Educators Blog

8/7/13

With the one hundred and fifty year anniversary of the Civil War upon us, and the anniversary of World War I approaching, teachers across the nation will be educating their students about the triumphs and sacrifices of war. As any good educator knows, it is always important to teach multiple aspects of history, not just the contents of a textbook. This unit plan does just that.

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7/30/13
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

During the Creating Thrift Curriculum Teacher Institute in July, 2013, the winners of the Teaching Thrift Curriculum Development Contest were honored.

Topics: Economics, Education
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7/12/13
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

We just updated our inventory of thrift materials!  It now includes additional primary sources related to Sara Louisa Oberholtzer, the Superintendent of the School Savings Banks. 

Topics: Banking, Economics, Women
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6/13/13
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

The Pennsylvania Task Force on Economic Education and Financial Literacy Education just released a joint report and recommendations with the Departments of Education and Banking & Securities abut the trends and needs in school-based financial education.  While financial literacy and thrift education are not the same, they are closely related.  Sign up NOW for the Franklin's Thrift Summer Institute to discover how you can use thrift lessons as a way to accomplish.financial literacy  Be ahead of the curve!

Topics: Economics, Education
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6/1/13
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

Yes, teachers in the early part of the 1900s sometimes acted as bank tellers gathering deposits of coins from their students!

Topics: Banking, Education, Women
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5/22/13
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

Students often don't see the connections between the past and present.  This blog entry  - from AARP! - actually may provide ideas for teens. 

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5/16/13
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

With the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Gettysburg quickly approaching, HSP has posted a lesson plan which discusses the Battle of Gettysburg, using primary sources from its own archives!

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5/13/13
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

Hit a home run with your students using sports to discuss historical issues!  With baseball season underway and the movie 42 in theaters, it's a great time to use the sports to discuss civil rights.  The story begins before Jackie Robinson was born though.

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4/26/13
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

Philadelphia history can be used by teachers everywhere to explore many aspects of American history:

Topics: Philadelphia
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4/1/13
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

No April's Fool joke:  HSP just launched a new website resource that will be an excellent teaching tool for anyone covering the Depression.  Closed for Business features over 300 primary source documents relating to a bank closure in Philadelphia during that period.

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