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This four page review is a hilarious fill in the blank and create a graph exercise designed to review supply and demand. It uses the story of Little Red Riding Hood (who is an aspiring economist), who of course loses her grandmother and meets a
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War supposedly helped get the US out of depression, but destroying goods doesn't seem to help most people's economy; what gives? This scenario contrasts two macroeconomic alternatives in the middle of a recession: going to war and building public
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Four exercises exploring the uses of a simple formula for present value: one examines a furnace, another a "robo bagger," a third examines the value of a goose that lays a golden egg, and a fourth explores a stock that increases in value by a
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Are "green" products efficient? This exercise clarifies the meaning of efficiency to economics students; using data from window manufacturers, it contrasts the economics of buying a "high efficiency" window, which saves energy but costs more, with a
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Hayek's "The Use of Knowledge in Society" is, in my opinion, one of the most important articles written in economics. Its description of the way in which prices allocate resources and convey information gives students a basic understanding of how
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This assignment walks students through parallels in Animal Farm with events in the USSR as they read the book; it includes a discussion guide for a formal discussion; and it includes an essay assignment on the topic "What Went Wrong?"
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Richard Thaler argues that people often behave irrationally. This series of scenarios (along with a rubric that contains answers) challenges the idea that homo economicus is occasionally irrational. It starts with the cashew hiding host: if more
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This exercise, suitable for a group discussion or an individual written assignment, examines an actual proposal that circulated on the net in 2008 suggesting that we all boycott Exxon-Mobil until gas prices drop to $2. It sets up a simple model and
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This activity can be used as a group brainstorming/discussion and/or the basis for a paper. I do both. I use it after students read their chapter on income distribution and ask them to explain why the gap exists in American history, and why it's
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This lesson is suitable for a written assignment or a discussion; I usually have students brainstorm in groups with my help, and then assign it as an essay. Students examine data and apply it to a simple formula (C = B/W) to show the cost of social
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I fudged on the title a bit, which is actually "Light rail, Heavy Eating: An Exercise in Rationality in Politics." It uses a restaurant example (and some simple number crunching) to get at concepts of "rational ignorance" to show why Americans can
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This economics mystery sets up a simple model with five individuals in a small town; a poor person moves into the town and needs housing. It suggests three options for housing Frank, the newcomer. Students crunch the numbers and examine the
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This activity can be the basis of a discussion, a group activity, a writing assignment, or all three (which is how I use these assignments). In this activity, Ray Zhoor discovers a way to double the life expectency of razors at Slick, Corp. Will
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This activity can be used both as the basis for a written assignment and/or as a discussion. It starts with the economics of Lemons--bad cars. Might the entire used car market disappear? Students explore how that might occur, crunching a few
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This is an essay assignment for ancient history which uses the only surviving document from the end of the Old Kingdom of Egypt, sometimes called "The Admonitions of an Egyptian Sage," and has students discover what the priestly class values, based
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've taught in schools in Florida, California, Washington, and Wisconsin, and I've just started teaching at a new start up college prep school in Santa Barbara, California.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Anything, as long as students learn how to think and write clearly.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Nasdaq $10,000 Regional Finalist Wisconsin Council on Economic Education First and Third place awards

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Calvin, BA History SFSU, MA International Relations Course work at Pepperdine

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