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NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To NGPF’s Jessica Endlich About How To Teach Investing In 2 Hours

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We like to try different things at NGPF so this week we decided to take a new tack with the podcast and use it to discuss a recent lesson we created, “Teach Investing in 2 Hours.” The lesson’s title matches its goal to teach students in a compressed time frame enough so that they could confidently make a wise choice for their 401(k) (or other retirement) plan. We have heard time and again from educators that investing is the most difficult topic for them to teach their students. The seemingly innumerable investing options (where do I start and end?), the confusing jargon (how do I explain a P/E ratio to a novice investor?) and the lack of experience (I need to be able to manage my own investments before I can teach others) all hinder their performance. With the world moving away from defined benefit plans (pensions) toward DIY  or defined contribution plans, young people need to understand that their investment choices will impact their options, such as when they will be able to retire. We had fun developing this lesson and hope this podcast piques your interest enough to try

By |March 7th, 2017|Investing, Lesson Idea, Podcasts|

Implementing “COMPARE: Making Credit Decisions” Amanda Volz-style

NGPF Fellow Amanda Volz took a fairly basic activity from our bank — COMPARE: Making Credit Decisions — and made it her own. Now, she’s sharing the strategy, guaranteed to liven up your classroom, with you. As an added bonus, the activity she’s referring to is now available in Spanish, too, so some of your English Language Learners can participate fully in this discussion-based fun. Read on for Amanda’s guest blog post…

By |February 20th, 2017|Activity, Credit Cards, Lesson Idea, NGPF Fellows|

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Blended Learning Aficionado Steve Penley

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Thanks to Steve Penley of Waubonsie Valley High School (Aurora, Illinois) for coming on the NGPF podcast recently. Steve came to our attention through his participation in the NGPF Professional Learning Communities (PLC) program that Jessica (from NGPF) facilitates. In Jessica’s words, “Steve provides tons of great feedback to other participants and stays abreast of new technologies and tools which is incredibly valuable to the group.” In this podcast, Steve shares the reasons that he participates in PLCs, as well as his insights on how to run a blended learning classroom along with his favorite lesson. He will also tell you about a few of his favorite online resources and tech tools. Enjoy!

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Lesson: What If You Only Had An Hour To Convince Your Students to Save?

Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to get back into the classroom at Eastside Prep in East Palo Alto, California (where I came up with the idea for Next Gen Personal Finance). We’re teaching seniors all they need to know about personal finance over 6 weeks (24 hours of content) including lessons on savings and checking accounts, taxes, budgeting and investing. We’ll be releasing this 24 hour curriculum later this spring to help those educators who only have a limited time to spend on personal finance.

Our first savings lesson focused on four learning objectives:

  • Importance of saving
  • Power of compound interest
  • Understanding different types of savings accounts
  • How to make saving automatic

Here is a summary of this lesson which will be part of a 24 hour curriculum that Sonia is currently packaging and will release later this spring. I provide this summary in case you are teaching savings now and looking for some ideas to supplement what you are currently doing:

By |January 29th, 2017|Activities, compound interest, Lesson Idea, Savings, Teaching Strategies|

Guest Blog from Sue Suttich: “401(k) = Cha Ching!”

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!

Amy McCabe, NGPF Fellow, recommends 2 game platforms — Kahoot and Quizizz

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…

Interactive: How Long Are You Going to Live?

Nice question to get your students engaged in your lesson about saving for retirement. Here’s an interactive from the Actuaries Longevity Illustrator to help answer that question. I created two fictitious high school students, Bill Bradley and Samantha Taggart to demonstrate a potential mini-activity:

Question: How Do You Decode A Financial Aid Award Letter?

Hat tip to NGPF Fellow Charles Kafoglis for pointing to this resource at FinancialAidLetter.com (and thanks to my friend Kim Clark for producing it!). This site decodes financial aid award letters from six colleges and grades each one based on their level of transparency. Here is an example on how they decoded one of these letters: