NGPF Fellow Maureen Neuner is consistently in touch with us here at NGPF, which we love love love! Her most recent feedback seemed worth sharing, as it might entice some of you to check out our credit units for use next year. Here’s Maureen’s email [with comments from Jessica in brackets]…
In March, we blogged about a news article profiling NGPF Fellow Amanda Volz’s upcoming “Classroom of the Future” remodel at St. Clair High School in Michigan. If you’re a Facebook user, you can see beautiful pictures of her classroom (and her students in action)! And, now that we’ve announced our Summer Institute participants for 2017, we’re pleased to share classroom pictures from Laurie Gardner’s newly redone Classroom of the Future at Marine City High School. Check out the modern workspaces Amanda and Laurie have designed for their students to learn in:
Andrea Stemper’s one of our NGPF Fellows who integrates personal finance into her economics classes (but not for long — she’s also advocating at her district to make personal finance its own elective course, which we’d LOVE to see happen). Adept at integrating financial capability into econ, Andrea’s written in with this suggestion for a lesson on job prospects and supply & demand:
In case you missed it in late March, NGPF’s diving in deep to spreadsheet work. Read on…
A recent study from Burning Glass Technologies reveals that:
- 78% of middle-skill jobs include spreadsheets as a baseline requirement
- Digitally intensive jobs are growing 2.5 times more rapidly than non-spreadsheet required jobs
- Digitally intensive jobs pay 18% higher than non-digital jobs
Your students need these skills!
THE NGPF SOLUTION
We’re always looking to help, so here’s what we’ve done for you and your students:
- Created a YouTube playlist of 10 How-To videos, each under 5 minutes, teaching your students basic spreadsheet skills
- Categorized 30 NGPF Activities, Projects, and Case Studies that embed spreadsheet skills
- Embedded links directly in each NGPF activity to the coordinating How-To video(s) required to complete the spreadsheet, providing on-demand support for your students who need it. Samples:
We focused on spreadsheets during our March webinar, and you can get all of the archived resources from that PD event here.
Do you LOVE spreadsheets? Wish you could teach more spreadsheets? Need support? Tell us
Today, we’ve got a special treat — a guest blog post AND a teacher-generated resource — straight from NGPF Fellow Sue Suttich of Tigard High School (OR). Read on for a great activity on calculating the true cost of pet ownership!
Each year in my Wealth Management class I have the students make a vision board. We talk about goals and what they want in life. Then they each write some short, medium and long-term goals and turn those goals into a vision board with pictures and prices that match these goals. We share them out in class and discuss how similar and different each person is in class with their “vision” of their life. One thing I noticed is a lot of students want to have a pet some day. But, the price they put down for pet ownership is really unrealistic! So I decided that it was time to make up a lesson where they could do some research on what a pet might really cost them! I shared my lesson with Jessica and she gave some advice and ideas on what else might be added or changed. The result is what looks like a fun, yet
NGPF Fellow Amanda Volz has made her local newspaper yet again, this time for the “Classroom of the Future” she’s designed and will have in place in less than two weeks at St. Clair High School in St. Clair, MI. Though Amanda is certainly an innovative educator across the board, this particular grant she received allowed her to design a new classroom layout, complete with flexible furniture and a “mini business setting.” The new classroom setup will perfectly accompany her use of real world applications, case studies, and simulations — key components of her financial management class.
Check out the article here on The Times Herald. Note that if you squint closely, you can see Amanda was using NGPF’s 1040EZ activity during the photos! AND, note that if you read closely, you’ll see NGPF 2016 Jump$tart Scholarship winner Laurie Gardner (Marine City High School) is ALSO getting a classroom of the future.
Updated: Here’s the proposed layout for Laurie’s new classroom, too — so cool:
NGPF LOVES ambitious educators!
Just a few weeks back, NGPF Fellow Maureen Neuner and I had a great phone conversation (we’re always saying — “Contact us! We love to help!” Maureen can attest it’s true) about the “D” word. DIFFERENTIATION! Love it or hate it, every good teacher’s got to do it, and Maureen and I were discussing specifically how to differentiate in the fin lit classroom.
I spent 4 years teaching algebra and geometry, often to students who really struggled with math, and then I spent another 6 years as a school admin in a school with tons of challenges, so differentiation was always a priority. Here are two ideas I’ve seen work in my own classroom:
- Run 3 table groups simultaneously, with an appropriately leveled activity at each one. The key: Each activity enforces the same learning concepts
- As the teacher, start off sitting with the most struggling group so that you can model as needed and give no one the excuse of not working at all “because I don’t understand.”
- Move on to the middle group to make sure they’re not stuck and struggling too much, and help them with trickier aspects of the activity, or use your time with them to review
Did you know that one of our most popular projects at the moment is Ravioli Den (technically called Joining the Market)? Did you know it is now available in Spanish (Unirse al mercado de valores)? NGPF is in the process of translating some of our best and most-used activities and projects into Spanish, so that teachers with English Language Learners in their classes can further support their students. This month we’re releasing 10 translations on the topics of Saving and Investing.
You can view our growing list of 30 translations here in our Spanish Translations Directory. Is there a topic you’d like us to tackle next? Email Jessica to have your favorite activity or project placed on the list. And to receive an automated email every time new resources are added, join our Spanish Translations mailing list.
Another helpful hint: You’ll know a resource is available in Spanish when you see an (Sp) after its title on our website. ¡Que bueno!