Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

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Connecting to Your Teaching

Image of a notebook with the following text displayed: Reflect: As you reflect on these questions, jot down your responses or discuss them in a group.

Reflecting on Your Practice

  • How do you determine which concepts are most worthy of review after an extended period of instruction?
  • What methods do you find most effective in turning a review into an opportunity for new learning?
  • How do you evaluate students' understanding of economic concepts?
  • How do you keep a review of material from throughout the year or semester from being overwhelming to students?
  • How do you motivate students during a review session?

Taking It Back to Your Classroom

  • Find a news story that relates to a particular economic concept studied in class. After analyzing the article, ask students to bring in articles that illustrate other economic concepts they have studied.
  • Conduct a review of key concepts studied over a span of time. Ask students to think about which concepts in the completed unit deserved thorough review, and ask them to propose related dilemmas from current events.
  • Visit a Web site to experience a dilemma online. For example, in The Shell Island Dilemma, users examine the social, political, economic, and scientific issues involved in protecting a seaside resort from coastal erosion. Primary documents, the actual court ruling, and photographs are provided.
  • Plan a unit review that will cover concepts students have studied, encourage new thinking, and allow students to apply their knowledge to realistic situations.

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