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Keeping FACS Alive: Hands-On Lesson Keeps FACS Enrollment Up in Maryland

promoting-facs-guideThis summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”!

Today’s story…

I currently teach FCS in middle school - 6th to 8th grades. I just finished 6 years of middle school and every year my enrollment figures are overwhelming. [I was told the program was being considered for disbanding due to lack of enrollment when I arrived.] So, I chose to teach relevant 'hands-on' curriculum that focuses on everyday living and promoted future career choices. With every unit the correlation to careers is deeply embedded. Since I have a large number of boys in my classes I discuss FCS type careers for men: fashion designing for men's apparel, sewing for auto/boat refurbishing, cooking/meal prep for the busy employee, consumer and application skills for 14 year olds to begin part time employment as well as focusing on crafts and home skills for gifts, making money, and relaxation. Boys seem to love the sewing machines best! Teaching across the curriculum reinforces reading, writing, and math skills in order to show students why education is important.

Ann Taylor

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