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Workshops and Activities

Energy, Economics, and the Environment

This course provides graduate training to K-12 teachers. Its purpose is (1) to provide a basic literacy of fundamental economic concepts, energy, and environmental issues and (2) to develop methods to integrate economics, particularly related to energy and the environment into the K-12 curriculum in order to achieve Indiana academic standards. the course focuses on key economic concepts; the production , distribution, and use of energy; government regulation and public policy; pollution and other environmental issues; local waterways ; and creative methods for integrating economics and environmental issues into K-12 curriculum. this course includes guest speakers from education, industry, government, and non-profit organizations. this course requires field trips and the development of a curriculum unit that integrates economics, energy and the environment. this course is sponsored by the Indiana council for economic education and American Electronic Power. 

Financial Literacy for Life

This workshop instructs teachers on the Financial fitness for life curriculum. this creative and effective curriculum can be used at any grade level, helping students become better financial decision makers. the nationally renowned curriculum focuses on educating students about personal finance including spending, saving borrowing, and investing. Four levels of the curriculum are available: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. This Curriculum includes extensive resources including teacher guides, student activity books, parent guides, and an interactive CD. 

Indiana Stock Market Simulation

This workshop instructs teachers on using the Indiana Stock Market Simulation in the classroom or as an extracurricular activity. Using actual data from the stock markets, teams of students are given a hypothetical $ 100,000 to create and manage a portfolio of stocks and mutual funds. before they know it, students are learning about financial markets such as the New York Stock Exchange, understanding the basics of personal investing and enhancing skills learning in math, reading, and technology.

Candy Economics

This workshop instructs teachers on a creative way to teach economics using a uniquely designed thematic curriculum, Candy Economics. this extensive curriculum integrates basic economic concepts with language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. this workshop is typically held at the South Bend Chocolate Factory, providing a hands-on, fun-filled experience.

Mini Economy

The Classroom Mini-Economy, developed by the Indiana Department of Education and adopted by the National Council on Economic Education, is a hands-on form of instruction that prepares students to function in today's rapidly changing and independent society. Students experience entrepreneurship and real life by operating their own classroom economy. this workshop instructs teachers on basic economic concepts and how to creatively integrate this effective curriculum throughout their curriculum.  

Playdough Economics

The unique feature of Playdough economics is the use of modeling clay, which provides motivation through a concrete learning experience. The lessons are activity-oriented simulations which stress an inductive approach to learning, whereby students derive an understanding of the concepts from examples and data generated in the simulations. this workshop instructs teachers on using Playdough Economics in the classroom.

Teaching Economics Using Children's Literature

This workshop instructs teachers on basic economic concepts, the importance of economics in everyday life, and how to creatively and effectively teach economics using children's literature. This workshop focuses on efficiently teaching economics using sound pedagogy through literature and developing practical lessons that can be easily integrated into one's curriculum.