Tuesday, October 17, 2017

AP Macroeconomics Course


One of the biggest obstacles to starting up an AP macroeconomics course, is knowledge of the course content. Teachers either think they need to major in economics to teach it, or people believe you have to have a math degree. Neither is true. Because of the knowledge problem, there are resources to get comfortable with the information. A "free" course can be found here. If I can teach it, anyone can.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Teaching Credit





The Kansas City Federal Reserve has some wonderful activities. One of which is their series on teaching credit. These are lessons that are group based. It is so important to teach this concept as many of our students do not understand the power of compound interest and how much they will actually be paying back for that taco they charged two years ago. I would have them read this in addition to the lesson.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Free Webnire, Banking System






Experience and explore the Hands on Banking® program, aligned with Common Core State Standards as well as national and state standards for mathematics, economics and personal finance, that can help your students sharpen their personal finance skills and build the foundation for a brighter financial future. You will learn about new turnkey resources including engaging activities from basic ic banking to investing. New materials will be shared and provided to participants.
Presenter: Mia Russell, Ph. D.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2089083472991651074

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

YouTube Channel


So I was asked to use Doceri to record my lectures and make them available for students who might be absent that day. Since I will be posting them anyway, I decided to make a YouTube channel out of it. Check it out. I only have 2 videos up thus far, but there will be more as the semester progresses.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Investing in a College Education



I like bringing up controversial subjects, both here and in class. It makes things are memorable and students feel like you are being honest with them. This is no different. In the school in which I work 99% of students are accepted and will attend, a four-year college. I know that that is not the norm. For some students it is a decision of making money now, for others, it can be a question of how to pay for college, and still, others might not be aware of what it means to get a college degree. Though I would argue that college is not for everyone, most people do benefit from a college education. I like showing the video above when talking about opportunity cost. I then go to the National Council for Economic Education for some great lessons on a college degree. I like giving students all of the information possible before making a decision. This can lead to some great discussions. In addition, you can explore the questions of:

If a college education is so great, should we use tax money to pay for it?

What kind of degrees is worth it?

When he talks about the billionaires, is the reason those are well-known stories is that they are rare?

What kind of jobs are available for those who do not go to college?

When are vocational skills the right fit?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

8 Skills Every High School Student Should Have


I was reading this article from the School Superintendents Association and found in interesting what skills the author thought every 18-year old should have. Here is the list of the eight:

AN 18-YEAR-OLD MUST BE ABLE TO TALK TO STRANGERS.

AN 18-YEAR-OLD MUST BE ABLE TO FIND HIS WAY AROUND. 

 AN 18-YEAR-OLD MUST BE ABLE TO MANAGE ASSIGNMENTS, WORKLOADS AND DEADLINES.
AN 18-YEAR-OLD MUST BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE RUNNING OF A HOUSEHOLD.
AN 18-YEAR-OLD MUST BE ABLE TO HANDLE INTERPERSONAL PROBLEMS.

AN 18-YEAR-OLD MUST BE ABLE TO COPE WITH UPS AND DOWNS. 

AN 18-YEAR-OLD MUST BE ABLE TO EARN AND MANAGE MONEY.

AN 18-YEAR-OLD MUST BE ABLE TO TAKE RISKS.

It got me to thinking, if a class on economics was designed correctly, we can teach all of these skills. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Economics Review Games





If you are looking for some great economics review games, check out this website. In addition to the review games, there are explanations of concepts and graphs. This is a one-stop-shop to all things economics.