Monday, August 27, 2012

Stamps Teach

American Philatelic Society President Wade Saadi writes in the September American Philatelist, "In a perfect partnership, APS Director of Education Gretchen Moody and a subcommittee of the National Postal Museum’s Council of Philatelists chaired by Omar Rodriguez, designed, formulated and implemented a pilot program that integrates the use of postage stamps in lesson plans, worksheets, and classroom learning centers."

Saadi goes on to pen, "In its initial launch, the pilot program was offered by ninety-eight teachers in more than twenty states and reached 3,734 students. Fifty of the participating teachers responded with written evaluations with 86 percent saying they will use the program again within the next six months. There were 554 students who returned feedback postcards and, of these, 443 felt stamps were of some help in teaching
them their lesson. Around the same percentage want more lessons with stamps as a teaching aid. These numbers, by any measure, are quite impressive."

According to Saadi, "About 95 percent of the students in the pilot were in the first through sixth grades, so the appeal of stamps in the early years of schooling seems broad. Stamps Teach currently offers a total of fifteen lesson plans for math, science, social studies and language arts, with more planned."

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM