Friday, September 18, 2009

Heard it Through the Grapevine

Summary: Author of several economic textbooks and teaching products shares his ideas for effective teaching.

Dr. William A. McEachern publishes The Teaching Economist twice a year.  I enjoy reading his newletter, now in its twentieth year, and thought readers of this blog would too.  A section of the newsletter, "Ideas for the Grapevine" , focuses on 'attention-getting examples, ways to "sensationalize" economic ideas' and is my favorite part of the newsletter.

Teaching AP Economics presents challenges beyond the textbook.  AP students often have a schedule jam packed with activities.  Many times the ideas in the newsletter aid the teacher in presenting the material in a way that is faster and improves retention and recall. 

About the Author: Mike Fladlien is an AP Economics teacher from Muscatine High School in Muscatine, IA. He is an author, and also publishes the Mikeroeconomics.  In 2008, Mr. Fladlien was a finalist for the ISEA Teacher of the Year.


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