Saturday, December 19, 2009

Teaching Tips for AP Economics

Summary: Jim Spellicy on College Board.

Jim Spellicy teaches AP Economics at Lowell High School in San Francisco, California, and serves as an AP Reader and Table Leader. His tips for teaching AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics are here.

Mr. Spellicy has over a decade of teaching experience in AP economics.

To his list, I would like to add:

11. Teaching economics is a learning process. Sometimes a student needs the whole semester to see how the concepts fit together. It is my practice to allow students the opportunity to grow over the course to demonstrate learning.

12. Give constant feedback and knowledge of results to learners. I emphasize how to use the models and interpret the models to teach the concepts. Often I have to teach the same concepts several times to a student while they are working on a homework problem. I use the analogy that I did not learn to parallel park the first time I tried. Many concepts in economics such as diminishing marginal returns take several attempts.

13. Recruit students who you work well with. This adds comfort to your classroom and a climate of mutual respect. Students produce good results when they feel good.

14. Allow students to disagree with you. When students argue with you they have the incentive to pursue the course content to a higher degree.

What teaching tips do you offer?

About the Author: Mike Fladlien is an AP Economics teacher from Muscatine High School in Muscatine, Iowa. He is an author. He believes in making marginal gains every day to pursue excellence.


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