NGPF Fellow Maureen Neuner is consistently in touch with us here at NGPF, which we love love love! Her most recent feedback seemed worth sharing, as it might entice some of you to check out our credit units for use next year. Here’s Maureen’s email [with comments from Jessica in brackets]…
In March, we blogged about a news article profiling NGPF Fellow Amanda Volz’s upcoming “Classroom of the Future” remodel at St. Clair High School in Michigan. If you’re a Facebook user, you can see beautiful pictures of her classroom (and her students in action)! And, now that we’ve announced our Summer Institute participants for 2017, we’re pleased to share classroom pictures from Laurie Gardner’s newly redone Classroom of the Future at Marine City High School. Check out the modern workspaces Amanda and Laurie have designed for their students to learn in:
Andrea Stemper’s one of our NGPF Fellows who integrates personal finance into her economics classes (but not for long — she’s also advocating at her district to make personal finance its own elective course, which we’d LOVE to see happen). Adept at integrating financial capability into econ, Andrea’s written in with this suggestion for a lesson on job prospects and supply & demand:
Today, we’ve got a special treat — a guest blog post AND a teacher-generated resource — straight from NGPF Fellow Sue Suttich of Tigard High School (OR). Read on for a great activity on calculating the true cost of pet ownership!
Each year in my Wealth Management class I have the students make a vision board. We talk about goals and what they want in life. Then they each write some short, medium and long-term goals and turn those goals into a vision board with pictures and prices that match these goals. We share them out in class and discuss how similar and different each person is in class with their “vision” of their life. One thing I noticed is a lot of students want to have a pet some day. But, the price they put down for pet ownership is really unrealistic! So I decided that it was time to make up a lesson where they could do some research on what a pet might really cost them! I shared my lesson with Jessica and she gave some advice and ideas on what else might be added or changed. The result is what looks like a fun, yet
Thanks to Amy McCabe for taking the time to participate in this recent NGPF Podcast. I got to know Amy during our inaugural Summer Institute in 2016 and was struck by her passion for teaching and for ensuring her students get the skills they need to succeed in their financial lives. In this podcast, you will learn from Amy what it’s like to teach in a state with a personal finance mandate. She discusses her approach to teaching challenging topics, such as investing and insurance and how she injects story-telling into her lessons. You will also discover what Amy bought for $10 recently that brought great joy into her life. Enjoy!
NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Passionate and Creative Educator, Andrea Stemper of Palmer High School (CO)
Thanks to Andrea Stemper of Palmer High School in Colorado Springs for the great conversation that we had recently. I got to know Andrea last summer at the inaugural NGPF Summer Institute. I was impressed by her passion and creativity as she shared lots of great activity ideas that she developed for her students. In fact, we turned one of those ideas into an activity “Let’s Make A Mutual Fund” for our new Teach Investing in Two Hours lesson (see Resource #7 for the activity). In this podcast, you will hear Andrea’s process for developing new projects, how she has advocated for financial education in her community and the message she would like for her all of her students to walk away with after taking her course. Enjoy!
NGPF Fellow Amanda Volz has made her local newspaper yet again, this time for the “Classroom of the Future” she’s designed and will have in place in less than two weeks at St. Clair High School in St. Clair, MI. Though Amanda is certainly an innovative educator across the board, this particular grant she received allowed her to design a new classroom layout, complete with flexible furniture and a “mini business setting.” The new classroom setup will perfectly accompany her use of real world applications, case studies, and simulations — key components of her financial management class.
Check out the article here on The Times Herald. Note that if you squint closely, you can see Amanda was using NGPF’s 1040EZ activity during the photos! AND, note that if you read closely, you’ll see NGPF 2016 Jump$tart Scholarship winner Laurie Gardner (Marine City High School) is ALSO getting a classroom of the future.
Updated: Here’s the proposed layout for Laurie’s new classroom, too — so cool:
NGPF LOVES ambitious educators!
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…