Category: Teaching Strategies

TEKs Money Matters Standard Alignment

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Jun 12, 2020
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Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers
Teachers in the state of Texas have been requesting for their state's personal finance curriculum standards to be aligned with NGPF's curriculum. Well, you ask and you shall receive! NGPF's semester course curriculum is now aligned with TEKS Money Matters standards! Check out our standards alignment document for Texas teachers below!  We hope this standards alignment assist in your personal finance classroom instruction and in your lesson planning! The resource aligns TEKS Money Matters...

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

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Apr 24, 2020
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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...

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

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Apr 21, 2020
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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.    ...

NGPF Podcast: Zach Blattner on Best Practices for Teaching Online

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Apr 10, 2020
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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...

NGPF Podcast: NGPF Fellows Joy Tavano, Kerri Herrild and James Redelsheimer on the transition to teaching remotely

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Apr 03, 2020
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Podcasts, Teaching Strategies
After last week's podcast with Brian and Amanda, I reflected on the importance of having educators discuss this transformational change required to teach remotely. NGPF Fellows Joy, Kerri and James were kind enough to take me up on the offer to share their experiences. In this podcast, they share their teaching practices and routines for both synchronous and asynchronous learning, the creative methods for connecting with students and how they are thinking about assessments. Enjoy! Details:...

Co-Creating A FinViz Scavenger Hunt: The Joys of NGPF Virtual PD

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Apr 02, 2020
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Professional Development, Investing, Teaching Strategies
One of the joys of Virtual PDs is unleashing the creativity of educators. During a recent workshop focused on a cool investment visualization, FinViz (tool and activity), teachers came up with questions for a Scavenger Hunt to guide student exploration of this investing tool.  Here's ten of the top-rated questions for this Scavenger Hunt Activity: Find companies that have products that you use on your phone and/or just use their product or service.  Which industry group had the...

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

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Mar 27, 2020
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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...

Your Toolkit for Teaching Remotely

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Mar 24, 2020
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Teaching Strategies, Teaching Remotely
Thanks to Brian Page and Stacey Roshan for collaborating on this one-pager + bonus video to help you transition to teaching remotely.  Here's the conversation that Brian had with edtech pioneer, Stacey Roshan about the keys to connecting with students in a virtual environment: Here's his one-pager which has the following elements: Provides "getting started" tips and the importance of creating routines Highlights tech tools Flipgrid and EdPuzzle while providing a step-by-step...

The Path Forward: NGPF Committed to Supporting Teachers In the Transition to Teaching Remotely

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Mar 23, 2020
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Teaching Strategies, Teaching Remotely
Imagine waking up one morning and learning that the job you have held for 1, 5, 10, 20 or 40 years was fundamentally changing. Oh and you would need to adapt your practices after just two  days of training in these new methods. Also, at the same time you would need to take necessary precautions to protect you and your family's health from a pandemic. Yet, that is where we all stand today.  A monumental challenge for sure but what the NGPF team has seen over the past few weeks has been...

10 Practical Tips for Teaching Remotely

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Mar 22, 2020
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Teaching Strategies, Teaching Remotely
Thank you to Brian Page for sharing his insights after his first week of teaching remotely with his students at Reading High School (Reading, OH). You can also see Brian in a bonus video as part of our documentary project, The Most Important Class You Never Had.  ------------------------------- I just completed my first week of teaching online and I’m anxious to share with others what worked and what didn’t. This is not a curriculum or resource post, but if you’re seeking...

NGPF Documentary: The Most Important Class You Never Had [Updates]

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Mar 20, 2020
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Advocacy, Personal Finance, Teaching Strategies
We've added three bonus videos from Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin which you can find on our documentary webpage that feature these teachers and their students: Brian Page: Reading High School (OH) Joel Chrisler of Sauk Prairie High School (WI) Karsten Walker and Cole Kelley of Alpine School District (UT) Key videos: 36 minute documentary "Most Important Class You Never Had" 90 second student trailer that you can use to promote your program. Student voice is so important! Short trailer to...

Here's what happening in schools...[subject to change]

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Mar 15, 2020
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Teaching Strategies
We asked the FinLit Fanatics group (join this amazing group of 3800+ teachers) a question on Friday and by Sunday evening we had more than 500 responses.  The question: What is the current situation at your school?  Results: School open/no announcement about closing at this time: 35% (189)  School closed/will be closing, Teaching online only: 34% (180) School closed/will be closing; providing no or low-tech assignments AND teaching online: 18% (98) School closed/will be...

NGPF Podcast: Teresa Pelletier describes Fidelity's investments in financial education

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Feb 28, 2020
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Podcasts, Personal Finance, Teaching Strategies
Many know Fidelity as the investing behemoth with 8.3 trillion in assets (source). Yet, if you are an educator in a market where Fidelity has a significant presence, you probably also know them for the excellent PD workshops that they organize. In this podcast, Teresa Pelletier, the senior director of community relations at Fidelity, describes the many programs that Fidelity has to improve financial education in the U.S.. You will learn about the thousands of Fidelity team members who volunteer...

NGPF Podcast: Rob Massimi on the benefits of incorporating personal finance into economics

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Feb 21, 2020
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Economics, Podcasts, Teaching Strategies, Activity
Rob Massimi is one of those teachers that we all remember from high school. High energy, creative, humorous and someone who believes in giving his students agency to drive their own learning. In this podcast, Rob, an Economics teacher at Bronx High School of Science, describes his favorite activity, the Wheat Market game, shares his students' anxieties about money and highlights his approach to teaching investing. It's clear that he's created an Econ course that his students will remember....

Lexile Level Blog Post #3: Unit Tests

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Feb 18, 2020
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Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers
On an online PD recently a teacher asked for the lexile levels of our unit tests, so for this week’s lexile level blog post we are going to analyze SC-1.0 Taxes unit test! Before we dig in, remember that a lexile level is a text’s difficulty for the reader.  Multiple Choice Questions NGPF’s unit tests begin with 25 multiple choice questions. These questions have four possible answer choices and cover the key takeaways from the unit’s lessons. Here is an example of a...