Best Practices in Teaching Economics Application

The Purposes of the Best Practices Award Program

• To stimulate creativity and innovation in economic education teaching practices.
• To encourage educators to develop descriptions of their successful teaching practices.
• To recognize outstanding educators who effectively teach economic education principles.
• To encourage replication of successful teaching by fostering a widening and continuing exchange of ideas in economic education among educators throughout Mississippi in every level of education.

Criteria

An award-winning entry will:

• Demonstrate standards based knowledge of economics appropriate to the grade level or course being taught.
• Support increased student achievement and growth in economic understanding and knowledge.

Awards Structure

Up to three awards may be given in each division:

Senior High (grades 9-12)
Intermediate/Middle (grades 6-8)
Primary (grades K-5)
• First place – $300
• Second place – $200
• Third place – $100

In addition to the cash prize, each winner will receive an inscribed award and will be recognized in statewide media and honored during the MCEE Annual Awards Luncheon.

Eligibility and Rules

• All K-12 certified teachers from public, private or parochial schools may enter.
• No more than three teachers may form a team.
• Educators may only enter the grade category in which they teach or have significant responsibilities.
• The entry must be the teacher’s or team’s own work. All references and resources used must be cited. Adaptation of another’s work must be indicated.
• The instructional program or activity must have been taught within August 1, 2014 – March 31, 2016.
• The entry must be submitted online by April 15, 2016.
• Eligible teachers are limited to one entry per year. Award winning entries from previous years’ competitions may be revised and re-taught for submission. Previous first place or category winning entries may not be resubmitted.
• All entries and accompanying materials become the property of the Mississippi Council on Economic Education and may be disseminated to educators throughout the state and included on the MCEE website.

Entry Format

Text must be 12 point type, double-spaced, on 8.5 x 11 inch document submitted as a pdf file. The official application form must be completed in its entirety. Photos and videos may be included in the submission. Videos may also be sent as email attachments. Entries that do not follow this format will not be considered.

 

Part 1. Abstract (1 page) (15%)

Provide a concise overview of the project that explains the academic contact, the skills, and student outcomes. Discuss the major outcomes of the instruction and its impact on the students. Describe how this entry has achieved effective and quantitative and qualitative results with students in the economic strands of the curriculum.

Part 2. Chronology and Instructional Process (up to 15 pages) (45%)

Provide a chronological list of all lessons and activities related to the project. Include a lesson plan(s) that includes the following information: Lesson Description, Grade Level, National Economic Content Standards and Benchmarks, MS Social Studies Frameworks Competencies and Student Objectives along with Time Required, materials, Procedure, Closure, Assessment, Extension Activities (optional).

Part 3. Evaluation (up to 5 pages) (15%)

Describe the student outcomes using data that directly support the standards
and learning objectives, including how you assessed them. Evaluation tools might include: applications of learning, performance assessments, pre-and post-test results, student portfolios, written work or any other assessment instrument or technique. Provide data supporting student achievement. Be specific. If Pre/Post tests are used they should be included in this section. If another form of evaluation was used, i.e. classroom discussion, this may be submitted as a video recording of the class discussion. A pdf copy of a student portfolio may also be submitted.

Part 4. Bibliography (up to 1 page) (required for application to be considered)

A bibliographical listing of all resources and reference materials used.

Part 5. Supplemental Materials (up to 10 pages) (25%)

Include any materials that directly support economic instruction in your classroom. This may include PowerPoints, student work, newspaper articles, photos with captions, graphs, printed materials, etc. Videos of student participation are accepted and not included in the page limitation.