Book Reviews of: Teaching Land, Lens of Serendipity & Hacking School Libraries

In the first of my Summer Reading Book Reviews, I review Though the Lens of Serendipity by Allyson Aspey. Teachingland by Amanda Fox and Mary Ellen Weeks and Hacking School Libraries by Kristina A. Holzweiss & Stony Evans. I give all three books 5 Stars and I hope you pick them up for your summer reading. Continue reading Book Reviews of: Teaching Land, Lens of Serendipity & Hacking School Libraries

Rent Vs Own with Google Maps

Hello Everyone,
As we begin the end of the school year, many of us are trying to fit in those final lessons, AP tests and even doing some outlines for next year’s classes. I’m here with a great lesson that worked very well with my Consumer Education students the past two years that I have gradually improved on each semester. This lesson asks the classic question after leaving school and of course working: “Rent vs. Own”.

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T-rex Game Maker Space

Last year, I ran into a problem in my classroom. Our internet was pulled for maintenance just after we had completed a test. I had my entire less thrown out until the following week and we were planning on doing an online car search for their budget projects were about to begin. As a result, I decided to do something different. I activated the T-Rex Google Chrome Game and we did a classroom competition based on Consumer Education Questions we had previously reviewed. It was great fun and gave the students a chance to “unplug” from our digital learning. Later that year I decided to transform that on our feet thinking into a true Maker Space Project.

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The Micro Business Project

As the semester comes to a close, I recently completed one of my favorite projects I do for my Business Basics class. I have students create their own micro business and this ranges from creating their own phone case company to yes, a Taco Truck. I began this last year and it has turned into a favorite for both my students and myself and really brings the semester for to come circle on what they have learned over the semester. So, how does this class project work? Read on.

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