Jenn Casey

Jenn Casey is a homeschooling mom of three kids and a CrossFit and kettlebell trainer. She has a Master's in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University, with special concentrations in Economics and Operations Management. Jenn has taught many classes with different homeschool groups since 2013, including Self-Organized Learning Environments (SOLE), Economics, Personal Finance, several fitness classes, and is a facilitator for teams playing the Stock Market Game (tm). Jenn served on the founding Board of Directors of STAC as Vice President. When she isn't nerding out over some economic idea, you can find her at CrossFit Kennesaw swinging a kettlebell.

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SOLE 1

Target Ages: 6-10

Min/Max Students: 3/8

Class Times: Friday 11:00 – 11:55 

Class Dates:  Sept. 6 – Sept. 27 (4 weeks) (more 4 week sessions throughout the year, TBD)

Cost:  $40 or $12 for drop-in

Description: Self-Organized Learning Environments are the vision of education reformer Sugata Mitra, winner of the 2013 TED prize. In his talk, "Building a School in the Cloud", Mitra introduces the idea of SOLEs, which are collaborative internet-based research efforts for kids in elementary and middle school. Think of SOLE class as an internet sleuthing class, where kids work together to discover everything they can about a topic by searching different sources on the internet. They use their class time to find out everything they can about that week’s mystery topic, working together in groups of 4 or 5 on laptops or iPads (provided by me). They write, draw, build, and speak about what they are learning. At the end of each class, the kids have about 15 minutes to share what they have learned with each other. The teacher guides the groups only as necessary through open-ended questions about the topic and methodology, but the children are the primary drivers in accomplishing their task. We can accommodate different learning styles, abilities, and skill levels, which is one of the reasons that this class can work well for so many different kids. Kids are taught how and then expected to work independently and collaboratively with each other with minimal direction for the majority of each class period. This class is aimed at beginners and younger kids, ages about 6-10. Emerging and non-readers can be successful in this class, as well as kids with limited computer or internet experience. If you have questions about whether this class will be appropriate for your child, please don't hesitate to talk to Jenn.

SOLE 2

Target Ages: 10-14

Min/Max Students:  3/12

Class Times: Tuesday 3:00 – 3:55 

Class Dates: Session One:  Sept. 3 – Dec. 10 (14 weeks)

Session Two:  Jan. 7 – May 12 (14 weeks, with three floating weeks off, TBD)

Cost:  $125 per session

Description: Self-Organized Learning Environments are the vision of education reformer Sugata Mitra, winner of the 2013 TED prize. In his talk, "Building a School in the Cloud", Mitra introduces the idea of SOLEs, which are collaborative internet-based research efforts for kids in elementary and middle school. Think of SOLE class as an internet sleuthing class, where kids work together to discover everything they can about a topic by searching different sources on the internet. They use their class time to find out everything they can about that week’s mystery topic, working together in groups of 4 or 5 on laptops or iPads (provided by me). They write, draw, build, and speak about what they are learning. At the end of each class, the kids have about 15 minutes to share what they have learned with each other. The teacher guides the groups only as necessary through open-ended questions about the topic and methodology, but the children are the primary drivers in accomplishing their task. We can accommodate different learning styles, abilities, and skill levels, which is one of the reasons that this class can work well for so many different kids. Kids are taught how and then expected to work independently and collaboratively with each other with minimal direction for the majority of each class period. This class is aimed at late elementary to middle school, ages about 10-14. Emerging and non-readers can be successful in this class, as well as kids with limited computer or internet experience. If you have questions about whether this class will be appropriate for your child, please don't hesitate to talk to Jenn.

Financial Fitness For Life

Target Ages: 12-18

Min/Max Students: 3/12

Class Times: Tuesday 11:30 – 12:25 

Class Dates: Sept. 3 – Dec. 10 (14 weeks)

Cost: $120

Description: Financial Fitness for Life was created by the Council for Economic Education to help prepare students for the ins and outs of making financial decisions. We will learn about what it REALLY takes to become a millionaire (hint: it’s not winning the lottery!) as well as how to manage money. Topics include general savings and investment strategies, opening a bank account, shopping for and applying for car loans and mortgages, credit scores, budgeting and more. The first half of the semester will focus on earning money, and the last half will focus on banking and investment strategies.

Materials: Bring something to take notes with to each class. All other materials will be provided.

Homework: There will be occasional out of class assignments, but this is not a homework-heavy course. Expect at the most 1-2 hours outside of class, if that.

Stock Market Game

Target Ages: 8-18

Min/Max Students: 3/15

Class Times: Tuesday 11:30 – 12:25 

Class Dates:  Jan. 7 – May 12 (15 weeks; we will have two floating weeks off, TBD, because at this point I'm not certain of the game dates.)

Cost: $125

Description: The Stock Market Game (tm) is a nationwide contest run by the Georgia Council for Economic Education. Kids work in teams of 2-5 to invest a (pretend) portfolio of $100,000 in the stock market using the SMG website and real data from the NYSE and NASDAQ stock exchanges. The goal is to grow the team portfolio over the course of the 10-week game. The game dates for 2020 are anticipated to be from late January 2020-mid-April 2020. We will utilize the classes prior to the start of the game in order to organize teams and learn a little bit about what stocks are and what they do. In each class meeting, we will cover new economic or stock market concepts, and teams will meet in order to make their investment decisions. While teams within the class are technically in competition with each other, our entire class will collaborate and share insights and knowledge with each other and the other teams. This experience is a great team building opportunity as well as a fun way to learn about how the stock market and corporations operate. There is also an opportunity for students to compete in the InvestWrite essay contest.

Materials: Students will need an internet-connected device with them in class, starting the week before the official commencement of the game. A notebook and writing utensil will also be necessary.

Homework: This class can be done only during our class time. However, many teams choose to meet outside of class (in person or virtually) to discuss trading decisions. This is really up to the teams themselves and I will help them come up with a plan that makes sense for everyone on the team.

Explorations in Economics

Target Ages: Middle School

Min/Max Students: 3/10

Class Times: Tuesday 10:30 – 11:25 

Class Dates:  Sept. 3 – Dec. 10 (14 weeks)

Cost:  $125

Description: Do you have a hard time (or an easy time!) deciding what to spend your own money on? Have you considered owning your own business? Ever wonder what inflation is, or why prices of things we buy sometimes are lower, and sometimes higher? Each of these questions has to do with the study of economics.
This class will introduce kids to the basics of micro- and macro-economics.  We will play games, watch videos, and do other activities to help students understand ideas such as supply and demand, marginal utility, inflation, decision-making, and more.

Materials: Access to videos to watch at home will be necessary, and occasionally they may need to bring an internet-connected device to class. I'll make sure there is plenty of notice for that.

Homework: Students will have videos to watch or readings to do outside of class most weeks.

REAL PE

Target Ages: High School – adult

Min/Max Students: 2/10

Class Times: Tuesday 1:00 – 1:55 

Class Dates:  Sept. 3 – Dec. 10 (14 weeks)

Cost:  $150

Description: We all know we need to move our bodies to stay healthy and fit, but many times we find ourselves wondering exactly WHAT to do. 
You may wonder: 
"Do I need fancy and expensive equipment?" 
"I know I should do 'resistance training,' but what is that, and how do I do it, and will it be enough, and how can I do it without hurting myself?"
"Does taking a walk outside every day even DO anything?"
"I'm not sore so my workout didn't do anything!" 
"I'm TOO sore, am I injured?" 
"How do I even know if I'm doing this correctly? " 
"Which is better–slow and steady movement or faster more intense movement? And why?"

If you can relate to some of these questions, then REAL PE might be for you! 
Each day we will do some kind of movement in class. If we can be outside, we'll take advantage of the good weather and spend most of our time moving. On days we have to be inside, we will get in some light movement and mobility, and discuss a movement or fitness-related topic. Topics might include: how the body uses energy for movement, the pros and cons of doing primarily one kind of movement (for fitness or sport), the benefits of resistance training, what to do when your body aches, and more. Mostly, I would like the ideas for discussion topics to come from the people in the class, so we'll be collecting ideas as we go along.
My goal for this class is not only to give you a workout or a good mobility session, it's for you to have a deeper understanding of different types of exercises modalities and benefits so you can make your movement choices based on what makes the most sense for you. 
Included in the class price is a Functional Movement Screen (FMS), which we can schedule to do in the first week or two of the semester outside of class. This will help us both understand better where the weak link in your movement chain is, and you will get some strengthening, stabilizing, or mobilizing movements to work on right away to maximize not only what you can get out of the class, but for your health and fitness.

Materials: Comfortable clothing and shoes for working out, water, a yoga mat

Homework: Students will be encouraged to move outside of class as well as work on their FMS movements daily. We will discuss training/fitness logs and those who wish to do that are encouraged to do so.

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text Reading Group

Target Ages:  Middle School – adult

Min/Max Students: 3/12

Class Times: Tuesday 2:00 – 2:55

Class Dates:  Sept. 3 – May 12 (31 weeks)

Cost:  $225

Description: This class is inspired by the podcast "Harry Potter and the Sacred Text." In this class, just as in the podcast, we will use the Harry Potter series to do close critical readings of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (semester 1) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (semester 2). We will be using the tools shared in the podcast (lectio divina, havruta, and more) to understand the meaning of the texts as they relate to the novels and also understand the texts as they relate to our own lives. 
This class is for anyone who enjoys the Harry Potter series. It is HIGHLY recommended that you have read (or at least seen the movies) the entire series prior to joining this group, because there is no way we can guarantee that we will avoid spoilers!

Materials: Students need to have a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Any format is fine. I will have some hard copies or kindle copies of the texts to refer to during the class.

Homework: Reading Group members will be assigned readings to do each week before class. Less than an hour a week preparation.

Priscila Benson