The answer might surprise you:
NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Micro-Lending Aficionado, Kristen Goggin of Town School For Boys (San Francisco, CA)
I enjoyed my recent conversation with Kristen Goggin, a 6th grade math teacher at the Town School for Boys in San Francisco, California. Laura Matchett, our director of teacher engagement, “discovered” Kristen who had penned an article about the innovative approach she used in her classroom to develop students who think globally. Find out how she uses the micro-lending website, Kiva, as the centerpiece for her unit that develops entrepreneurial skills as well as empathy for entrepreneurs in other countries (did I mention math skills, too?). Her students use profits that they generate from their own companies to provide loans to start-ups thousands of miles away. Listen to this podcast and find creative ideas that you can use in your classroom too! Enjoy!
- 0:00~0:58 – Introduction
- 0:58~2:28 – What Kristen does during her free time
- 2:28~3:37 – Kristen’s day job
- 3:37~6:52 – Micro-lending project
- 6:52~16:35 – How the project works
- 16:35~19:05 – Business ideas developed by students
Catching up on my reading this week perusing personal finance articles, blogs, newsletters. Here’s what looks interesting:
- I enjoyed contributing to this story by Kathleen Lynn (Bright) whose title “Teaching Personal Finance In The Age of Venmo” highlights the need to update how we teach young people about money.
- Dan Kadlec in Right About Money uses the recent ransomware hack to make the point (confirmed by research) that the financially astute are often more prone to falling for financial scams.
Neat interactive from Flowing Data demonstrating the importance of education when it comes to income for young people (18-34):
Students can toggle between 1966 and 2016 to see how the median as well as the dispersion of wages changes over this fifty year period.
Investors loved the IPO (shares shot up from IPO price of $17 to $29 at one point on the first day of trading) but when it came time to announce their first quarterly results as a public company, well….I will let the chart from YahooFinance do the talking:
Ben Carlson, a blogger, titled a recent blog post on this disappointment: A Good Lesson For Millennial Investors. So, what did it teach them?
From Korn Ferry International, the highest paying fields among the 25 they analyzed were:
As in years past, those entering Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers can expect to garner the best starting salaries. The five highest-paying fields of the 25 jobs in the analysis include:
- Software Developer $65,232 (31 percent above average)
- Engineer $63,036 (27 percent above average)
- Actuary $59,212 (19 percent above average)
- Scientist/researcher $58,733 (18 percent above average)
- Environmental Professional $56,660 (14 percent above average)
Wondering what the average was for the Class of 2017?
Questions (Note: Students should also read the Quartz article which will help in answering the questions):
Here’s a fun and quick interactive from NY Times to get your students thinking about the pervasiveness of technology companies in their lives. Students are forced to rank order the importance of the top five tech companies in their lives by selecting the order by which they would give them up (if forced by an evil monarch:) The five companies: Alphabet (Google is one of their subsidiaries), Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft (interesting that three start with the letter “A”).