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Park MS Teachers Share Their JA Experience

Joanne Catlett, Mark Holland and Chad Geiger

Joanne Catlett, Mark Holland and Chad Geiger

Park Middle School has a strong history with JA of Lincoln, and we’re so grateful to the teachers, volunteers, and donors who make it happen every year. One of the most popular programs is the JA Global Marketplace, which gives students the opportunity to explore how the economies of different nations affect each other through trade, immigration, and technology. We wanted to introduce you to a few of the awesome Park teachers who use the program, and let them tell you about it in their own words!

Mr. Chad Geiger

How long have you been using Global Marketplace in your classroom?

This is my fourth year with Mr. Shane Jackson from TMCO teaching my social studies students about the Global Marketplace.

What are your favorite parts of the program?

I really enjoy the lesson where the students have to find items around the room and items that Mr. Jackson brings and identify what country they were made. Students ask some pretty interesting questions during this lesson and wonder why such simple things are made in other countries and brought to the United States.
I also like that students have to think about situations of kids in other countries and then write and reflect about those situations.

What do you think your students get out of it?

I believe my students start to understand business is worldwide and Americans do a lot to build relationships to make those businesses successful.

Would you recommend this program to another teacher? Why?

I would definitely recommend this program to other teachers because of the variety of the lessons. I also think it’s important to allow students to work together and discuss situations and this program allows students to do that on a daily basis.

Mr. Mark Holland

How long have you been using Global Marketplace in your classroom?

This is my 5th year working with the curriculum and with Junior Achievement.

What are your favorite parts of the program?

I love that the students get to interact with members of the community that they may not normally interact with. These volunteers (ours are from TMCO) are very community oriented and teach students the meaning of hard work and responsibility. They encourage students to take pride in themselves and their community. I think that this interaction is a very valuable experience for the students.

What do you think your students get out of it?

Life-long lessons related to pride, community focus, hard work, respect, etc.

Would you recommend this program to another teacher? Why?

Yes I would for the aforementioned life long skills that students can develop.

Thank you to Mr. Geiger, Mr. Holland, and all the other amazing educators who put JA to work in their classrooms every day!

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