR to opening an account. Asking the right questions has to be the foundational skill we need to develop in any financial education course. The students responses included the...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to FinLit Mover and Shaker Brett Burkey

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Feb 21, 2017
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Podcasts, Investing, Current Events, Professional Development, Tips for Teachers
He’s written personal finance workbooks, successfully lobbied Florida legislators, trained hundreds of teachers and taught thousands of students in his career. Oh, he also was a pioneer in bringing a blended learning model into his classroom. Who’s “he”? That would be educator Brett Burkey who took time to appear on the NGPF podcast to share insights from his incredible career. From the statehouse to the classroom, Brett describes how he was able to engage his...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to NGPF Fellow Charles Kafoglis About His Four Principles to Teaching Personal Finance

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Feb 15, 2017
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Professional Development, Investing, Podcasts, Tips for Teachers, Summer Institute
Thanks to Charles Kafoglis of Incarnate Word in Houston, Texas for sharing his insights recently on the NGPF podcast. I got to know Charles through his participation in our Summer Institute in 2016. I saw firsthand his passion for financial education and have enjoyed our ongoing dialogue about different approaches to teaching investing. In this podcast, Charles shares the four key principles that serve as the foundation for his personal finance course as well as how his course ties into the...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Odelia Younge and Jennifer Kabaker About Micro-Credential Program At Digital Promise

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Feb 09, 2017
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Professional Development, Teaching Strategies, Podcasts, Tips for Teachers
Many personal finance teachers don’t feel confident teaching the subject. There are often hurdles to participating in effective professional development including distance, dollars and relevance. The good news is that there are innovative organizations creating solutions to this problem. I spoke with leaders at one of these innovative companies, Digital Promise, about their micro-credentialing platform, which is designed to build finance educator competencies. Thanks to Odelia Younge and...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Blended Learning Aficionado Steve Penley

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Jan 31, 2017
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Podcasts, Lesson Idea, Teaching Strategies, Current Events, Professional Development, Tips for Teachers
Thanks to Steve Penley of Waubonsie Valley High School (Aurora, Illinois) for coming on the NGPF podcast recently. Steve came to our attention through his participation in the NGPF Professional Learning Communities (PLC) program that Jessica (from NGPF) facilitates. In Jessica’s words, “Steve provides tons of great feedback to other participants and stays abreast of new technologies and tools which is incredibly valuable to the group.” In this podcast, Steve shares the...

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