Monday, October 22, 2018

Celebrating 50 econlife Lessons!


On October 24, 2018, izzit.org celebrates the 50th econlife current events article shared through our daily current events program.  Teacher and author Elaine Schwartz frames economics in a manner that middle and high school students can relate to as a means of encouraging them to think about economics in their daily lives.  izzit.org is proud to partner with Elaine to bring this valuable resource to our teachers & their students.


Articles from econlife began appearing on in izzit.org’s daily current events program in the fall of 2017.  Articles included such topics as why mac and cheese prices vary, how the market prices Taylor Swift tickets, an honor system in place for the sale of eggs, and a mysterious toilet paper shortage in Taiwan.  Links to econlife’s website and social medial are included, as well, so students and teachers may review additional content beyond the one article and activity provided each week.

Elaine Schwartz brings her vast knowledge of economics to students by employing a writing style that aligns with middle and high school student’s daily lives to connect ordinary events and items to market dynamics.  The writing level is typically around a 7.5 on the Readability Scale, with a range between 6 and 9.  The articles are rich in graphics, including tables, charts, and graphs that lend themselves to subject areas like science, humanities, critical thinking, and math.


Discussion questions and activities accompany each article, so teachers can plan an entire period around an article and activity or incorporate articles into other lessons.  With 50 articles to date, teachers can use a current article, search our archive of articles, and/or jump to econlife’s website to view other articles (although only izzit.org has articles and activities). 

We hope you’ve enjoyed econlife thus far and ask that you continue to use current events – ours and econlife’s – as part of your lesson plans.  We look forward to another 50 articles and more from econlife.

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Ideal for the classroom, econlife.com reflects Elaine Schwartz’s work as a teacher and a writer. As a teacher at the Kent Place School in Summit, NJ, she’s been an Endowed Chair in Economics and chaired the history department. She’s developed curricula, was a featured teacher in the Annenberg/CPB video project “The Economics Classroom,” and has written several books including Econ 101 ½ (Avon Books/Harper Collins). You can get econlife on a daily basis! Head to econlife.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

AMLE 2018....Here We Come!!!

Who's going to the AMLE 45th Annual Conference for Middle Level Education this year? 

We will be at booth 206! Make sure you stop by and get a free DVD, say hi 👋 & play Plinko to win prizes!!

🗓️ Oct. 25-27, 2018
🗺️ Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

NEW RELEASE - Outside the Box from izzit.org

NEW RELEASE

Don’t ask me what I am. Ask me who I am.

Imagine trying to register your child for school and being forced to reduce a complex racial ancestry to one checkbox… 

Eli Steele just wants to register his son Jack for kindergarten. He has no idea the journey this will begin, or the questions it will lead to. 

They have a complex family history. Son of slaves. Daughter of the revolution. Holocaust survivors. Interracial marriage pioneers in an era of segregation and discrimination. 

Jack and his younger sister June have an even more complicated ancestry when you consider their mother’s heritage – a Mormon settler and Mexican immigrant. 

So when Eli is required to reduce Jack to a single checkmark in front of a race box…it doesn’t sit well with him. 

Explore Eli, Jack, and June’s powerful story of individuality vs. group identity. 

Do you fit inside a box? 

Adapted from the award-winning documentary, How Jack Became Black.

Find out in Outside the Box here.