I use a textbook as a supplement. I inherited it from the previous
Econ. teacher three years ago who also used it as a supplement. Its
what you would expect from a text - very dry. I use it mainly for the
vocabulary. There is one text out there that approaches economics by
building it around current social issues. It is college level, but I
have used some of the readings from it with some success. Its
currently in my classroom. I'll try to get some info. together and
send it out.
Regarding student expectations and simulations, I have found that
sometimes it is beneficial for the students to not know when it will
end, especially when it is structured with reoccurring rounds. I have
used one called SIMSOC for quite a few years with a 11th grade U.S. &
World course. If the students know when the simulation ends, they
change their behavior, such as trying to disrupt it as much as possible
just because its going to be over. I think the type of simulation
might dictate how much advance information the students need so that
the experience is a success.
Have a nice weekend.
On Jul 7, 2006, at 11:56 AM, David Gavron wrote:
> Hi Renee and Bill,
> I hope you don't mind if I jump into the conversation....
> Our Econ class is a semester long. We run it second semester and it is
> open to
> all Jrs and Srs. Last Spring was my first time teaching the course. We
> do not
> use a textbook.
> Do either of you?
> I did a similar activity as the cartel example in the workshop. The
> kids lied
> like it was their job! It was interesting to watch the kids'
> expressions. Some
> had great poker faces!
> Renee, did you feel that the cartel example was canned too? I was
> why the teacher stopped after a few rounds when his students had a
> sheet that
> said they would be going 5 rounds? Maybe he was out of time. I think
> it is
> important that the kids have clear expectations presented to them
> the "rules of the game", whatever the game might be.
> Bill, I have a 12 and 3 year old with another on the way in October. I
> how difficult it is to catch up on e-mails and other work!
> Hope to hear from you!
>> ===== Original Message From "Ewing, Elizabeth"
>> I am glad I found your message. I am inspired to do some more
>> I got a notice abut them this morning. I really liked the trade one,
>> but it seemed canned. My students are not so predictable. My kids
>> would probably never like what they traded for or would be perfectly
>> content with the first trade. But I liked the idea. I am teaching
>> summer school and it has worked well in this group -- highly motivated
>> kids who pay for the class. Nice talking to you.
>> Renee Ewing
>> Mayde Creek High School
>> Katy ISD
>> Katy, Texas
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Bill
>> Sent: Tuesday, July 04, 2006 1:41 AM
>> To: Discussion list for THE ECONOMICS CLASSROOM
>> Subject: Re: [Channel-talkeconomics] Workshop 1: Is Anybody Out There?
>> Hi Renee,
>> Yes that was the one. My name is Bill Lee. I'm entering my 17th year
>> as a social studies teacher at Kaukauna High School (Wisconsin). I
>> currently teach AP History, Constitutional Law, and every student's
>> favorite - Economics. I've actually found many of the sample lessons
>> depicted helpful. I find these types of programs rejuvenating.
>> for responding. My family and I have been off enjoying a long holiday
>> week. With a four year old this is a good time to catch up on emails.
>> Take Care
>> On Jun 28, 2006, at 11:12 AM, Elizabeth wrote:
>>> Who are you? I recognize your name. I saw a video on trade. Is
>>> the one where he has goodies in brown bags and the kids trade? Are
>>> on the same page? If so I can get back to you.
>>> Renee Ewing
>>> Mayde Creek high
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
>>> [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Bill
>>> Sent: Wednesday, June 28, 2006 1:19 AM
>>> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
>>> Subject: [Channel-talkeconomics] Workshop 1: Is Anybody Out There?
>>> I enjoyed video Workshop #1, and am hoping that there are others now
>>> enrolled in the summer '06 workshop who would like to swap
>>> and suggestions.
>>> I currently teach two sections of economics and thought the lessons
>>> shown were creative and would help students understand the concepts
>>> being explored.
>>> My personal favorite was the last lesson on cartels. It reminded me
>>> my class. I could definitely relate to the instructor, especially
>>> he was asked why they weren't playing another round because the
>>> worksheet had space for one more.
>>> I also enjoyed the lesson on barriers to trade, but that was
>>> a high ability, high motivational group of students; not my class
>>> If anyone's out there please reply.
>>> Channel-talkeconomics mailing list
> David Gavron
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