Category: Teaching Strategies

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks Project-Based Learning With Renee Wasinger of Olathe South High School (Kansas)

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Jan 04, 2019
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Podcasts, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers
Renee Wasinger can be described as many things, most notably as an enterprising, enthusiastic, and energetic educator! If you visited her classroom in Olathe, Kansas, you no doubt would see her TBWA philosophy in action: Teaching By Walking Around.  Whether it's checking in with her students on their projects, creating a help center to build interest at her high school or pushing for universal access to personal finance, Renee's clearly demonstrates her passion for helping students...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Creative Educator Jim Wasserman On How To Build Student Engagement

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Dec 28, 2018
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Podcasts, Teaching Strategies, Economics
  Once an educator, always an educator. Jim Wasserman took a page from his own book—literally!—and now he’s happily living his “third life” la buena vida with his wife (and investment guru) Jiab in Seville, Spain. This renaissance man found a way to jazz up his economics class and boy has he amassed quite the collection of student stories over the years. Hear Jim dive into how his classroom experience shaped his life and be inspired to go back to your...

Best Of 2018...NGPF Podcasts

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Dec 26, 2018
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Investing, Podcasts, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers
Want to use your holiday break to get some new ideas from innovative educators or build your content knowledge from an investing expert? I thought I would share with you the most popular NGPF podcasts based on the number of downloads.  Top 10 NGPF podcasts (Educator category) of 2018: Jill Thompson (Kelly Walsh High School, WY) explains her strategy and tactics to increase access to financial education in her community Brian Bean (Tomball Memorial High School, TX) describes his...

Question of the Day: What is the most popular finance app in the IOS (iPhone) Store?

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Dec 19, 2018
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Question of the Day, Checking Accounts, Research, Teaching Strategies, Payment Types
Answer: Cash App (Square) From App Annie (December 12th 2018) Questions: How comfortable are you using financial apps on your smartphone?  How many of these apps do you currently use? plan to use in the future?  How would you group these apps into different categories?  Are there any financial apps not listed here that you use?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Motley Fool)...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Enterprising Educator Nick Murja of Palo Duro High School (Amarillo, TX)

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Dec 14, 2018
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Podcasts, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers, Credit Cards
Nick Murja’s odyssey to achieving a debt-free life started when a sudden epiphany led him to change the way he viewed money. He doubled down and saved, invested wisely, and even started his own handful of side hustles in order to reach his goal. He publicly announced his progress towards his goal which engaged his students even more! Now this Palo Duro High School teacher is on another mission: teaching his students the financial lessons he wished he knew when he was their age. Enjoy!...

Tech Tool Review: QR Codes, Vocaroo Website, Snapchat

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Nov 26, 2018
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NGPF Fellows, Teaching Strategies, Summer Institute, Financial Literacy
Teachers who attend our Summer Institute in Palo Alto become NGPF Fellows the following school year -- this Fellowship includes presenting with us at PD sessions, offering NGPF feedback on products, writing guest blog posts, ... the list goes on. Today features a Tech Tool Review from Kelly-Anne Rush of Windham High School in Windham ME. Here's what Kelly-Anne has to say... Tech Tool: QR Codes, Vocaroo Website, Snapchat Cost: Free Use Case:  Students are asked to research various consumer...

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...