Dear Home Ec 101,
I recently ran across your home economics site. It is extremely helpful and visually integrative. I love it. I am a first year home-economics teacher at a Christian Academy. I was wondering if you could give me some tips for teaching high school economics.
You see, I just graduated Culinary School and they thought that I would be the perfect candidate to teach Home-Economics. I would personally love nothing more than to teach Home-Economics. However, the job was kind of thrown on me quickly. More than I’d prefer. I more or less prefer a plan if you will. I’m pretty structured Anyway, I kind of feel loss…What I’m getting to is…Help me please?!?!
I only have them on Fridays at 9:00 am for an hour. On Mondays and Wednesdays I teach Latin all day. I plan to return to school in January hopefully to get my Masters to teach Home-Economics…
So, do you have any ideas on how I can approach this class? I’m so confused, scared and nervous. I would really appreciate it!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this…
If I were you, I’d sit down with pen, paper, and what the school expects the students to master in the course. These are naturally your first priority. From there, it’s all about life skills. These are just off of the top of my head. I want to open this up to the Home Ec 101 audience. What would be the most valuable life skill you wish you had learned in home economics?
You may find the articles linked in the footer of this site a decent resource for what Google users seem to find most helpful on this site. Here are some other ideas. If I were laying out the menu plan, I would block out sections based on some of the topics below and fill in based on their interest and the questions that arise.
How to create a budget.
- This may be covered in the economics course, see what is covered and when to avoid repeat / overlap.
- One time expenditures.
- Recurring expenditures
- Emergency funds
- Renters insurance.
- Rent to own is a BAD idea.
- How coupons work / how to use them.
How to read a recipe.
- How to convert measurements – teaspoons to tablespoons to cups.
- Temperature conversion
- Cooking terms: simmering, boiling, braising, roasting, baking, pan frying, searing
- How to double or halve a recipe.
How to read a nutrition label.
- Serving size
- Explain misleading proclamations: example Trans fat free -just because it’s less than the minimum required to put on the label.
- The bacterial danger zone.
- Safe temperatures for chicken, pork, beef, fish etc
- Explain the label care guidelines
- How washing machines work -it’s not just a magic box.
- Hemming, buttons, zipper repair.
- Stain removal
I know Home Ec 101 readers are full of helpful advice, I’m leaving the comments wide open for all they have to say. Hear that Home Eccers? Chime in!