The primary purposes of economic education are to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills they need to make personal economic decisions and to participate in the process of social decision making. Competent economic decision making depends on an understanding of economic principles and how the American economy operates.
The workshop introduces basic economic concepts to K-6 teachers and helps them to integrate these concepts into their current curriculum. Introducing economics into the elementary curriculum will help all students develop economic ways of thinking and problem solving skills that they can use in their lives as consumers, savers, members of the workforce, responsible citizens, and effective participants in the global economy.
The workshop will be organized around both K-6 Indiana Academic Standards and the National Content Standards in Economics. Economic concepts will be introduce using grade specific economic curriculum and lesson plans developed by the National and Indiana Councils on Economic Education and the Indiana Dept. of Education. Participants will have access to a wealth of course materials and will develop their own curriculum units for teaching economic concepts in the classroom.
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. By organizing heir own economy, students learn economic concepts, money management, and decision-making skills. Students also experience entrepreneurship and real life by operating their own classroom businesses.
The curriculum shows teachers how to implement the mini-economy in their classrooms with an advanced section dedicated to middle school classes. It also includes an Economic Primer for Teachers, Reproducible Mini-Economy Aids, and Student Worksheets.