Here is your Monday digest of NGPF blog posts. 

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (October 26-29)

Posted on October 25, 2020

Here's what teachers are saying about our Virtual PDs:

  • "Honestly, these sessions have all been amazing! I have used so much due to the PDs!"!
  • "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall."
  • "Each time I join the sessions, I come away with new knowledge, insights and ideas on how to use this information with my students."

Certification Course registrations are still open! Be sure to check out the Certification Course page where you can sign up for the new Behavioral Finance course as well as our Credit, Investing, Paying for College, and Taxes courses. 

We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers! Tim's session, Behavioral Finance: Online Shopping, was a hit last week. He's offering it again at 5pm Pacific on both Monday and Wednesday, be sure to register for one!

Virtual Professional Development LIVE!: a one-hour hands-on workshop with multiple opportunities for teacher collaboration. Watch the video explainer here

All times listed below are Pacific Time. 





NEW! Collaboration Series: Podcasts In The Classroom

Posted on October 25, 2020

Educators love collaboration. NGPF Virtual PDs provide perfect opportunities for this to take place. We are starting a new feature in the blog, The Collaboration Series, to share great ideas coming out of NGPF Virtual PDs. One of the powerful engagement tools on Nearpod, the Collaborate Board, provides space for teachers to post ideas to a given prompt. 

Imagine the value of collecting responses from dozens of teachers on implementation strategies for a specific resource in just a matter of minutes. Now imagine each teacher reviewing that list, selecting the 3-4 they like best and then seeing a list sorted by popularity. 

Read this weekly post and you will get implementation ideas on various NGPF resources, strategies to engage your students in a Zoom world and other useful teacher tips.

This week's Collaborate Board was created by a team of teachers at the "Creative Instruction: Podcasts in the Classroom" virtual PD held on Saturday. While close to 50% of the attendees didn't listen to podcasts on a regular basis, after 45 minutes they were excited to weigh in on this question:

What features would you like to see in a podcast product?

Top responses included...

We took a few of these items and created a prototype of a podcast "product." Let us know what you think at


This virtual PD: Podcasts as a Teaching Tool will be repeated on Tuesday, October 27th at 1pm PT. 


 Wondering why more than 5,000 teachers have invested 100,000 hours in NGPF Virtual PD this year? Watch this video and find out! 




Question of the Day (Updated): Which Halloween item do consumers expect to spend the most on in 2020: Decorations, Candy or Costumes?

Posted on October 25, 2020

Answer: Costumes and Decorations are tied at $2.6 billion


  • What are your plans for Halloween this year? How would you/your families spending differ from last year's Halloween? 
  • Which spending category had the sharpest decline in 2020?  
  • Would it surprise you to learn that Halloween is the second most popular holiday in terms of consumer spending? Why do you think it's so popular?

Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.

Behind the numbers (National Retail Federation data and press release); 

Consumer spending is expected to reach $8.05 billion, down slightly from $8.78 billion in 2019, due to the drop in participation. However, consumers are spending more on the activities that will ensure a memorable holiday. Those who are celebrating plan to spend $92.12 on average compared with $86.27 in 2019.


Want to deepen your content knowledge, earn 10 Academy credits and a certification badge? Register for an NGPF Certification Course today! 


 Lots more Questions of the Day here! You will never run out of bell ringers:)


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