What I know about economics and personal finance? Think of the smallest possible measuring container and what I know about economics and personal finance would probably come close to filling that container.
Think of that Sam Cooke song – “Don’t Know Much About History.” Replace history with economics. That’s me.
I never had an official econ course in my life. Yeah. I know. If it makes you feel better, I have had some economics workshops and I know a lot of very smart economics people. (Looking at you Brian Richter.)
So this morning was a huge learning opportunity for me. Angela Howdeshell from the Kansas Council for Economics Education spent two hours with our social studies PLC group.
Angela shared all sorts of great ideas and free goodies with teachers. She highlighted some of the handy stuff on both the KCEE site as well as the national economics site.
And she shared a site I hadn’t seen before. Read more
Google probably doesn’t need my help selling any of its products. But I usually end up sounding like an intern from the marketing department at least once a week. I love their stuff.
I especially love Google Earth.
And the more I travel around, the more I discover that many social studies teachers are not fully aware of the different ways Google Earth can save their bacon. As in, engaging and useful teaching strategies that are aligned to Common Core Literacy and College, Career, and Civic Life standards.
So today? Five awesome ways to use Google Earth in your classroom: Read more
The new buzz word in social studies instruction?
Okay. Yes. It’s two words but it’s still pretty buzzy. The idea of historical thinking has been hanging around as part of social studies instruction for a long time. But it’s sort of been like that weird second cousin who shows up at family reunions that no one really talks to. We haven’t been paying much attention to it.
But with new state standards and Common Core literacy stuff, not to mention the soon to be released C3 standards, historical thinking is back where it really belongs. As the central part of everything we do. And because it’s been at weird second cousin status for so long, many teachers don’t have a ton of historical thinking resources.
So today . . . three sweet web sites that provide primary source raw data and lesson plans / resources that support historical thinking skills. Read more
It’s the middle of June.
I’m guessing most of you are not missing your classroom yet. But if you’re like most teachers, eventually you’ll need a history fix. You’ll need to start planning for next fall. You’ll need to pick up a book or a journal to learn something new.
And when you do, come back here because here’s the link you need: Read more