Monday, April 24, 2017

Budgets and Debt




If you feel like depressing your students, or getting them all kinds of fired up, I would suggest having them read this article and watching this video. We are talking about debt in my class and this always leaves them walking out of the room talking so very good economics. You can also show them the US debt clock which will also depress them. I tell them they are the solution to the problem, so they need to start thinking about now.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

26 Economics Games


This is a wonderful resource that I know I will be using for review this year and games next year. I just starting exploring all that this site has to offer. Jacob Reed who teaches in California made this site.

Monday, April 17, 2017

EdTechTeam



I am assuming that, much like me, you have had your spring break and are now back for the home stretch of the school year. I hope everyone had a restful time and is ready to tackle what can be the most difficult time of the year to teach. If you have not signed up for EdTechTeam's email, you should. There are a number of events and books about tech in the classroom on their website. I might have some summer reading ahead of me found on their newly released books tab of their website.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fi$H Economics


This is a fun resource that explains so many concepts of economics. There are a ton of resources here. The videos are engaging and the lesson plans are simple to follow. Enjoy! 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Humans Need Not Apply


We are covering factor markets in my classes. This video came up and it led to some great conversation. I disagree with the video, but it does illustrate the fact that we are training students for jobs that are not yet created and the need for them to be thinking outside of the box. Economics taught right does just this. Here is an article that refutes what is brought up in the video.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

CEE Online Classes


If you are looking for lesson plans, many of which can be taught in a US History class, you need look no further than the online CEE classes. These webinars You have to register for the classes. I am looking at the "mini-economy" in my classroom. I always have liked to idea of making my classroom into a functioning mini-economy to be able to illustrate all of the topics we cover in class. There are a number of webinars to choose from, so pick the best one for what you do. 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Everyday Economics - Money


I know I have posted about the resources from the Federal Reserve, but this one about money might be my favorite. My students struggle with the concept of the value of money and from where the value is derived. In addition, this can be pared down to middle school and ramped up to AP and the money multiplier. Explore the whole page, but this lesson on money is a keeper.  

Friday, February 17, 2017

Economics in One Day



I love the courses that the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) offers. This one looks like a great one. From those whose principals have asked them to teach economics, a course you may have never taken in your life, from those who have taught economics for years, this class looks like it will be helpful. It is a self-pacing class so no need to have to set aside a full day to take the course.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Fractional Reserve Banking and Money Creation

Online Professional Development:
Fractional Reserve Banking and Money Creation

ImageFrom our counterparts at the
Philadelphia Fed:
 In this three-hour online professional development program, you will be introduced to the “Case of the Gigantic $100,000 Bill” lesson and learn innovative ways to teach about fractional reserve banking and money creation in the middle and high school classroom. Through a series of four professionally produced videos, we will show you how to teach the lesson to students and provide you with valuable teaching tips. You will practice fractional reserve banking and money creation content in a series of short, online problem sets and participate with other educators and the program’s instructors in online discussion boards. You can complete the work at your own pace as long as you complete all of your work by March 27.
There are no prerequisites for this program. Participants who complete the program will receive a certificate for 3.0 hours of professional development credit issued by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. (Professional development certificates will be issued on March 29, 2017.)

When
Self-paced Online:
Monday, February 27, through Monday, March 27, 2017

Who
Open to teachers for grades K‒12 and college faculty

Register Online at
http://www.cvent.com/d/jvq6hl or
www.philadelphiafed.org/training.

Registration Deadline
February 23, 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017

Tariffs, Export Taxes and More


This article appeared in the New York Times today. The article, once you get into it, talks about supply, demand, and prices, as well the effects of taxes. The article is written by Paul Krugman, so it has a political bent to it and the start of it is very partisan; however, it does make for the start of a good conservation. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Taxation


This is a great video from The Economist that explains the different types of taxes and the history of taxation. It is a short clip that can be a great start to any macro class.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Cost of Raising a Child


I showed this article to my classes and it started a great conversation about opportunity costs, scarcity, and decision making. There is a great line about economies of scale, which my students are not there yet. I also told the students to go home and thank their parents for forgoing other things in order to give them life and raise them!   

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Economists versus the Economy



If you work in a school like mine, you are back today. Happy New Year! Others were fortunate enough to have this week off. Either way, if you are looking to brush up on some economic theory, this is a good article. You need little economic background to understand this, but after reading the article, you should have a good understanding of some different philosophies of the economy. Also, it is a short read. Enjoy!