Monday, December 21, 2009

Teaching Tips for AP Economics

Summary: More tips to teach AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics/

20. Here is a Squiddo Lens for first time teachers.

21. Buy the Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition. The WSJ was $19.50 for 30 copies of the student edition for the whole year.

22. Make a Wiki. A Wiki is an editable blog in which students can add content. A Wiki allows students to interact with data and use Web 2.0 tools. This link tells you how to begin a Wiki. Here's how to use a Wiki in your classroom. The Wikipedia is here.

If you are a rigor-relevance disciple, then a Wiki allows students to collaborate online. If you are a 7 Habits of Highly Effective People follower, then a Wiki allows you to synergize.

23. Present at a conference. The best way to learn is to teach. Every year the College Board calls for presenters at their national AP Conference. The 2010 conference is in Washington, D. C. You will find that nothing prepares you more than teaching teachers. As you know, there's a difference between understanding what you read in a book and making real-world connections in real-time when students begin to ask you, "what if..." questions that make you evaluate information. Just performing the research for my presentations have enabled me to make a network or helpful professionals and resources that I will use for a life time.

24. Become an EconEdLink author. This is a rigorous process that will solidify your teaching presentation, knowledge, and pedagogy. Your lessons are critically reviewed by professionals who enrich the content of your plans. If you strive for excellence, develop one lesson and contribute it. The link to begin is here. Here's a warning. Once you write a plan, you will want to write more. You will find that the quality of your presentations skyrocket and your knowledge will deepen. There are over 620 plans as of this writing, but there are room for hundreds of others. All of the plans are here and they are FREE.

About the Author: Mike Fladlien is an AP Economics teacher from Muscatine High School in Muscatine, Iowa. He is an author blogging at Mikeroeconomics. His iPod app, Econexamcram, helps students prepare for final exams in microeconomics.


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