Re: [Channel-talkcivics] Making Civics Real
From: Lynn Saxton <email@example.com>
Date: Mon Aug 20 2007 - 14:01:05 EDT
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I just finished lesson 3 and was very impressed with Ms. Martin's lesson on the Federal Budget. Her students were very engaged in the process of creating their own budgets. They took it very seriously and brought so many great varied opinions, for the most part well-thought out. I also very much liked that she had students role-play the Senators in the final budget presentations - what a great way to also gain familiarity with the points of view of some of the real Congressmen and to see the interplay between the Executive and Legislative Branches over the process of allocating funds. I'm wondering with these lessons how long their class periods are - do they have block scheduling? I also have noticed that most of these so far dealt with honors students or students in magnet schools. My students will be a general population - all students in New York must take PIG and Economics - and in fact, the upper level students will probably be siphoned off to the college credit course in Government. I feel that
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