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Fast paced discussions. Compelling prompts. Multiple partners. Critical thinking. That’s the power of speed dating. Disguising critical thinking about labor, wages, and the role of technology in our economy as a fun, highly engaging activity makes this one of the most awesome lessons of the year. And guess what? It’s so low prep, you just have to do the printing (and maybe hang up a few vocab terms) ahead of time.
This lesson focuses on wages, types of labor, human capital, outsourcing, technology, and shifts in the American economy. It asks students to tie wages back to what they already learned in their supply & demand unit (it’s assumed they already know the basics of supply & demand).
For this lesson, students will first complete a written warm up that asks them about their jobs (if they have one!), wages, and the relationship between employers and employees. Next students will do a gallery walk of 8 vocabulary terms posted around the room, including human capital and types of labor. They will record the definitions and examples on a provided worksheet (and they’ll even create their own images to help them remember). Then it’s time to dive into the dating! Students will have a few minutes with each partner to discuss a prompt related to wages, labor, and the economy. Examples: “In recent years, the US economy has shifted from predominately manufacturing jobs (example: factory work) to favoring jobs in the service industry (example: health care provider). Why do you think that is?” and “Telecommuting, or working from home, is becoming increasingly popular. Is this trend good or bad for Americans, businesses, and the economy?”
Students will discuss with a partner for a few minutes, record the highlights of their discussion on a provided worksheet, and then move on to the next prompt and partner. There are 8 total prompts.
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