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Re: [Channel-talkeconomics] Reply to David and all new teachers

From: David Gavron <David.Gavron@wayland.k12.ma.us>
Date: Tue Jul 18 2006 - 14:02:16 EDT
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Hi Alicia,

Thank you so much for the feedback and recommendations! Your suggestions
should prove to be very helpful! I am contacting my department head to
purchase the CD. The NCEE site looks very helpful! This is a place I will have
to investigate further.

We do have a state Economics association. My colleague introduced me to it
last year.

The Stock Market game was a good experience last fall. I feel that I will be a
bit more competent with it next time around. Do you have any lessons that you
use to enhance the simulation?

Thanks for sharing with me!

Take care,


>===== Original Message From "Alicia Ross" <aliciar@echoes.net> =====
>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
>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!!

David Gavron

Wayland High School Social Studies Department

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