Jun 11, 2017

Writing Prompts for Weekly Journaling in Personal Finance

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.


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.

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