Aug 04, 2022

5 Tips to Implement NGPF's Semester, Trimester, and Full-Year Courses

[Updated 8/4/23]


NGPF offers three, fully built out personal finance courses for high school students - the Semester Course, the Trimester Course, and the Full-Year Course. Wondering how to use them effectively? Read more below to discover 5 tips on how to do so! 


1: Use the whole course OR select units 

Both the Semester Course and Trimester Course follow a scope and sequence that the NGPF Curriculum Team laid out when developing the curriculum. That being said, you may wish to pick and choose select units from the course or even switch them around to an order that makes most sense for you and your students. 

The Full-Year Course does not follow a specific scope and sequence, so you can arrange the units to an order that makes sense for you. 

Note: We will be updating the Full-Year Course later in the '23-'24 school year to align with the Semester and Trimester Courses. Stay updated via the NGPF Blog


2: Trim down or build up a lesson

You may find that NGPF lessons are too long or too short for your class period. If they’re too long, you simply want to trim down the lesson by eliminating pieces of it. If they’re too short, you want to extend the lesson by supplementing the existing content with other NGPF curriculum. 

Luckily, we’ve created an easy-to-use guide that provides suggestions on how to trim down or build up an NGPF lesson! 


3: Vary your implementation and pedagogical strategies 

While each NGPF lesson comes with a Student Activity Packet that you can distribute to students, we highly recommend that you avoid using the packet on a daily basis. Why? Because no one likes completing worksheet after worksheet! Instead, change up your implementation strategies. Here are a few to consider: 

  • Spend most of your class time on the engaging activities (already embedded in each lesson guide) – NGPF Arcade games, MOVE activities, and FinCap Fridays are student favorites! 
  • Vary between independent, pair, and small group work time 
  • Consider when to require written answers and when discussion will suffice
  • Break the activity packets into stations, jigsaws, gallery walks, pair-shares, and more

Want to see how expert NGPF teachers implement the lessons and Student Activity Packets? Read through this collection of ideas we gathered at an NGPF conference! 


4: Use NGPF Assessments

You can formatively and summatively assess your students using NGPF’s ready-made assessments for all three courses! 

  • Use the Diagnostic Exam at the start of your course to assess what student's existing knowledge is. At the end of the course, use the Final exam to understand how much students have learned! 
  • At the end of each unit, use the Unit Test to assess students' knowledge on that topic
  • Finally, each lesson concludes with an Exit Ticket that has three, multiple-choice questions that you can use to check for student understanding


5: Engage students with Nearpod

If you’re looking for a way to vary up your implementation or are in a flipped or hybrid classroom, use NGPF’s Nearpod decks! These decks utilize Nearpod’s features to create an engaging learning experience for your students. 

Nearpod decks are available for the Semester CourseTrimester Course, and Mini-Units


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About the Author

Sonia Dalal

Sonia has always been passionate about instruction and improving students' learning experiences. She's come a long way since her days as a first grader, when she would "teach" music and read to her very attentive stuffed animals after school. Since then, she has taught students as a K-12 tutor, worked in several EdTech startups in the Bay Area, and completed her Ed.M in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is passionate about bringing the high quality personal finance content and instruction she wished she'd received in school to the next generation of students and educators. When she isn't crafting lesson guides or working with teachers, Sonia loves to spend her time singing, being outdoors, and adventuring with family and friends!

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