Category: Teaching Remotely

Virtual Adaptation: COMPARE: Types of Car Insurance

|
Jun 01, 2020
|
Teaching Remotely, Insurance
As the school year is coming to an end for many teachers and learning is taking place online, keeping students engaged is key. One topic that always proves to be interesting to students is buying and insuring a car. The activity COMPARE: Types of Car Insurance requires students to identify the different types of auto insurance coverage and determine the appropriate type of insurance to cover damages in multiple scenarios.  At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering...

Virtual Adaptation - Budgeting Case Study: How Do I Budget?

|
May 25, 2020
|
Teaching Remotely, Budgeting
Budgeting is a foundational topic in any personal finance class. A hidden gem in the NGPF curriculum is case studies. A great activity that combines both of these variables is Case Study: How Do I Budget?  NGPF Case Studies present personal finance issues in the context of real-life situations. Students explore decision-making, develop communication skills, and make choices when there is no "right" answer. In this case study, students learn the basics of budgeting, from setting priorities,...

Virtual Adaptation: MOVE Activities (Part II)

|
May 18, 2020
|
Teaching Remotely, Insurance
Last week, we posted virtual adaptations for three of our most popular MOVE activities (view the post here). By request, here are adaptation ideas for TWO additional MOVE activities. As a reminder, these ideas are not meant to take away from the magic of MOVE activities. NGPF MOVE activities are some of the best activities to encourage movement and collaboration in a traditional learning environment. However, at a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous...

Virtual Adaptation: MOVE Activities

|
May 11, 2020
|
Teaching Remotely, Budgeting, Investing, Taxes
MOVE activities are some of the best NGPF activities to use in the traditional classroom. They require students to apply their knowledge through a fun, out-of-their-seats, whole class challenge. But times are different right now and learning is taking place remotely. So, how can teachers take the context of the MOVE activity and use it in the digital environment? We have created TWO adaptations to THREE of our most popular MOVE activities that you can use in either a synchronous or asynchronous...

Virtual Adaptation - COMPARE: Tax Forms & Their Purpose

|
May 04, 2020
|
Teaching Remotely, Taxes
Tax forms contain so many letters and numbers that it can be hard for students to keep them straight. COMPARE: Tax Forms & Their Purpose is an activity that has students identify the purpose of a variety of tax forms including the W-2, W-4, 1099, 1040, and I-9. At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering asynchronous and synchronous learning, we've listed some adaptations that might work for your current classroom environment.   ASYNCHRONOUS Learning Environment Ideas:...

Virtual Adaptation - CARTOONS

|
Apr 27, 2020
|
Teaching Remotely, Cartoons
Every unit in the NGPF curriculum has a CARTOONS activity where students examine a number of cartoons about the unit topic and analyze one of them in-depth to determine the message being sent and a connection to what they have learned. Here is an example from the Savings Unit - CARTOONS: Why is it So Hard to Save Money?  At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous learning, we've listed some adaptations and extension ideas that may work for your...

Teaching Remotely Podcast Series: NGPF Fellows Amanda Volz and Brian Page on Assessing Student Performance While Teaching Remotely

|
Apr 24, 2020
|
Teaching Strategies, Podcasts, Teaching Remotely
You are likely in week 1 to week 5 of this new era of teaching remotely, depending on when your school made this shift. As you start to settle into routines, we know that many of you start to ask the question, "how can I assess my students when we are all working from home?" I can't imagine two better people to answer this question than Amanda and Brian who came back to the NGPF podcast to share innovative ideas about assessing student performance. These ideas emerged from their standing...

Virtual Adaptation - Project: Who Aced the Interview Challenge?

|
Apr 22, 2020
|
Career, Featured NGPF Lesson, Teaching Remotely
NGPF crowd favorite, Project: Who Aced the Interview Challenge?, was highlighted in the 2020 FinLit Month Calendar. At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous learning, we’ve listed some adaptations that may work for your current classroom environment.   Synchronous Learning Environment Interview Challenge via Verbal Response Pre Work:  Use a Google Form to have students identify which general field of employment they are most...

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

|
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.    ...

Virtual Adaptation - Debate: Should College Students Have Credit Cards?

|
Apr 13, 2020
|
Credit Cards, Featured NGPF Lesson, Teaching Remotely
NGPF crowd favorite, Debate: Should College Students Have Credit Cards?, was highlighted in the 2020 FinLit Month Calendar. At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous learning, we’ve listed some adaptations that may work for your current classroom environment.   Synchronous Learning Environment Split students into an even number of small teams and assign which side of the debate they will cover. Students identify and list arguments (either...

NGPF Podcast: Zach Blattner on Best Practices for Teaching Online

|
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. Zach will...

Schools in the News: Transitioning to Teaching Remotely and Treasurer Visits

|
Apr 07, 2020
|
Schools In News, Personal Finance, Teaching Remotely
Triway Local teacher offering financial literacy class online to anyone in grades 8-12 (Wooster Daily Record):  Ryan Kline, a special education teacher at Triway Junior High School, is offering a financial literacy class on Monday via Zoom — and he’s opening it up to any student in eighth through 12th grades who wants to tune in. Since the district posted about the class on its Facebook page on Tuesday, Kline has received emails from about 40 people interested in joining the...

NEW! Virtual Version of the Bean Game (and Extension Activity too)

|
Mar 31, 2020
|
Budgeting, Activity, Activities, Teaching Remotely
The Bean Game stands out as a definite teacher and student favorite. It has a simple set-up, it's student-centered and applies core budgeting principles such as wants vs. needs and adjusting for financial hardships. Knowing that many of you are now teaching remotely, we developed a virtual map where students make their choices on the map with capital letter Os ("O") instead of beans. This game takes on even more relevance in light of the financial adjustments that many families are making...

Grab some popcorn...20 Movies and Documentaries about Money That (You and) Your Students Will Enjoy

|
Mar 29, 2020
|
Video Resource, Teaching Remotely
Thanks to Brian Page for curating this list that he describes as "NOT Movies or documentaries about economics or financial industry scandals that have very little pragmatic value for high school students." He's included a brief description of the video, the financial topics that are covered and the duration. He also created a form so that you can vote on your top 5. Vote by April 15th and he will tally the results and share on FinLIt Fanatics.  Here's a sampling of movies he included:...

NGPF Podcast: NGPF Fellows Brian Page and Amanda Volz share tips on teaching remotely

|
Mar 27, 2020
|
Podcasts, Teaching Strategies, Teaching Remotely
Thanks to Brian Page and Amanda Volz for taping this podcast earlier this week. With the shift to online learning, I wanted these master teachers to share their early experiences with students in an online environment (Brian) and their favorite tech tools (Amanda) to ease that transition. Enjoy!   Details: 0:00~1:29 Introduction 1:29~2:48 Status at school  2:48~6:58 Brian’s tips to prepare for remote learning 6:58~10:19 Amanda’s must-have tech tools 10:19~11:59 Quizziz...