Category: Teaching Strategies

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...

How Teachers Use NGPF: A Month In the Life of the NGPF Website

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Nov 06, 2018
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Research, Teaching Strategies, Personal Finance, Interactive, Activities, Paying for College
A huge thank you to educators who have shared their excitement about our website and PD offerings to their colleagues. You have helped us expand our impact as we have added over 10,000 teachers to our platform in just the last 12 months. The largest source of new teachers: "word of mouth." This allows NGPF to spend less on marketing our services and more on serving teachers with FREE curriculum, PD and advocacy efforts.  This jump in teachers has translated to tremendous growth with our...

We don't like to be embarrassed and it's costing us....billions in bank fees!

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Oct 29, 2018
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Checking Accounts, Teaching Strategies
I had the opportunity last week to share our new short-form Bank Simulation with AVID students at Mountain View High School. I like to open any class about bank accounts with a question to find out who has a checking account. My next question is intended for these accountholders and is simply "How many of you have ever heard of overdraft fees?" High school students don't always have the best poker faces and it's easy to tell who has felt the sting of these fees. Grimaces, pained expressions and...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Financial Diaries Co-Author Rachel Schneider

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Oct 26, 2018
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Podcasts, Personal Finance, Current Events, Teaching Strategies
In Financial Diaries, Rachel Schneider digs under the surface and really gets into the nitty-gritty of American's financial lives including their hopes, dreams and struggles. Her poignant stories, including one about a family whose Sunday night meetings help them figure out what bills they can pay that week, will give you a deeper appreciation of what financial insecurity feels like. Financial Diaries laid bare the fact that a high percentage of Americans have challenges predicting...

PAYBACK Committee Created at City As School (New York City)

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Oct 25, 2018
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Paying for College, Schools In News, Teaching Strategies
During my visit to City As School in NYC last week, I discovered that an incredible group of teachers had come together to form the school’s very own “Payback Committee!” It was such a great idea - I knew I had to share it! With just 3 weeks left until the Payback Challenge submission deadline on November 14, 2018, 8 high school teachers at City As School sought to encourage more students to participate in our scholarship contest by sweetening the deal! They used school...

Calling All Change Makers: NGPF 2019 Summit

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Oct 24, 2018
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Teaching Strategies, Advocacy, Behavioral Finance, Professional Development, Schools In News
Are you passionate about increasing access to personal finance education? Motivated to affect change in your class, school, district or community? Apply for NGPF's Summit today!   Who You Are: You understand the importance and value of personal finance education. You acknowledge that students must learn to manage money, create budgets, and build good credit habits to become financially secure adults in the 'real world'. You are committed to improving financial education in your...

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...

Bringing Creativity Into Your Classroom [from inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity]

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Sep 13, 2018
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Activities, Teaching Strategies
We know that the job market of the future will reward creativity. It's one place where we still enjoy advantages over machines. You may be wondering, "how can I teach my students to be creative problem-solvers." The good news is that there lots of talented people trying to solve this problem. Today I am happy to share some ideas that I picked up from Tina Seelig's book, inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity. In this book, the Stanford d.school professor [NGPF fellows consistently vote the...

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...

The Best Advocacy Strategy...

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Aug 21, 2018
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Personal Finance, Advocacy, Teaching Strategies
We talk about advocacy quite a bit at Next Gen Personal Finance. We come to work every day with the aspiration that all students leave high school with the financial skills they need to thrive in the future. Read any parent and student surveys and you will quickly realize how much support exists behind this idea: Nearly 90% of parents and teachers believe that financial education should be taught in schools ((Time) 83% of students want financial education in schools (EverFi) As you ponder...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Tireless Advocate and Educator Tiffany Zachmeier

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Aug 17, 2018
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Podcasts, Financial Literacy, Teaching Strategies, Advocacy
  Tiffany Zachmeier has greatly expanded the financial education efforts at Bay Federal Credit Union in Santa Cruz, California. What she and her credit union have accomplished in a little over a decade is nothing short of amazing. Since 2005, their program has reached over 20,000 people  in 1,000 workshops delivered at local schools, employers and non-profits in the community. As the BayFed CEO noted: "Tiffany has truly helped make a real difference in the financial lives of those in...

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...

Where are your Spanish translations?

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Jul 10, 2018
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PRO Tip from NGPF, Teaching Strategies
THE PROBLEM: I've heard NGPF has resources in Spanish. How do I find them??? Find out in our new VLOG initiative called PRO Tip from NGPF...    THE ANSWER: Watch this 2-minute video to learn more! What to receive a weekly PRO Tip to your inbox? Sign up for the blog digest on the upper right of our blog page. ...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Maggie Robles About Creating a Successful Financial Math Program at Centennial High School (CA)

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Jul 06, 2018
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Podcasts, Math, Teaching Strategies, Advocacy
Maggie Roble’s students at Centennial High School in Corona, California asked relentlessly why there was no class on practical, financial math they could use outside of classroom. She decided to change things for the better and built a math class from the ground up that would provide her students with those "real-life" skills. She clearly built something the students love? Since the program’s inception just two years ago, she has increased the number of students in her program from...

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...