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Not Your Typical Professional Athlete’s Financial Situation…

Hat tip to Niko Lillios and Hari for pointing out these articles that don’t adhere to the typical story of the spendthrift professional athlete (as we see in ESPN’s 30 for 30 Broke in the NGPF video Library). We know young people look up to athletes, so how about changing showing some examples of successful athletes with good financial habits, including:

  • Hockey player shares the lessons he learned through his playing career and how he came up with the “Avery Rule” (Players Tribune):
By |June 29th, 2017|Article, Current Events, Video Resource|

Video: What Can An Inmate At San Quentin Teach Us About Personal Finance?

Hat tip to Ren Makino for pointing out this TED video (11:03) that demonstrates how the need for financial education permeates every corner of American society:

Questions:

NGPF’s Top 15 Activities, Courtesy of Jessica Endlich

Given the comprehensive nature of our website (full disclosure: Sometimes I forget that we have certain projects/activities/data crunches/blog posts….), teachers often ask us “OK, but what are the best resources that you can recommend?” At that point, we typically turn to Jessica and she always has a few ideas to recommend. So, this month, we asked Jessica to provide us with her “Best of NGPF” specifically for the last days of school.

The responses we got from teachers was nothing short of ecstatic with lots of exclamation points too! Note the various ways that teachers plan to utilize this list of end-of-year activities:

  • “I LOVE your TOP 15 List!!!   It came at just the right time as my new job has me looking for 4 weeks of FUN, ENGAGING lessons for our new freshmen Business exploratory!! I can’t wait to try ALL of these out!  They seem PERFECT, sparking early interest in our Business courses that are often overlooked!!
  • OMG!  Thank you so much… I must be out of my classroom just one day before the end of the term.  I was having a hard time developing meaningful sub plans so late in the course (and so close to the end of school).  I’m going to watch the “All Time Favorite Video” tonight and create some reflection questions.
 Here are Jessica‘s favorites to fill these last few days before summer break:

Teacher Feedback on our Credit Units — Thanks, Maureen!

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]…


A New Way to Teach Spreadsheets

In case you missed it in late March, NGPF’s diving in deep to spreadsheet work. Read on…

WHY SPREADSHEETS?

A recent study from Burning Glass Technologies reveals that:

  • 78% of middle-skill jobs include spreadsheets as a baseline requirement
  • Digitally intensive jobs are growing 2.5 times more rapidly than non-spreadsheet required jobs
  • Digitally intensive jobs pay 18% higher than non-digital jobs

Your students need these skills!

 

THE NGPF SOLUTION

We’re always looking to help, so here’s what we’ve done for you and your students:

  1. Created a YouTube playlist of 10 How-To videos, each under 5 minutes, teaching your students basic spreadsheet skills
  2. Categorized 30 NGPF Activities, Projects, and Case Studies that embed spreadsheet skills
  3. Embedded links directly in each NGPF activity to the coordinating How-To video(s) required to complete the spreadsheet, providing on-demand support for your students who need it. Samples:

EXTRA SUPPORT

We focused on spreadsheets during our March webinar, and you can get all of the archived resources from that PD event here.

Do you LOVE spreadsheets? Wish you could teach more spreadsheets? Need support? Tell us

Audio Resource: How Does Our Spending Reflect Our Values?

Just done listening to this 28 minute Hidden Brain podcast “Money Talks” which asks such provocative questions such as:

  • Would you buy clothing from a department store if you knew the apparel was made in a sweatshop?
  • If you have a choice between a local coffee shop and a national chain, which would you choose?
  • Does how a company treats its employees (e.g, Uber) or customers (e.g., United) factor into your purchasing decision?

I also learned a new term listening to this podcast:”buycott”, which is the opposite of boycott. You will also hear about some interesting research findings about how ethics play into purchase decisions.

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Podcast: How Does Scarcity (Time, Money, Relationships) Impact Our Brain?

Thanks for my friend Dan Mennel for pointing this podcast out to me: Hidden Brain: Tunnel Vision (Episode 65, 36:34)

What I like about this podcast:

The first fifteen minutes of the podcast deal with the issue of money scarcity and describe how our brains are wired to handle it and how our responses often meet short-term needs at the expense of our long-term goals.

From Hidden Brain website: When you’re hungry, it can be hard to think of anything other than food. When you’re desperately poor, you may constantly worry about making ends meet. When you’re lonely, you might obsess about making friends. This week on Hidden Brain, we explore the psychological phenomenon of scarcity and how it can affect our ability to see the big picture and cope with problems in our lives.

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Resource Lists for Financial Educators (courtesy of Barbara O’Neill of Rutgers Cooperative Extension)

What does a distinguished professor do during her sabbatical? Curate personal finance resources, of course! In this blog post, Barbara O’Neill shares the fruits of her hundreds of hours of labor in putting together three awesome resource lists (see bottom of post for links to her lists), including what what she considered the “best of the best” from the NGPF library. As she describes below, the purpose of her odyssey was to replenish her “well” of creative learning activities. I hope that your “well” overflows as you find resources that will work in your classroom. Thank you Barbara for this tremendous gift to the community! Your commitment and dedication to improving financial literacy in this country inspires us.