Susanna Pierce McConnell

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Susanna Pierce McConnell
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This webquest allows students to choose a combination of videos, podcasts, and articles to view, listen, or read about. Each one has a connection to the introductory unit in economics, whether it's through scarcity, economic systems, opportunity
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This exercise pushes students to consider the costs and benefits of selecting a career. On the front side, they use marginal analysis for three career options. The back side pushes students to choose a career, based on their analysis using multiple
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This project allows students to dig into a topic of interest deeper to creatively present their findings to their peers. The project can be completed in partners or groups of 3 to 4 if you have larger class. In my previous courses, I had students
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This research assignment is a great inquiry-based task for students in the first unit of economics. In the assignment, students visit the Heritage Foundation's Economic Freedom Index, and analyze the trends of rankings globally. Then, students
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This project allows economics students to work collaboratively and create a product that helps explain the difference between fiscal and monetary policy. What seems to be a complex concept becomes much more coherent and simple, and the process of
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This research assignment can be used in any business/economics or microeconomics classroom for students to investigate the background of a company of choice. The beginning of the handout has students research the history of a company, its beginning,
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This activity can be used to help start your year off with peer to peer conversations and creative thinking. It can appeal to students of all ages from elementary aged students to high school students.
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This activity appeals to intra-personal and analytical learners, as well as artistic students in the classroom. It helps students consider who they are and what they stand for. I have used it both as a back to school activity, and also as an intro
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This activity should be used at the beginning of a course for students to get to know each other. Students get time to fill the sentence stems with their own ideas, and then share the information with a partner in the room. At the end of class, I've
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This activity is entirely student-centered and asks students to consider if hosting the Olympics is a sound economic choice. Using research skills, they ultimately decide whether the benefits outweigh the costs of this decision. In my course,
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This end of year project allows students to creatively and collaboratively explain where economic concepts are found in the real world. Students work in groups to find at least five economic concepts outside of the classroom and present their
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This activity places students in a group to investigate the sustainable development goals and decide which goal to help advance using marginal analysis. Student familiarize themselves with relevant vocabulary (economics, tradeoffs, opportunity
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This inquiry-based project allows students to investigate a topic in government that interests them and find current events connected to this topic. After finding a credible source, they analyze the meaning, make a presentation of their findings,
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This handout can be used for analyzing any text in a high school classroom. The text can be an article, the chapter from a book, or any other media source desired. The handout requires students to find important quotes from the text, to make meaning
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This project can be used at the end of the first Spanish I unit. It allows students to practice writing the date, the weather, the days of the week, and also basic -ar conjugations. Students select a country to travel to, and then create a calendar
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This handout can be used with the Commanding Heights Video Episode 2, posted for FREE on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oykvdDm0qwk It is a great activity to embed into an economics or geography course to see the history behind command
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This activity pushes students to consider the costs and benefits of going to different colleges. The students consider the benefits (amenities, locations, prestige) vs. the costs (tuition, books, loans). On the back, students justify their
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

In my past decade in education, I have served as an AP and IB Social Studies teacher and Spanish teacher in private, public, and magnet schools in the US and abroad. Additionally, I have worked as an educational consultant for the International Baccalaureate, the Asia Society, the Ross Institute, and World Savvy. Through my curriculum development for my students and other institutions, I creatively implement interdisciplinary and globally relevant content for secondary students. I strive to make learning engaging and relevant with a lifelong impact.

MY TEACHING STYLE

As a teacher within a student-centered classroom, I embrace project-based learning and learning driven by student inquiry. I implement activities, discussions, and projects that build critical and creative thinking, and ultimately global empathy and competence. My students describe my classroom teaching as engaging, creative, relevant, and inspiring.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Globalizing the Classroom Fellowship, Harvard University; Hot Topics Writer, Foundation for Teaching Economics; IB Consultant for the Netherlands; Faculty Speaker for Valedictorian; Critical Friends Coach; Council for Economic Education Study Tour to South Africa; Keizai Koho Center Japanese Fellowship; Trinity University MAT Fellowship Recipient; Phi Beta Kappa; Virginia Joiner Outstanding Student in Spanish, 2007

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I attended college at Trinity University where I ran Cross Country and Track and majored in International Economics and Spanish. After undergrad, I received my Masters in Teaching from Trinity's Education Department. Most recently, I completed a Globalizing the Classroom Fellowship with Harvard University's Project Zero and Eurasian Departments.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I enjoy traveling, speaking Spanish, live music, and being in the outdoors.

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