Teaching US Government

Our US Government teachers are discussing what to do next year 

Imageas we go 1:1, especially what do we do about textbooks?  After some mining and sifting, I created this resource site for teaching US Government complete with online textbooks, reference materials, primary sources, multimedia resources, and additional internet tools. Perhaps you or someone you know will be able to benefit from it too.

The Stock Market Crashes (in 1929)

In my first year of teaching, when I got to the point of the Crash of ’29,¬†


one of my colleagues shared this stock market simulation with me. A couple of days ago, one of my colleagues 

was looking for my set of the simulation’s cards and I worried that the directions were lost. A quick Google search for “Stock Market Durant Motors Kroger Foods” brought up the directions, handouts and all. ¬†Why share a no-tech simulation on a tech blog? Because the simulation is timeless and technology helped me find the details again. (I also downloaded the pdf for safe keeping!)¬†

I hope history/econ students you know can enjoy the simulation too.

(The photo shows the floor of the Stock Exchange just after the Crash of 1929, thank you to the Hoover Presidential Library for posting the image!)

Legislative Branch Vocabulary

Our Social Studies department is debating the future use of textbooks in US Government.

ImageCould they effectively be replaced by free materials on the web? With that discussion on deck and the fact that I am currently teaching the Legislative Branch, I was very excited to find this Congressional Terms Glossary¬†connected to The Capitol Net.¬†I look forward to using it with my students (we don’t use a textbook much already) and sharing it with my colleagues.