Category: Teaching Strategies

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...

November 20, 2019: A Day in the Life of the NGPF website

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Dec 03, 2019
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Teaching Strategies
It's been over 2 1/2 years since I last did a post highlighting how teachers are using our website. A lot has changed since then, as visitors to our website have quadrupled since then.  By now, you realize that I am a data geek, so it would only seem natural that I obsess over our website statistics and the story it tells about how educators, students, parents and others use us. Please note that we don’t track individual users on our site and get our aggregate data from Google...

NGPF Podcast: Greg Carson: the personal finance teacher who made a difference in the life of a pro football player

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Nov 15, 2019
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Featured Teachers, Podcasts, Personal Finance, Teaching Strategies
  "I'd rather live like a prince for the rest of my life than live like a king for my NFL career." “I’m going to sacrifice now for me to be happy later,’’ 'Williams estimates he invests at least 90 percent of the money that comes in via game checks." These are statements that you would not expect to hear from a professional athlete but that's exactly what New England Patriot Joejuan Williams had to say in a recent article.  How did he build these mindsets...

NGPF Podcast: Vincent Branch on the transition from financial advisor to educator

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Nov 08, 2019
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Podcasts, Teaching Strategies, Featured Teachers
NGPF Fellow Vincent Branch has a passion for financial education that became apparent the first time we met at the NGPF Summer Institute earlier this year. As a financial advisor in an earlier life, he saw the tactics used to "sell" financial products and realized how few people knew the right questions to ask. He's preparing his students to be that skeptical consumer as a personal finance teacher at Washington High School (Houston, TX). In this podcast, Vincent will discuss why he cares so...

Teacher Tips for Implementing Credit Clash OR What I learned at Credit Clash Virtual PDs

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Sep 30, 2019
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Teaching Strategies, Credit Cards, Student Loans
Since we launched Credit Clash earlier this month, we hosted several Virtual PDs with over 60 teachers. I wanted to share some highlights from those conversations: Game Takeaways Get your payments in order before opening additional lines of credit. Take into account that opening lines of credit "dings" your credit before it begins improving it. Be careful to have plenty of $ in your bank account in case of emergency [Emily Hardesty] Additional lines of credit can build your credit score, but...

NGPF Podcast: Dan Otter and Scott Dauenhauer discuss launch of 403bWise.org

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Sep 13, 2019
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Podcasts, Investing, Personal Finance, Teaching Strategies
For almost two decades, no one has done more to support teachers in navigating the 403(b) minefield than Dan and Scott. They will share an exciting new announcement. Listen to Dan and Scott discuss the "new" 403bWise, how they plan to support teachers in the future and their best ideas on how to reform the system. Oh, and they will make you smarter about investing too. Be prepared to be inspired! Introduction: 0:00~2:58 Introduction 2:58~7:29 Changes happening in personal finance education...

Guest Post: Jason Brush of Yucaipa High School (CA) on how 1:1 computing has changed his classroom

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Sep 05, 2019
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Teaching Strategies, Personal Finance
 Of the 13 high schools that are within a 40 mile radius of Yucaipa High School [where he teachers] 10 offer a Personal Finance class. About half of those have a semester course and the other half a full year.  Yucaipa High is the only school that offers Personal Finance for MATH or Elective Credit. It is also University of California approved as an Advanced Math course. This is huge because our school requires 3 years of math to graduate and as you are well aware not every student is...

NGPF Podcast: How Iowa Student Loan Team Members Marc Hendel, Julie Cahalan and Gary Adams Served Their Local Community

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Jun 14, 2019
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Podcasts, Teaching Strategies
Marc, Julie and Gary share their experiences running four personal finance workshops at Harding Middle School in Des Moines. "The sooner the better" is a great answer to the question, "what is the right age for students to receive financial education?" Listen to the highlights of their work in the classroom as well as their observations about what middle school students are most interested in when it comes to money. Enjoy! Details: 0:00~1:54 Introduction 1:54~5:02 What Mark, Gary, and Julie do...

Teaching Strategies: Case Study Tips

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Jun 12, 2019
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Teaching Strategies, Case Study
Hat tip to Brian Page for sharing this article from Harvard Business which highlights teaching strategies when using case studies:   TIPS: When students are not prepared… If too many students come to a case discussion unprepared, ask why – don’t assume it’s laziness. Do they know how to prepare? Were your expectations clear? If the issue is only poor preparation, reinforce your expectations and the responsibility students have towards each...

Tech Tool Review: Google Sites

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Jun 11, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Teaching Strategies
NGPF Fellow Jenna Derkoski (Newton South High School, MA) provides this awesome overview of how to use Google Sites in your classroom. Name of the Tool: Google Sites Cost: To access the integrations with other Google Apps that make Google Sites useful as an intranet site creator, you'll need a G Suite subscription, which comes in two forms: $5 per user per month and $10 per user per month, we have google as part of our district, so it is free for our students to access. Use Case: Allows...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Award-Winning Educator Nic Manogue of Milton High School (WI)

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Apr 26, 2019
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Teaching Strategies, Podcasts, Paying for College, Student Loans
I met Nic recently in Madison, Wisconsin where he received the 2018 Governor's Financial Literacy Award from Governor Tony Evers. Nic has established a program at Milton High School (which he also attended) where EVERY student creates an Academic and Career Plan which they present as a senior project to their classmates and members of the community. What an amazing and important process for students to go through!  In this podcast, you will learn more about why Nic is so passionate about...

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/...

Using Correspondence From Former Students to Inspire and Motivate Your Current Students

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Mar 05, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Behavioral Finance, Financial Literacy, Teaching Strategies
The following blog post comes courtesy of NGPF Fellow, Patrick Kubeny, of Rhinelander High School in Rhinelander, WI. --- If you are looking for ways to motivate and inspire your current students to actually implement some of the financial strategies you are teaching in your classes, try using some correspondence from some of your former students--IT WORKS! I received the following email from a former student and shared it with my personal finance classes:   Hello Mr. Kubeny (Coach K!):...

Tech Tool Review: Honey

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Feb 11, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Teaching Strategies, Budgeting
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. I'm excited to feature a Tech Tool Review from Aric Weiker of Interlake High School in Bellevue, WA. Here's what Aric has to say... Tech Tool: Honey or Honey.com Cost: Free, but requires registration Use Case:  Honey is a coupon and...