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What A ‘Modern Classroom’ Looks Like, & How NGPF Can Help

I’ve got such a backlog of “things I’d like to read” that I started putting 3 per week on my “to do” list and “assigning” the readings to myself. This article from EdSurge made its way into last week’s reading list — What Does a ‘Modern Classroom’ Look Like — and What Should Educators Leave Behind? While I’m not sure I agree 100% with ALL of their ideas, the introductory questions answered by the panel of “experts” had me thinking — NGPF has this! NGPF does this! NGPF is this! — over and over again. Here are a few excerpts:

By |February 9th, 2017|Activities, Featured NGPF Lesson, Teaching Strategies|

Students & Teachers LOVE Ravioli Den!

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.

By |February 1st, 2017|Activities, Featured NGPF Lesson, Investing|

Evolution of a Case Study or Why We Love Feedback!


At NGPF, we’re always signing off newsletters, product launches, and emails with some rendition of “Let us know how it goes in your classroom! We love feedback!” Here’s a little story highlighting why we crave feedback so much:

By |March 17th, 2016|Budgeting, Case Study, Featured NGPF Lesson, Savings|

Day 6 of the 24 Hour Personal Finance Course: Savings in 90 Minutes

Here was the Savings Lesson delivered yesterday as part of the 24 Hour Personal Finance Course NGPF is teaching at Eastside Prep.

Key learning objectives:

  • Importance of starting to save when you are young (i.e. the power of compound interest)
  • Understanding the psychological barriers to saving and how they can be overcome


  1. Opened with 4 Poll Everywhere questions to gauge student experience with saving
  • Have you ever saved? 95% said Yes
  • What is balance in savings account?
  • What’s the most important thing that you are saving for?
    • Highlighted importance of having a saving goal (almost 40% didn’t have one)
    • Importance of saving for college: Dollar saved is dollar that you don’t need to borrow

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  • Word cloud; first word that pops into your head regarding Saving?
    • Had students discuss the negative terms they associated with saving: limited, broke, bills along with the positive
    • Clearly means a lot of different things to different people

Introducing… Comprehension Questions for Unit 3 (Types of Credit)

First, for those who have clicked over from our emailed product release, here’s the promised ONE STOP SHOP FOR THE COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

If you didn’t receive our email (Why aren’t you on our mailing list??? Sign up at the bottom of this page!) read on…

On occasion, teachers who have found our lesson guides on our website have emailed to ask, “So, it says #13-17 are assessment questions, but I don’t see those anywhere. How do I access those questions?”

Quick & Easy Credit Scores Lesson

We’ve got a new product release planned for next week, so that deadline should have all of my attention right now, but instead I got sidetracked by something the Philadelphia Fed featured on Twitter. Imagine that — Twitter distracted me from work…

Anyway, in case you teach personal finance and also got caught up on social media instead of lesson planning, my Thursday gift to you: a Quick & Easy Lesson on Credit Scores.

2 New Lessons: Retirement & College Budgeting

We’re always excited to generate new content for teachers to use, and we’ve got two outstanding new lessons for you this week.

Investing for Retirement

First, if you use our Investing for Retirement lesson, your students will learn about Social Security, pensions, 401(k)s, Roth IRAs, and Traditional IRAs. More importantly, they’ll leave understanding why they need to start saving for retirement ASAP! What to look out for:

Next Gen has a PROJECT BANK!

Our September product releases just keep on rolling with our latest feature — the Next Gen Personal Finance Project Bank! This is a convenient way to spice up your personal finance curriculum with some engaging, in-depth work for your students. To jump right in, click the link above.