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Members of the NGPF community have already proven themselves to be amongst the most thoughtful, passionate, and innovative personal finance teachers out there. We decided that to create an opportunity for you to collaborate directly colleagues across the country to further hone your craft and collaborate. This professional development opportunity is FREE. Keep reading below for reactions from teachers!
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Teacher Activities from Previous PLCs
The following teacher submissions are not meant to represent “perfect projects” but rather represent a CELEBRATION of teacher growth, collaboration, and passion for their profession. And, they’re awesome projects!
Mutual Fund Research
Forest Hills Northern, Grand Rapids, MI
Understanding mutual funds is key, and Brian's activity has the students do online research about a fund of their choice. As a result of the PLC, his activity went from reporting basic facts to reporting the facts AND analyzing through a set of follow-up questions.
Research Your Own College
Fairbanks High School, Milford Center, OH
Laura used an NGPF activity for inspiration and created this opportunity for students to research prospective colleges using the College Navigator tool. As a result of the PLC, her new worksheet layout enables a side-by-side-by-side comparison.
Buying Your Own Car
Johnston High School, Johnston, IA
Kayla's project teaches students the process for buying a new car by utilizing a lot of online tools and websites. By participating in the PLC, her project got a modern update for 2017, easy-to-ready formatting, and a few content upgrades. It's a really great project!
Buying a Vehicle
South Burlington High School, South Burlington, VT
Lynn distributes random profiles to her students, and in that role they choose a vehicle to purchase, working through the cost of financing, insurance, operating the vehicle, etc. It was a great assignment already, and she really refined it in the PLC.
FICO Credit Scores
Pinelands Regional Junior High School, Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Maureen adapted and greatly expanded an NGPF activity to create a comprehensive packet of work on credit scores to use with her 9th graders.
Using the Bankrate.com Calculators
East High School, Cheyenne, WY
Students read a series of vignettes and then use the calculators provided at Bankrate.com to answer questions and make decisions.
East High School, Cheyenne, WY
Jill runs an impressive semester-long program linking student behaviors to dollar amounts and requiring them to keep a check book register to manage their funds. They can even invest their money!
Kelly Walsh High School, Casper, WY
Jill's fortunate enough to have a great partnership with a local college, which is willing to have all her students visit their offices and conduct a mock interview. Even if you don't have a community partnership, her interview questions and score sheet could work in your classroom.
St. Clair High School, St. Clair, MI
Student chooses a publicly traded company and their partner chooses a direct competitor. Then, it's up to each student to research their company and convince the class, via presentation, that theirs is the better investment.