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.  

Friday, September 8, 2017

National CEE Conference


For those who are both new to teaching economics and veteran teachers, I would suggest looking into attending the 56th annual financial literacy and economic education conference put on by the National Council for Economic Education. There are a number of extremely helpful workshops as well a teachers and councils from around the country there to learn from. Click here to attend. If you need help raising funds, they have set up a Crowdfunding page here. If you are able to attend, I would strongly suggest it. You will get almost more resources than you know what to do with.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Teaching Monetary and Fiscal Policy


ECONnections Webinar

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017
When: 3-4 p.m. CT | 4–5 p.m. ET
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High school social studies teachers, are you looking for some great resources for your economics and government courses to help your students understand fiscal and monetary policy? Join us for this webinar. Economic education experts will point you to a variety of materials to enhance your instruction and better engage your students. The resources from several Federal Reserve banks include print lessons and publications, infographics, videos, audios, online courses, and more!

This webinar is free. Participants will receive a certificate for one hour of professional development upon completion of the webinar. To accommodate those living in different time zones, we are offering the same webinar at two separate times. Please select the appropriate link below to register for the session you plan to attend.
After registration, you will receive an email with directions on how to connect to the webinar.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Naked Money


I know that many economics teachers, including myself, use Charles Wheelan's Naked Economics as a supplementary reading in our introductory courses. He has a new book out, Naked Money that is a great book about monetary policy and the Federal Reserve. I am using it in my AP macroeconomics class. If you are new to teaching economics and want to learn about what money is, monetary policy, and the workings of the Federal Reserve, this is a great and understandable read, if you have been teaching economics for awhile and want to go deeper into why we do not have a gold standard anymore and the history of monetary policy in the United States, as well as FOREX markets, this book provides many thought provoking ideas.  Either way, it is worth picking up.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Core Concept Cards





If you have not seen them yet, both the St. Louis Federal Reserve and the Kansas City Federal Reserve Banks offer wonderful teaching resources. I have blogged before about the website, Econlowdown, which is run out of the St. Louis Fed, and offers a wide range of online modules for high school students. This resource out of the Kansas City Federal Reserve, is great to use with middle school and high school students. These concept cards work great for test review, and can even be customized.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Future Trends Forum with Special Guest Jeff Selingo


Welcome back! For many of us, we return to the classroom in the next few weeks. I will try and update the blog at least once a week on Mondays. Some weeks I will have more to post so I will post twice that week. My first post this school year deals with a newsletter/blog that posts free forums each week. The forums are interesting and have to do with trends in education. This week's forum is about future trends in higher education. This is a great topic for those who teach students at any age since it will affect each student that decides to carry on his/her education. You can RSVP here.

For those who start back this week, or already have, I wish you the best this school year. For those who start back later this month, or after Labor Day, be safe and enjoy the rest of your break.