It's going to be awhile before I call myself an expert in anything, let alone Economics, but as I educate myself about the concepts I'll be teaching next school year, I'm realizing how the concepts relate and intertwine. I'm actually making connections that I never made when I was learning the same concepts yeeeeears ago.
This helps me build a cohesive Economics unit and challenges me to find ways for my students to make connections, too. Although Economics is only 1 of 6 units in my curriculum next school year, the concepts relate to units that will precede and follow it. The line-up of units is:
The curriculum writing team that I joined a week ago decided on the scope and sequence of the 7th Grade Geography course, and I'm already falling in love with it. I see how important the work will be for us to design units that flow one into the other and connect like chain links. I want my students to walk out of class everyday feeling like we're making connections, one lesson at a time.
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