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'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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