Category: Teaching Remotely

50 Ways to Build Relationships, Routines, and Culture in Week 1 of Remote Teaching

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Aug 04, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Teaching Strategies
While some teachers (about 1 in 3 of those I've surveyed informally) are going back to their classrooms for some sort of in-person instruction, many educators will be teaching either completely remotely or in various blended models for this fall at least. If you're a teacher reading this post, yours is a daunting task. But if I know anything about you... it's that: you don't give up easily, you handle unpredictable situations with poise, and you always think of your students first. With those...

Virtual Adaptation - FINE PRINT: W4 Form

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Aug 03, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Taxes
The W4 Form has been redesigned. According to the IRS, “The new design reduces the form's complexity and increases the transparency and accuracy of the withholding system. While it uses the same underlying information as the old design, it replaces complicated worksheets with more straightforward questions that make accurate withholding easier for employees.”    The activity FINE PRINT: W4 Form allows students to analyze the new W4 Form and understand what information is...

Virtual Adaptation - ANALYZE: Categorizing Credit

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Jul 27, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Credit Cards
In the activity ANALYZE: Categorizing Credit, students analyze different types of credit (auto loans, credit cards, and more) and categorize the credit in three ways (installment vs revolving, secured vs unsecured, and variable vs fixed rate). There are many creative ways this activity can be incorporated in the classroom. We’ve listed some ideas that may work well for a synchronous virtual learning environment with or without breakout rooms.   Ideas for a synchronous learning...

Virtual Adaptation - ANALYZE: A Student Aid Report

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Jul 20, 2020
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Teaching Remotely
Once you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). This report will provide you with some very important information about: your financial aid eligibility,  how much colleges assume your family will need to pay, and  what types of other aid you may be eligible for.    In the activity ANALYZE: A Student Aid Report, students will analyze a sample Student Aid Report and understand the importance of carefully...

Virtual Adaptation - PLAY: Payment Decisions

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Jul 13, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Checking Accounts
In the activity PLAY: Payment Decisions, students will determine which payment type to use in a variety of scenarios. Students will weigh the pros, cons, and financial impact of using cash, a debit/prepaid card, a credit card, or P2P payment. There are many creative ways this activity can be incorporated in the classroom. We've listed some ideas that may work well for a synchronous or asynchronous virtual learning environment.      Synchronous Environment Ideas: Display the...

Virtual Adaptation - INTERACTIVE: Credit Across US Communities

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Jul 06, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Credit Cards, Credit Scores
The activity INTERACTIVE: Credit Across US Communities allows students to use an online, interactive map tool to answer questions about credit usage around the United States. The interactive map designed by The Federal Reserve Bank of New York allows an opportunity for students to analyze data and learn more about communities' access to credit and credit stress levels.   At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous learning, we've listed some...

Virtual Adaptation - PLAY: The Ultimatum Game

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Jun 29, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Behavioral Finance
PLAY: The Ultimatum Game is a classroom experiment that demonstrates how irrational humans can be when making financial decisions. With this game, students will explore the behavior and emotions behind the financial decisions they make. In this activity, students will be presented with this scenario: Two Teacher Tips: As classroom discussion will be key to learning the behavioral finance principles of this activity, it is important to review the Teacher Guide before facilitating this activity...

Virtual Adaptation - COMPARE: Select a Checking Account

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Jun 22, 2020
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Teaching Remotely
When you are trying to open a new financial account of any type, there are two core principles you should keep in mind:  Brainstorm which features or criteria matter most to you, personally, for how you plan to use the account. Comparison shop to see which accounts or financial products best meet your specific needs.   The activity COMPARE: Select a Checking Account allows students to implement these core principles. In this activity, students will determine which features they value...

Virtual Adaptation - COMPARE: Needs vs Wants

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Jun 15, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Budgeting
A key aspect of creating a budget that works is determining needs from wants. This type of lesson is typically a staple when teaching personal finance. In the activity, COMPARE: Needs vs Wants, students will prioritize budget items to determine their needs vs wants and consider how their values and budget ultimately determine how they spend their income. At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous learning, we've listed some adaptations and extension...

Today (June 10th) is the last day to apply for 3 year Nearpod License Grant from NGPF

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Jun 09, 2020
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Personal Finance, Teaching Remotely
NGPF is providing Nearpod License grants to 1,000 educators for a three year period. We want to provide you with the peace of mind of knowing you have a tool that works well for both in-person and remote teaching situations.  For those of you who have attended NGPF Virtual PDs, you know how engaging the Nearpod experience is. Polls, collaboration boards, quizzes, Climb to the Top, open-ended questions, Draw it...and so many other engagement strategies.  Apply before 11:59pm on...

Virtual Adaptation - CALCULATE: Completing a 1040

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Jun 08, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Taxes
Taxes can be a tough topic to teach high school students, and even more difficult when you are teaching remotely. However, learning how to file your taxes is an important life skill for all students to learn. The activity CALCULATE: Completing a 1040 requires students to complete a 1040 Form for individuals with a variety of backgrounds and personal situations.  At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous learning, we've listed some adaptations...

Virtual Adaptation: COMPARE: Types of Car Insurance

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Jun 01, 2020
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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?

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May 25, 2020
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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)

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May 18, 2020
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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

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May 11, 2020
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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...