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Laura Overdeck of Bedtime Math Featured in New York Times

bedtime math e1429890151632 Laura Overdeck of Bedtime Math Featured in New York Times

The New York Times in a recent “Close at Hand” article from their Food section, highlighted Bedtime Math’s founder, Laura Overdeck and her practical yet playful approach to teaching children math.

Mrs. Overdeck who holds a BA in Physics from Princeton has been fascinated with figuring out how mechanical appliances work since her youth. Today, she shares her passion for math with children around the country through her non-profit Bedtime Math.

Mrs. Overdeck designed Bedtime Math to be a fun, interactive educational tool that parents can use to teach math and problem solving skills to their children.

Among Bedtime Math’s many great resources for parents is a trilogy of books which use charming illustrations alongside short problem sets that the kids can work on before they go to bed. Each problem set then has three levels of questions designed for different ages: Wee Ones, Little Kids, and Big Kids.

The non-profit has also expanded its list of resources to include problem sets and in-class supplements for teachers to use in the classroom.

The Council for Economic Education is happy to work alongside Mrs. Overdeck and Bedtime Math in raising the standards of education in the U.S. CEE’s vision is for children of all ages to get the “math bug” and begin exploring the many wonderful ways in which math effects every area of their life, whether it is building castles out of LEGOs, designing engines for NASA, or simply getting the right amount of eggs and milk into the cake mix.

 

POSTED: May 29, 2015 | BY: Jonathan Burch | TAGS: , , ,

VOTE for your favorite video from the 2015 National Economics Challenge Finalists!

nec image VOTE for your favorite video from the 2015 National Economics Challenge Finalists!

CEE asked the eight Finalist teams to prepare a video profile that shows who they are as people, students and scholars. Get over to our Facebook page and vote for your favorite team. The team with the most votes will receive a $100 Amazon gift certificate for their school and a $25 iTunes gift card for each student from the team.

VOTE TODAY


The Finalist teams are:

DAVID RICARDO DIVISION
(single semester general economics students)

  • Carmel High School /Carmel, Indiana
  • Charter School of Wilmington / Wilmington, Delaware
  • Homestead High School / Cupertino, California
  • Iolani School / Honolulu, Hawaii

ADAM SMITH DIVISION
(AP, IB and honors students)

  • Carmel High School /Carmel, Indiana
  • The Harker School / San Jose, California
  • Lexington High School / Lexington, Massachusetts
  • Mounds View High School / Arden Hills, Minnesota

 

You can VOTE once each day starting today until Friday, May 22, 5:00pm ET. We’ll announce the winning team on Monday, May 25.

This video contest has no influence on National Economics Challenge testing and judging.

 

POSTED: May 11, 2015 | BY: Jonathan Burch | TAGS: , , , , ,

Lesson 18: Unemployment Survey

Lesson 18 comes from CEE’s newly revised Third Edition of High School Economics. Over the course of twenty-eight lessons the Third Edition addresses the needs of today’s students, urging them to engage with current events.

Martha Rush, a teacher from Mounds View School in Minneapolis Minnesota, demonstrates in this video how to get the most out of Lesson 18: Unemployment Survey.

Lesson 18 objectives:

  • Decide whether a worker is employed, unemployed, or not in the labor force.
  • Calculate the unemployment rate.
  • Identify shortcomings of using the unemployment rate to describe a country’s labor market situation.

Discover more about the Third Edition of High School Economics.

POSTED: March 13, 2015 | BY: Jonathan Burch | TAGS: , , , ,

Video Lesson 13: Who Decides Wage Rates?

Lesson 13: Who Decides Wage Rates is one of twenty-eight lessons from CEE’s Third Edition of High School Economics. The course incorporates hands-on classroom activities with interactive online lesson supplements to give students an immersive education experience.

Scott Bacon of Mt. Pleasant High School in Wilmington Delaware explains how to effectively lead students through Lesson 13′s classroom activities and discussions.

Objectives for Lesson 13:

  • Explain how sellers and buyers of labor interact to determine wage rates for labor.
  • Explain how productivity of workers can impact the ability of workers to earn higher wages.

To learn more about the Third Edition of High School Economics click here.

POSTED: March 6, 2015 | BY: Jonathan Burch | TAGS: , , , , ,

Video Lesson 8: Productivity

Lesson 8: Productivity comes from CEE’s new and revised Third Edition of High School Economics. The course provides teachers with 28 engaging lessons. All lessons have been field-tested and align with the Voluntary National Standards in Economics and Common Core State Standards (ELA and Math).

In this video, watch Andrea Caceres-Santamaria, from Seminole Ridge Community High School, demonstrate how to properly guide a classroom through Lesson 8.

Lesson 8 has three Objectives:

  • Define Labor Productivity as output per worker.
  • Explain how the division of labor and investment in human capital and capital goods improves productivity.
  • Explain why increased productivity is important to the economy and individuals.

Click here to discover more about the Third Edition of High School Economics.

POSTED: March 3, 2015 | BY: Jonathan Burch | TAGS: , , , ,

Financial Literacy’s Importance

Last month The Labor Department reported that unemployment rates have fallen in 42 states–another sign that the overall US economy is making a significant recovery. However, while the current gains in the economy are encouraging, financial literacy still needs to remain a top priority for national and state educators.

Many policy makers and organizations like CEE have been working to educate students about their personal finance for many years. But this last recession seems to have magnified the issue for many Americans.

Read more…

POSTED: February 24, 2015 | BY: Jonathan Burch | TAGS: , , ,

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