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:
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.
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?”
Whether you consider it a gift for the holidays, a final for this semester, a pre-test for next term, or just a really awesome set of 50 questions, our Full Course Assessment is ready to go.
- 50 easy-to-grade questions. Most are multiple-choice with a few true/false, ranking, and multiple-answers as well.
- They cover all 11 units of our NGPF Personal Finance curriculum (checking, saving, credit cards, credit scores, paying for college, budgeting, investing, financial pitfalls, career, taxes, and insurance).
- A single question may cover multiple topics, mimicking the complex decision-making often needed in the real world of personal finance.
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.
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: