Indian Hills students give Eastern European teachers a look at life on the trail

Thirteen visiting teachers from Eastern Europe got a firsthand look inside an American middle school classroom Tuesday — and learned a thing or two about about life on the California, Oregon and Santa Fe Trails in the process.

The teachers’ visit, sponsored by the National Center for Economic Education and the KU Center for Economic Education, allowed them to see a creative lesson plan put together by seventh grade teacher Judith Schieszer. Schieszer wrote a five act play depicting pioneer life in the 1800s, incorporating economic themes like goods and services and opportunity costs.

Her students performed the play in the classroom as the Eastern European teachers watched, having the dialogue translated by an interpreter:

Indian Hills was one of just two schools in the United States selected as models for the visiting teachers to observe creative instructional strategies for economics education.