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Re: [Channel-talkeconomics] The Econ Discussion

From: Lynn Saxton <lsaxton@warsaw.k12.ny.us>
Date: Thu Jul 12 2007 - 19:26:04 EDT
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I just watched episode 4. Do you use a Stock Market Simulation? Which one do you use? Do you give your students extension materials to make choosing stocks easier?

I was reading Time magazine or something last year and read about the "Fantasy Congress" - like Fantasy Football, except you put together a team of congressmen and women. I plan to try it out this summer as a potential game for my PIG class. Here's the link: http://www.fantasycongress.com/


>>> "Alicia Ross" <aliciar@echoes.net> 07/12/07 5:52 PM >>>
Yep, that's the course. I am leaving this coming Wednesday to work on the
ABA National Online Youth Summit. This year's topic is environmental law.
Ths past year it was Immigration and the Law. If you are looking for
something challenging and in depth for your students, the online summit
might be something to look into.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Lynn Saxton" <lsaxton@warsaw.k12.ny.us>
To: <aliciar@echoes.net>
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2007 4:07 PM
Subject: Re: The Econ Discussion

Thanks, Alicia - I'll look for a copy of The Words We Live By! Was the
course you took "Making Civics Real"? I signed up for that one.

>>> "Alicia Ross" <aliciar@echoes.net> 07/12/07 4:00 PM >>>
The Virtual Economics CD is fantastic! It has loads of lesson plans and
concept videos. I have used their publications for years, especially
Capstone. I think every new Economics teacher should have that CD.
Our classes are 48 minutes long and I have college prep, general, and then a
dual enrollment course that allows students to earn college credit. That is
specifically Macoeconomics.
The first half of the year I do teach American Government. Some students
also take this for high school and college credit and then there are my
college prep and general courses. I took another Colorado State course last
year that had a lot of great teaching ideas.
If you don't already own The Words We Live By by Linda Monk, this is a must
have for government teachers. It is an annotated guide to the Constitution
with high interest and meaningful notes on every part of the Constitution. I
also give each student a pocket Constitution that they can highlight and
write notes in the margins throughout the semester. I allow them to use
their own pocket Constitution on quizzes and tests. I keep a little basket
of highlighters on my desk and kids can grab one. The emphasis here is that
the Constitution is a living document that students can actively engage.
Have a great day,
----- Original Message -----
From: "Lynn Saxton" <lsaxton@warsaw.k12.ny.us>
To: <kmtrent@bellsouth.net>; <aliciar@echoes.net>;
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2007 12:47 PM
Subject: Re: The Econ Discussion

We have 42 minute class periods, although we are talking about going to a
block schedule. I believe they are thinking about 60 minute periods. I
also plan to teach life skills as I think these are very important,
especially in today's world with the amount of debt most consumers hold.
Understanding credit cards I think will be a very important lesson.

I have a CD my daughter gave me; she was a librarian in a Mississippi school
the last few years (although she has now moved to Massachusetts). The
Mississippi Education Department distributed CDs from the National Council
on Economic Education called "Virtual Economics" that have many lessons from
Capstone and other sources. I have not yet had time to look through it
much. I hope to get the basic planning for Economics down this summer and I
am sure I will be using many of these lessons.

I have been watching the news and reading with an eye to "Economic
Mysteries", and I found one in Time Magazine; why are many states rejecting
gay marriage yet allowing gay adoption? The answer would deal with the
scarcity of adoptive parents, and we could extend the lesson by discussing
the effect this might have on public sentiments about gay marriage. Here in
New York, Econ is a half-year course for seniors; the other half of the year
they take Participation in Government (fondly called "PIG"). I can see ways
to overlap the two by using Econ to discuss public policy and PIG to show
government decisions using Economic decision-making.


>>> "Karyn Trent" <kmtrent@bellsouth.net> 07/12/07 11:23 AM >>>
Hi Lynn
I found several of the simulations in the videos very interesting also. I
have searched for some resources and have found that the Capstone Guide, the
Economics in Action and Focus:High School Economics have similar
simulations. I got these books last year and used a few of them and the
kids actually loved them. By all means they are not exactly the same but
follow the same ideas. These books have simulations that address the
standards well.

How are your classes set up? We are on block scheduling. I have 3 classes
each semester and each last 90 minutes. I find it difficult in holding the
kids attention to Economics the entire time so I include several life skills
into the lesson. I teach checkbooking, and budgeting; career information,
financial aid for college, job interview skills and resume development; and
Consumer Skills. Depending on how much time you have in class these are
things that kids just do not learn at home anymore.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Lynn Saxton" <lsaxton@warsaw.k12.ny.us>
To: <kmtrent@bellsouth.net>
Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2007 5:13 PM
Subject: Re: The Econ Discussion

Hi Karyn,
I think we have similarly sized schools. We have around 600 in the
Middle/High School; most classes are under 100. I've watched the first two
videos so far and I love the simulations. I will be teaching Economics this
fall for the first time in years and do not consider myself an expert!
However, I am somewhat familiar with the "Handy Dandy Guide" etc. from a
workshop I took years ago.

I'd love any ideas as I am totally revamping the current Econ curriculum.
We are pretty free to teach whatever we like in Economics but of course
there are certain standards that must be met.

Hoping to hear from you soon,
Lynn Saxton
Warsaw Central School
Warsaw, NY

>>> "Karyn Trent" <kmtrent@bellsouth.net> 07/11/07 11:59 AM >>>
I receive some information through the Channel-talkeconomics and saw the
message you listed. I am not taking the course but I am viewing the videos.
I am the only Econ teacher in my district and I have been searching for some
feedback or workshops on Economics. I ran across this video series and
decided to take a look. I would love to discuss procedures and standards
with you and maybe swap ideas.
Karyn Trent
Hancock County High School
Sneedville, TN

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