Category: Professional Development > Tips for Teachers

My Classroom, Episode #2: Happiness is a Choice

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Sep 23, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Teaching Strategies, Podcasts, Tips for Teachers
NGPF’s My Classroom is a 10-15 minute weekly podcast series that will follow the lives and classrooms of four rock star teachers and NGPF Fellows.  Each one is from a different area of the country, a different type of school, and currently teaching in a different environment (virtual, face-to-face, hybrid)  but are determined to make their learning environment as great as it can be during COVID.  In Episode #2 Kerri, Courtney, Julius, and Tony share how they maintain a...

Introducing: My Classroom Podcast Series

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Sep 16, 2020
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Podcasts, Teaching Remotely, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers
This school year is like no other. Teachers across the nation are educating students in many different learning environments and are adapting their lessons and teaching strategies to best meet the needs of their students.    NGPF’s My Classroom is a 10-15 minute weekly podcast series that will follow the lives and classrooms of four rock star teachers.  Each one is from a different area of the country, a different type of school, and currently teaching in a different...

Making the Most of "What's New With _____ (2020)"

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Sep 10, 2020
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Tips for Teachers
Beginning in July, a series of weekly articles were posted on the NGPF blog to guide you through recent developments and current events for each of the units in the NGPF curriculum. In this challenging year, much of the content included is related to the pandemic.   The hope is that these updates make it a bit easier to keep your lessons fresh as you have a full plate to begin with. They are designed for teachers to be able to bring themselves up to speed on anything happening in a...

A-G Course Approval Templates

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Jun 12, 2020
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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...

TEKs Money Matters Standard Alignment

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Jun 12, 2020
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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...

Teaching Remotely Series: A Ready Made Alternative to a Traditional Test

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Apr 21, 2020
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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.    ...

NGPF Podcast: Zach Blattner on Best Practices for Teaching Online

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Apr 10, 2020
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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. Zach will...

Lexile Level Blog Post #3: Unit Tests

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Feb 18, 2020
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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...

What Is NGPF Curriculum's Lexile Level? Pt. 2

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Jan 29, 2020
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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...

Guest Post from Lana Main: Using NGPF for Computer Technology Instruction

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Jan 15, 2020
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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...

What Is NGPF Curriculum's Lexile Level?

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Jan 07, 2020
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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...

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...

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...

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/...