Before You Watch
Respond to the following questions:
- What are some economic principles or concepts that you teach (or could teach) in your curriculum?
- What concepts have you taught using hands-on activities? What are the challenges and benefits of this teaching strategy?
- How do you assess students' understanding when using hands-on activities?
Watch the Video
As you watch "Making Bread Together," take notes on Ms. Gonzalez's instructional strategies, especially how she breaks down abstract concepts. Write down what you find interesting, surprising, or especially important about the teaching and learning in this lesson.
Reflecting on the Video
Review your notes, then respond to the following questions:
- What struck you about the classroom climate, background, preparation, strategies, and materials used in this lesson?
- How has Ms. Gonzalez prepared her students for the bread-making activity in the video?
- How does Ms. Gonzalez deal with any misconceptions her students have?
- How does Ms. Gonzalez use stories, role playing, and examples to illustrate economic concepts?
- How does Ms. Gonzalez assess students' understanding of the concepts presented in the lesson?
- Consider the ways in which this class is different from yours. What activities and concepts might you introduce in your own teaching?
Let's take a second look at Ms. Gonzalez's class to focus on specific teaching strategies. Use the video images below to locate where to begin viewing.