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Writing Prompts for Weekly Journaling in Personal Finance

Thanks to Brian Page of Reading High School for getting the tweets started and for the multiple contributors to his initial inquiry:

What reflection prompts should be required in a student financial literacy journal, as least weekly?

The responses are rolling in:

  • Brian Page (and NGPF podcast guest)
    • What did you learn that you will put to practice now or in the near future?
    • What tools did you discover that you plan to use now or in the near future?

Writer’s Workshop: Write A Letter To A CEO (And Get A Response)

A recent Ron Lieber column in NY Times got me thinking about a useful skill that all young people should have: how to advocate for oneself in a manner that people in power will respond to.

Here’s the crux of his column:

Skill Development: Building Media Literacy Skills

The world of personal finance is constantly changing…the products that students are evaluating today will be different tomorrow…robo-advisers, target date retirement funds, Venmo, mobile banking didn’t exist just a few years ago. This makes media literacy such a critical skill to develop in our students. To become financially capable they will need to be lifelong learners and know what sources to turn to in order to get quality, credible information. Unfortunately, in this era of fake news, this takes practice and a cynical eye.

That’s why this article from Bloomberg (“Read With Caution When There’s Money at Stake”) caught my attention. It highlights three lessons that readers should be aware of when reading the financial press:

By |April 16th, 2017|Article, Ethics, Writing assignment|

Question: What Financial Products Should A Young Person Use To Manage Their Money?

Hanging out on the Boglehead Forum today skimming the topics that have received the most replies. Forums seem so “old school” in this age of social networks (Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat) but the ones that have survived and thrived have done so for a reason. For those not familiar with the Boglehead Forum, the forum is named in honor of John Bogle, founder of Vanguard Investments, and attracts knowledgeable, thrifty investors passionate about sharing their knowledge in a variety of topics. Anytime I descend into the rabbit hole of a forum thread, I find myself wiser for the time invested. Students need to know where to go for reliable, credible sources for financial information.

I thought your students would benefit from this thread titled “College-bound teens and finances,” since it takes a holistic view on how to set up a young person for financial success from a parent’s perspective (other people’s parents which probably helps:) Here was the opening question on the thread: 

Activity Idea: Write a Column About Money To Help Your Peers

This St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter, Jim Gallagher, wrote his final column recently. After twenty three years of being on the personal finance beat, he left a gift to his readers by reflecting on all that he had learned. I thought this would be a great activity for educators who are constantly on the prowl for writing assignment ideas. Why not as a final project have your students write a personal finance column highlighting all that they had learned. In terms of structure, here are some additional ideas:

Question: Experiences or Things? What Do You Enjoy More?


This question seems apropos given the holiday season and is a great discussion starter. Ask your students to think about the 2-3 items that they purchased in the last year that they were (and continue to be) most excited about. Would they be classified as experiences or things?

This very accessible and relatively short (914 words or about 5 minutes) Scientific American article provides some scientific research to support one purchase type over the other (bold type are my own):

It’s Thanksgiving: Time for A Gratitude Activity!

download-2What a great way to ease into the Thanksgiving holiday! See the mini-activity idea below to help students see the benefits of gratitude:

Two psychologists, Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and Dr. Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami, have done much of the research on gratitude. In one study, they asked all participants to write a few sentences each week, focusing on particular topics.

Looking for Writing Prompts? Here’s a Few You Could Use In Your Personal Finance Class!

imagesThe New York Times’ Learning Network posted an ambitious 500 writing prompts (with links to articles) which I skimmed in search of ones to use in your classroom:

Every school day since 2009 we’ve asked students a question based on an article in The New York Times. Now, five years later, we’ve collected 500 of them that invite narrative and personal writing and pulled them all together in one place. Consider it a companion to the list of 200 argumentative writing prompts we posted earlier this year.

Here’s ten focused on money, career and mindsets:

By |October 11th, 2016|Behavioral Finance, Career, Employment, Writing assignment|