Way back in August of 2015 I created what remains one of my favorite projects — “Joining the Market,” also known as “Ravioli Den” among friends. I started off just wanting to create something that simulated the buying and selling of shares, but it rapidly morphed into an awesome, whole-class game that teaches roughly 10 investing concepts in two class periods: It’s truly one of my finest works at NGPF. So, I brag about it all the time, but recently, teachers have written in to rave about Ravioli Den, too.
When you’re selected as an NGPF Summer Institute participant, you not only join us for 3 days in the summer but also commit to being an NGPF Fellow for the following school year. Fellows have a menu of actions they can complete to earn points, with the goal of earning 100 points by the end of the school year and receiving a stipend for their extra efforts. I can say, from our side, the Fellows have been instrumental this school year in shaping what NGPF does, so we love having them!
One of their menu options is generating a guest blog post for our NGPF site, and Maureen decided to write about her Summer Institute (and follow up) experience. Interested in applying? Maureen will likely convince you with the following:
NGPF Fellow Amanda Volz has been teaching for 15 years and is now celebrating her students’ THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR of winning BIG ($20,000 big) in the H&R Block Budget Challenge. Amanda’s students not only benefit from her amazing, innovative teaching style but also from their school’s prioritizing financial literacy enough to offer a full year Financial Management course.
When she was at Summer Institute 2016, NGPF Fellow Sue Suttich told us about the “Cha-Ching” policy she uses in her classroom. Now, as a follow-up, she’s providing all of you with this catchy strategy she implements throughout the year to help her students remember the most important personal finance concepts. Thanks for sharing, Sue!
Two in one week! A second NGPF Fellow, Charles Kafoglis, has submitted a guest blog spot, and we’re happy to have it. Charles is a teacher at an all-girls Catholic school in Houston, TX — Incarnate Word Academy — and they’ve got a really unique leadership model that weaves throughout their entire school culture and course curricula. Charles shares that outlook, as it pertains to the personal finance class he teaches, as well as two interesting videos, in the guest post below:
It’s a special occasion here on the NGPF blog — a guest piece by NGPF Fellow Amy McCabe! We know that hearing from us is one thing, but hearing from a fellow teacher, who’s in the classroom day in and day out, is a whole different ballgame! Amy’s an economics and personal finance educator at Culpepper County High School in VA, and sends along this review…
You know we here at NGPF are always happy to help, which is why we didn’t think twice about responding to a unique email we received through our website. Dorothy was trying to solve a problem involving her church group: It’s got members who have joined at various points, anywhere from the past year to being a charter, founding member of the organization. They wanted to buy funeral flowers, as the members pass away, at varying price points based on length of membership. Dorothy turned to NGPF for a solution for keeping account of these flower purchases.
Now, this is not typically the type of support NGPF is in the business of offering, but, as mentioned before, we love to help! So, I created a quick spreadsheet so that Dorothy and her group can track their funeral flower spending. I love spreadsheets, so it was a perfect project for a Friday morning!
And, it ties in nicely to a little teaser promo here — NGPF surveyed earlier this year about spreadsheet usage in your classrooms, and we’ve identified it as an area where teens (and some teachers) could use a little support. That’s why one of our focuses for Spring semester will
I meant to strike while the iron was hot, while this NY Times article, I’m 29 and I never learned how money works. It’s time to fix that., was all over my social media feed in mid-October. Whelp — It’s 7 weeks later, and here I am. Better late than never I suppose (that’s why Tim is the master blogger around NGPF, not me).
I like that the article exists, but I don’t like the idea of just giving it to my (hypothetical) students to read. It covers FAR too many topics in too much detail to be a concentrated “intro to personal finance,” and it seems silly to have your students read and take notes on it if they’ve never learned any of this stuff before (how will they even know what is “important?) or if they’ve learned it all before (why are they taking notes if they already know all this?). So, what would picky Jessica do with this awesome article? Here are a few of my ideas:
- Pull out the questions (sometimes they have follow-up questions embedded), and use it as a pre-test at the beginning of the term and a post-test at the end. Of