Apr 01, 2019
Question of the Day, Paying for College, Student Loans, Video Resource
Answer: Level of student debt
What's your biggest concern about applying for college or as you think about your post-high school plans?
Why do you think that student loan debt is such a concern for so many?
Do you know anyone who has a lot of student debt? How are they managing it?
Do you think it is worth it to take on debt for college? Why or why not?
Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.
Mar 20, 2019
Video Resource, Credit Cards, Financial Scams, Compound Interest, Investing, Stocks
I wanted to share some cool new videos that we have come across in our travels:
Three Psychological Tricks to Help You Save Money (TED Talks; 5 minutes); hat tip to Yanely for connecting us to Wendy; hope to have her on podcast in the future.
Backgrounder on the Payday Lending industry (PBS NewsHour; 4 minutes); good opportunity to discuss the financial pitfalls of payday lending, it's fee structure and the role of regulation in consumer protection.
Mar 15, 2019
Video Resource, Advocacy, NGPF Fellows
Lots of great news stories recently highlighting the work of FinHeroes across the country...
NGPF Fellow James Redelsheimer of Robbinsdale Armstrong High School (MN) featured in "Armstrong teacher offers up financial advice"
NGPF Summit Attendees Jill Hughes (2018) and Laura Schoenicke (2018, 2019) Menomonee Falls High School (WI) featured in "Students Learn How To Manage Finances."
NGPF Summit 2019 attendee Jake Richards of Lakeland Union High School (WI) featured in...
Feb 17, 2019
Advertising, Video Resource, Budgeting, Behavioral Finance
Do you follow influencers on any of the social media platforms?
What makes you decide whether to follow a specific influencer?
Have you ever bought anything that an influencer recommended on social media? Explain.
Why do you think that influencers are more effective than traditional advertising?
Question of the Day; A YouTuber with over 1.4 million views a month can expect to earn about _____________ in...
Jan 03, 2019
Video Resource, Budgeting, Behavioral Finance, Financial Scams, Mortgages, Paying for College
PBS Two Cents made a big splash on the scene in 2018. Philip Olson and Julia Lorenz-Olson create engaging videos that do a great job explaining personal finance concepts in ways that your students will understand. We added several of their videos to our video library and you can also hear their story on the NGPF Podcast.
I reached out to Philip today and he was kind enough to share the "top 5" videos he and Julia produced in 2018 (based on Facebook and YouTube views). Beth has also created...
Dec 27, 2018
Behavioral Finance, Video Resource, Compound Interest, Credit Scores, Paying for College, Budgeting
Looking for videos to supplement your existing lessons? Here's a few of teacher favorites as measured by click data in our Video Library.
Drumroll please...top 10 picks for 2018:
10. The Pain of Paying from Dan Ariely of Duke University
9. Fighting the Financial Pitfalls of the Supermarket from PBS Digital's Two Cents
8. What's A Credit Score? from Kal Penn Explains
7.Why We Crave What's Cool from PBS NewsHour
6. Can I Afford It? from CNBC
5. Battle Between Your Present and Future Self from...
Dec 11, 2018
NGPF Fellows, Video Resource, EdPuzzle Thursday
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 James Redelsheimer of Robbinsdale Armstrong High School in Plymouth, MN. Here's what James has to say...
Tech Tool: EDpuzzle
Cost: 20 Videos Free, Pro Teacher comes with unlimited videos for...
Dec 06, 2018
Career, Video Resource, Employment
PBS NewsHour has been running an excellent series this week titled the Future of Work. These should be mandatory in high schools across America to help students grasp the changing world of work that they will be stepping into after high school, college or graduate school. For each of these 7-8 minute videos, we developed a set of questions to spark the conversation.
In rural Appalachia, can health care become the new coal?
Why is the need for improved medical care so...
Nov 26, 2018
Retirement, Index Funds, Video Resource, Investing, Savings
Looking for ways to get your students thinking about retirement? Introduce them to the F.I.R.E. Movement! That is the Financial Independence Retire Early Movement.
Why do I think this movement is important:
It's a counter-narrative to our consumerist society by focusing on extreme savings. We read so many stories about maxed out credit cards, why not expose your students to tales of young people saving 60-70% of their income?
It helps students understand the concept of passive income and...
Jun 21, 2018
Behavioral Finance, Video Resource, Investing, Advertising, Financial Scams
I was just introduced to this National Geographic TV show called Brain Games. We watched an episode today and I am hooked. What makes it compelling? It requires active participation on the part of the viewer and provides a heavy dose of behavioral finance. I am queuing up this list to binge watch one lazy summer afternoon (does that exist?), but thought I would share ahead of this weekend in case someone else :) was motivated to send me a few discussion questions (firstname.lastname@example.org) that they would...
May 14, 2018
Video Resource, Stocks, Mutual Funds, Entrepreneurship, Budgeting, Index Funds, Career
Since posting the first Digging Deeper on the PBS Series, a few new videos have been released. That post seemed to be well received, so I thought I would review the new videos and post suggested questions and NGPF related links to save you a little time at the end of the school year!!! As I mentioned before, there is a place on the Facebook page for the Two Cents video series for you to give feedback to Julia and Philip if you have big questions that you would like for them to...
Apr 15, 2018
Taxes, Video Resource
Here are three videos (with three questions for each) that do a good job of engaging your students with a "not so easy to engage" topic:
PBS 2 Cents Project: How do your tax dollars get spent? [4:34]
What is the FICA tax that gets deducted from your paycheck?
How do today's tax rates compare with tax rates over the last 100 years?
What are the three largest items that get paid from federal income taxes?
Hear Philip and Julia, producers of 2 Cents, on this NGPF Podcast
Apr 13, 2018
Podcasts, Behavioral Finance, Video Resource, Taxes
Julia Lorenz-Olson and Philip Olson are two self-described theater kids who gradually got interested in finance (something about being a starving artist). This interest mushroomed into a career switch and ultimately to them starting their own fee-based financial planning firm, The Art of Finance. What caught our attention recently, however, was their weekly show about personal finance for millennials and Gen Z on PBS, Two Cents. This series has rocketed up the charts with their first ...
Mar 28, 2018
Three videos that have caught my attention recently:
Bond market explainer (from Marketplace): In this brief 1:34 video, Kai Rysdall describes in plain English what the government bond market is and what it can tell us about the economy.
In your own words, what is the bond market?
What signals does the bond market provide about the overall economy?
How does inflation affect the value of bond investments?
This 5:00+ video starts with a question "Where are all the billionaires?"...
Mar 27, 2018
Investing, Employment, Career, Video Resource, Checking Accounts, Chart of the Week
We are getting close to the end of the month, so I thought I would highlight most popular seven posts this month:
Question of the Day: What Percent of 15 Year Olds Have Bank Accounts?
Video Resources: How To Be A Better Team Member
Interactive: How Many Years Do You Have Left to Live?; will make the discussion about retirement that much more engaging for young people.
Chart of the Week: How Do People Spend Their Money?
Question of the Day: What's the Average Number of Emails Received Daily By...