Writing Prompts for Weekly Journaling in Personal Finance

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Jun 11, 2017
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Writing assignment, Question of the Day, Teaching Strategies

Thanks to Brian Page of Reading High School for getting the tweets started and for the multiple contributors to his initial inquiry:

What reflection prompts should be required in a student financial literacy journal, as least weekly?

The responses are rolling in:

  • Brian Page (and NGPF podcast guest)
    • What did you learn that you will put to practice now or in the near future?
    • What tools did you discover that you plan to use now or in the near future?
  • Ron Lieber, NY Times columnist (and NGPF Podcast guest)
    • What was the strongest emotion you had this week relating to money? Could be your spending, saving or giving — or friend/family/govnmt.
  • Pat Page, educator at East Greenwich High School (Rhode Island) and NGPF Podcast guest
    • Another potential prompt: I wish we would spend additional time exploring ___(name one or more concepts) because __________
  • Jackie Prester, educator at Mansfield High School (Massachusetts) and NGPF Podcast guest
    • I regularly ask my students: If we had more time in class, I’d like to know more about _____.
  • Dan Kadlec, author, columnist and founder of Right About Money (and you guessed it, NGPF Podcast guest)
    • Name something you bought with your own money. Are you happy with the purchase? Or do you wish you still had the money to spend?
  • NGPF ideas
    • Identify 1 money decision you made this week (saving, spending or giving). Did you consider alternatives? Would you do something different?
    • What money topic did you discuss with parent/guardian/friend/sibling this week? What did you learn? Encourage conversation. Uncover myths.

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Interested in other writing prompts? Here a few more:

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.