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Re: [Channel-talkeconomics] The Econ Discussion

From: Karyn Trent <kmtrent@bellsouth.net>
Date: Fri Jul 13 2007 - 10:08:56 EDT
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2900.3138

Thanks I will definitely check it out. I have not gotten brave enough to do
the Stock Market Game in full force (actual competition) with the kids. We
do cover the material but it is difficult to get the game in with everything
else. When it comes to choosing stocks I let them choose things that they
are interested in. They do choose some winners.

By the way, my background in Economics is just 6 years of teaching. However
I have taught 15 years. My first 9 years was teaching kindergarten. Not
much difference by the way. I am certified for k-12 and due to budget cuts
(staff cuts) it was necessary for me to move to the high school. I feel
like I am brand new to the area but have learned a lot on my own.

Karyn

----- Original Message -----
From: "Lynn Saxton" <lsaxton@warsaw.k12.ny.us>
To: <aliciar@echoes.net>; <channel-talkeconomics@learner.org>
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2007 7:26 PM
Subject: Re: [Channel-talkeconomics] The Econ Discussion

> Alicia,
> 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/
>
> Lynn
>
>>>> "Alicia Ross" <aliciar@echoes.net> 07/12/07 5:52 PM >>>
> Lynn,
> 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.
> Alicia
> ----- 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.
> Lynn
>
>>>> "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,
> Alicia
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Lynn Saxton" <lsaxton@warsaw.k12.ny.us>
> To: <kmtrent@bellsouth.net>; <aliciar@echoes.net>;
> <channel-talkeconomics@learner.org>
> 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.
>
> Lynn
>
>>>> "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.
>
> Karyn
> ----- 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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