Category: Teaching Strategies

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
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
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
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
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...

Tech Tool Review: Closed Captioning in Google Slides

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Jan 30, 2020
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Teaching Strategies
NGPF Fellow Tara Kelly (Harwood Union High School, VT) provides this great overview of how to use closed captioning for google slides in your classroom. ---------------------- Name of the Tool: Closed Caption for Google Slides Cost: Free with Google Slides Use Case:  This tool allows presentations using google slides to be closed captioned by using the computer’s microphone or an external microphone paired with the computer.  The captions will auto-generate anything in the range...

End of Course Student Surveys: Capturing The Magic That Occurs in Personal Finance Classes

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Jan 22, 2020
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Teaching Strategies, Advocacy
Ever wonder that students think are the most important skills they picked up in your classroom? An End-of-Course survey can be a great way to see what "stuck" in your students' minds. Thanks to NGPF Fellow Sue Suttich for sharing the results from her student survey (here's a template that you can use for your End-of-Course Student Survey): Here's a few themes that came out of it: What's important and useful to students can be very different on student-by-student basis due to their...

A Reflection on Teaching and Learning, According to My 5-Year-Old

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Jan 21, 2020
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Teaching Strategies
My oldest daughter is in Transitional Kindergarten, a class full of five-year-olds with fall birthdays who were too young to start actual kindergarten in September. Each day this week, when I picked her up from extended care, she hit me with some new details of their learning about Martin Luther King Jr -- timely, with the holiday approaching and all. Now, I haven't requested to view any lesson plans or asked the teacher for details about learning objectives so I can't tell if the students...

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...