Category: Teaching Strategies

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...

What are my options for using the Exit Tickets?

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Feb 06, 2019
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PRO Tip from NGPF, Teaching Strategies
THE PROBLEM: I'm thinking about using the lesson plans in your Semester Course, but I don't understand why the Exit Ticket is offered in so many formats. What's up?   THE ANSWER: Watch this short video to hear Jessica's PRO Tips on effectively using Exit Tickets. Want to receive a weekly PRO Tip to your inbox? Sign up here. ...

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...