Professional Development

Effective Professional Development via CEE’s State Council and Centers

By: Marc A. JohnsonEducation Program Director, Colorado Council for Economic Education

Professional development (PD) for teachers has sometimes been characterized as unappreciated and ineffective. Those of us who have taught long enough can certainly recall mandated PD experiences that were less than engaging, uninspiring and downright tedious.

But it’s unfair to apply that broad brush to all PD. In our experience, both as recipients and deliverers of workshops and seminars from our respective state councils for economic education, PD can be stimulating and rewarding for teachers and have a strong chance of leading to greater student achievement.

Among the deliverers of PD in economics and/or personal finance, state councils and centers seem to be best suited to provide the best opportunities for teachers. The model varies from state to state, but there are commonalities. Most can boast a stable of credible academics whose guidance can be relied on by teachers – they can take this stuff back into their classrooms with great confidence in the integrity of the message. Second, most workshops help teachers with the pedagogy. Classes/workshops are generally infused with exemplary demonstrations of methods – often by mentor teachers who show us the best ways to teach this stuff to kids. Finally, most PD from state councils and centers includes excellent resources, often provided from the vast library of carefully developed and well-vetted lessons from the national Council for Economic Education.

It’s this three-tiered construction of PD – expertise, pedagogy and resources – that make targeted, customized PD by centers and councils for economic education well worth their while. Individual teachers, departments, schools and school districts would be well-advised to seek out their state councils/centers and explore the possibilities of participating in high quality, efficacious PD in economics and/or personal finance.

To learn more about your local state councils/centers visit: http://councilforeconed.org/resources/local-affiliates

 

POSTED: February 10, 2016 | BY: April Somboun | TAGS: , , , ,

Lynda Motiram from Old Mill High School on Using Graph Relay Races

CEE’s Blog Series on Teaching Techniques delivers teaching ‘best practices’ from practitioners in the field. These K-12 teachers from all over the United States present their proven tactics and techniques that keep their students interested and engaged in learning economics and personal finance concepts and lessons. Part 6 of 8.

Lynda Motiram from Old Mill High School in Millersville, Maryland, adopted graph relays as a classroom activity that quickly became a favorite tool for reinforcing economic concepts. Ms. Motiram recommends this easy-preparation activity to keep your class engaged by working and collaborating in group and using board work to reinforce the lessons. For Ms. Motiram, one of the best outcomes is seeing students that are struggling with the lecture grasp the concepts when using the graph relay.

Stay tuned for the next edition of CEE’s new Blog Series, Teaching Techniques: Classroom Innovation on Economic Education on August 20th.

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Florence Falatko from Cromwell Valley Elementary on Teaching Outside of the Classroom

CEE’s Blog Series on Teaching Techniques delivers teaching ‘best practices’ from practitioners in the field. These K-12 teachers from all over the United States present their proven tactics and techniques that keep their students interested and engaged in learning economics and personal finance concepts and lessons. Part 4 of 8.

Florence Falatko from Cromwell Valley Elementary Regional Magnet School of Technology in Towson, Maryland, teaches 5th graders that are motivated and excited to learn about economics in and out of the classroom. Ms. Falatko has found innovation with Edmodo, a web platform administered by the teacher, where students can discuss and collaborate on projects in addition to communicating with their teacher during off hours. The result? Students leave Ms. Falatko’s economics class with a thorough understanding of financial literacy as they go forward for the rest of their education.

Stay tuned for the next edition of CEE’s new Blog Series, Teaching Techniques: Classroom Innovation on Economic Education on August 6th

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Jean McKnight from Cienega High School, Arizona on Tech for Teachers

CEE’s new Blog Series on Teaching Techniques delivers teaching ‘best practices’ from practitioners in the field. These K-12 teachers from all over the United States present their proven tactics and techniques that keep their students interested and engaged in learning economics and personal finance concepts and lessons. Part 1 of 8.

Jean McKnight from Cienega High School in Tuscon, Arizona, has discovered that her freshman class, armed with laptops in hand, is more likely to be engaged in learning if they can combine learning with being on the computer. Apps, websites, and videos bring economic concepts to light for her high school students and spark a love of learning that wasn’t there before.


Also of interest… check out “Tech for Teachers” presentation by CEE’s Director of Educational Technology, John LeFeber found on EconEdLink, here.

Stay tuned for the next edition of CEE’s new Blog Series, Teaching Techniques: Classroom Innovation on Economic Education on July 16th, 2014.

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Teaching Techniques: Classroom Innovation on Economic Education

What better source is there to learn from than straight from teachers in the trenches?

CEE’s new Blog Series on Teaching Techniques delivers teaching ‘best practices’ from practitioners in the field. These K-12 teachers from all over the United States present their proven tactics and techniques that keep their students interested and engaged in learning economics and personal finance concepts and lessons.

This summer, we will share some tips and ideas from the following teachers:

  • Jean McKnight from Cienega High School, Arizona on Tech for Teachers
  • Dr. Sonia Noyola from Collegiate High School, Texas on Using Film to Teach Economics
  • Jennifer O’Neil from Concord High School, Delaware on Economics and Entrepreneurship
  • Florence Falatko from Cromwell Valley Elementary Regional Magnet School of Technology, Maryland on Teaching Outside of the Classroom
  • Judy Kraus from Hyde Park Middle School, Nevada on Financing for College and Beyond
  • Lynda Motiram from Old Mill High School, Maryland on Using Graph Relay Races
  • Mary Neely from Orchard Grove Elementary, Maryland on Combining Music and Economics
  • Lisa Bender from Southern Garret High School, Maryland on Having a Digital Classroom

Stay tuned…CEE’s new Blog Series, Teaching Techniques: Classroom Innovation on Economic Education, begins July 9, 2014.

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