These guys are goodA few years ago the Professional Golf Association came up with a great commercial series that ended with the phrase “These guys are good.” Basic premise? You might play a great game of golf but PGA players are a cut above your average hack. I’m feeling like the average hack this morning!

Two, count ’em, two Teachers of the Year in my building today. Brian Richter, a history and economics teacher at Sterling High School, is the 2006 Kansas Economics Teacher of the Year. Keil Hileman, a social studies teacher at Monticello Trails Middle School, is the 2004 Kansas Teacher of the Year and National Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist. I’m learning my butt off today!

Brian hard at work on the fifth core principleBrian focused on basic economic theory and how teachers can use the six coreAfternoon sessions including brainstorming principles to engage kids in all social studies areas. His group spent time answering such questions as “Why do most drug dealers live with their moms” (from Freakonomics) and trying to find places to put new school buildings. Some seriously cool stuff!

Keil's got tons of stuff to shareKeil spent his day working with a group of teachers interested in online paper Some student samplesmodels and how to get kids messing with high level content through their use. Part of the day focused on the appropriate use of video clips and movies to engage kids, create curiosity and meet standards.

Just a couple of tidbits from the day:

  • When you think about it, the K-12 educational system may be the best example of communism around.
  • People gain when they trade voluntarily. So I started thinking – What do kids trade when they come to school? Do they voluntarily trade their time? What do they gain or lose?
  • Even grownups like to cut and color.
  • There’s tons of resources out there to help teachers. Just a few:
  1. Paper Toys
  2. Teaching with Movies
  3. National Council for Economic Education
  4. Kansas Council for Economic Education
  5. Hot Shot Business
  6. Find more at the Social Studies Central Econ workshop page

What did you learn today?