Tired of teaching from an economics text that's more dull and dry than the Sahara Desert? So was I, which is why I started developing my own challenge materials that would engage kids and encourage them to do their own economic thinking!
These scenarios center around the issue of "free riders," or individuals that consume a good without contributing to the resources needed to pay for it. The economics thinking is brought down to earth for students through the use of fun scenarios written at their level. In fact, the scenarios are ones likely to resonate with high school students since it was my own class of 12th graders that came up with the ideas for many of situations posed.
CRITICAL THINKING MATTERS!
This lesson involves a lot of discussion about issues that kids find interesting and want to sink their teeth into. Along the way, they will learn about public goods, private goods, and the ways in which various types of goods are funded or paid for. Then it's up to them to decide if the solutions suggested are good ones for dealing with free riders on the system -- or if the system itself is better off simply accepting the existence of free riders.
ABOUT THE PREVIEW
The preview pack provides teachers with 3 scenarios to get them started, with many more available in the full version of the product. All explanatory notes, background, and teaching suggestions are left intact in the preview pack so that teachers can see how these scenarios might really fit into their economics lessons.
MAKE YOUR ECON CLASS SIZZLE!
Students love these scenarios and suddenly start thinking of economics as something that is interesting and fun! Which of course, it is!
Please download the preview and have a look at how the right materials can transform your economics classroom into an environment with high student engagement.
Thanks as ever,