An E-Sylum reader forwarded this nice article on teacher Zee Ann Poerio and her use of ancient coins in the classroom. Ancient Coins for Education is a great program. -Editor The classroom at St. Louise de Marillac School in Upper St. Clair was quiet except for the sound of "ah."
Each third-grader was holding an authentic, small bronze Roman coin from the fourth century.
And it was theirs to keep.
"It's so cool to be holding a piece of the past and to know what they had for money back then," said 9-year-old Jake Cortes.
Teacher Zee Ann Poerio said her students usually have a sense of reverence when they open the small manila envelopes and see their own coin.
Coins are big in Mrs. Poerio's classroom.
She uses coins to spark interest in everything from Latin (many of the coins are Roman) to science (bronze includes the elements copper and tin).
While she had never taken Latin, Mrs. Poerio became interested because of her Italian heritage. After reading that Latin helps SAT scores, she began using Latin as a way to teach root words, culture, art, mythology, creative writing and problem solving.
On the Internet, she found Ancient Coins for Education, which was started in 2001 by a small group of classical numismatists looking for a way to bring ancient history to life in the classroom. The organization provided the first group of coins for her students to try to identify.
She placed the coins on her desk, with magnifiers and microscopes, and the children loved the activity so much they told their siblings, who came over because they wanted a look, too.
That led to her starting an Ancient Coin Museum, which has grown to more than 300 identified coins and other small artifacts, most donated by numismatists and coin enthusiasts across the country.
To read the complete article, see: Ancient coins enthrall, educate pupils (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09115/965529-55.stm)
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