[Channel-talkeconomics] Reply to David and all new teachers
My advice is to get a copy from NCEE of their CD "Virtual Economics". I just received mine. The cost is $99 but I put it on materials order for the school year. It has a huge database of their lesson plans (1200!). I have copies of their books "Capstone", "Focus on Economics", "Economic Mysteries" and a few others, but those are the big three! The CD is a place where all these lessons are.
The other thing I would tell you to do is to find out where the Economic Education Center is for your area. I am in Northeastern Pennsylvania and our is at the University of Scranton. When I was hired for the position I am now in (Senior Government/Economics Teacher), I contacted Dr. Scahill at the University through email and if memory serves I did that right from either the NCEE site or Pennsylvania Economics site. I made an appointment and he gave me many free materials to get started and spent a few hours with me that day. I have gone back to the University for many great inservices sponspored by Pennsylvania Economics people. Your own state should have their own sort of branch of the NCEE and whenever you see a workshop or inservice put on by them, by all means attend. They are very pragmatic and you get lots of free materials that you can immediately implement.
The last one attended was this spring and it was on Global Economics. We actually did the "Why People Trade" lesson plan that you see in Workshop #1. I end my course with a unit on Global Trade and I did this lesson plan for the first time. The kids loved it! I always tweak the lesson plans to make them fit my kids. I would also advise you to make yourself available for Federal Reserve education trainings--I attended two last summer put on by the Federal Reserve of Philadelphia and did two of the great simulations we did there.
The other thing I would say is not to underestimate the power of these lessons. I teach Honors, College Prep, and General Economics. Because I use a lot of simulations, I get great response from the General Ed students. I have about 15 teams in the Stock Market Game every spring (another great activity) and this year my top team was from my General class and they ended the game with about $125,000 and got to go to the University of Scranton for an awards ceremony. I think that general ed kids almost benefit more from simulations and other "learning by doing" strategies and they will respect you for putting the time and effort into making your class more interesting.
I would also tell you that the laminator is your friend when it comes to these plans!! When you come across a lesson plan with lots of "parts" that require copying and cutting out. make different colored copies for different parts of the game and laminate those sheets. When I do this for the first time, I get some kids in my study hall to help me cut and organize game or simulation peices. These simulations require a fair amount of set up work and if you can laminate these things, it will save you a lot of time next year.
I have completed most of this workshop and I have to tell you that taking this course is a great start and I am already thinking of new things to and ways to enhance what I am already doing. I also took "Making Civics Real" and that was awesome!
Good Luck this year!!
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