The folks over at Bankrupting America have a sweet little shop set up. For starters, I love the infographics. They're interesting, informative, and pretty to look at. This shop is bankrolled by Public Notice, a non-profit with conservative roots that is critical of both sides of the spectrum.
To keep up with their latest and greatest, I'm gonna like 'em on the old FB.
Can I get this in a poster size please?
I am preppin' for Congress... and I have run across this **beautiful** infographic quite a few times. So, I figure... why not?
This is kind of a variation of the Game of Life, and I am all about playing games for sequential processes like this. There are other great resources out there, too... If you want to do some Flipped Classroom stuff, and are all about using federal resources... try this nine video B2L extravaganza from Congress themselves
A few years ago, I found this game... and I took each individual square and typed it into a power point. At B2L time, I would print the powerpoint in slide view... find a vacant hallway, and spread the game out. The kids would be the game pieces, and I would hand each of them a die to help them role... First one to the end got something I would dig up in my classroom.
But I have since transitioned to a B2L project that takes place outside of my classroom... The kids are assigned to work in groups and write lyrics to an original or otherwise song... and perform it live or via video on youtube. I do this for a few reasons. 1.) I free up time to teach other stuff that is not a process and therefore (for the most part) memorize-able. (I frequently marvel at how I remember the state song even though i don't remember who forced me to learn or during what grade.) 2.) The kids (unless they're lying, which is possible.) actually get excited for this project... not all of them... but a lot of them... And my present Seniors will actually contact their graduated buddies to tease them for the videos they have made... 3.) It's allowing my more artistic kids an outlet. 4.) I love to see what they come up with... there are some pretty cool things I have gotten from this... including cameos from Congressman Frank Wolf... with recorded scenes in his CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE!!! 5.) It's another reason to torment my students, which is the real reason I teach. (j/k... that's what they think anyways.)
Photo via Flickr/Ted Eytan