Aug 26, 2018
Teaching Strategies

Here's A Community You Want to Join: FinLit Fanatics!

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 closed group open only to teachers and you can join here

Why is it so good?

  • It's large: Over 6,000 and growing...
  • It's responsive: Many questions receive 30-50 responses - this is a community that likes to contribute!
  • It's only teachers: Enough said!

Here are just a few of the more popular queries:

  • What do you do on the first day of classes to get your students excited about Fin Lit? Any great ideas to share for first day activities? (or one of the first days depending on school required class meetings, etc..) [50 comments]
  • I’m looking to add a non-fiction book (not a textbook) to my personal finance curriculum. Does anyone have a good suggestion for a book that students would find engaging? [33 comments]
  • Question for folks who have taught the NGPF semester course: this is my first time with this curriculum and I would like suggestions on how or what you do for grading. Do you give points for all the activities? Do you weight class work vs tests? I see a lot of assignments and don’t want to end up in grading dungeon. Please share how you handle it. [24 comments]
  • Greetings to all, hope everyone had a great summer! I wanted to inquire if anyone has had experience with an investing club at your school or district? It would be for high school level. I have some students that want to start up a club this year and was looking for any help, suggestions, feedback on how to get something like this up and running. Thanks in advance on any collaboration! [13 comments in the first 4 hours]

Join the FinLit Fanatics community today by clicking here

About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

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