ECONOMICS FORSOCIAL STUDIESTEACHERSDesigned and Presentedby Sarah Shipley
RATIONALE Economics = Boring and TerrifyingNow I’m a teacher and I have to teach economics.Praxis
ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS What is the overall impact of the economy on (my) life?Topical Questions: How has economics changed over time? How has economic theory been influenced by history? What created the current economic crisis and how can we fix it?
BLUE COLLAR BUDGETInspired by the Book Nickel and Dimedby Barbara Ehrenreich.Place of Work = Wal-Mart $7.50/hour40 Hours a week = $1200/ monthLiving Expenses (Food, Gas, Phone)- $214Housing—Dun Dun Dun St. Mary’s Landing Apartments- Studio Apartment $710 a month (includes water and sewer)
WHAT CAUSED THE CRASH?WebQuest about the current economic crisishttps://sites.google.com/site/whatcausedthe crash/home
CAUSES AND PREVENTIONSORGANIZERSynthesis of everything I learned from the WebQuestWhat I would hope my students would take away from that experience
HISTORY OF ECONOMICSTIMELINEShow economic developments alongside historical events and cultural movementsInterconnectedness of historyUseful in the future when questions arise about an economic theory
FAVORITE RESOURCESWikipediaNickel and DimedA Brief History of Economics:Artful Approaches to the Dismal Science
WHAT I LEARNEDContent: Economics is actually interesting when put in its historical and social contextSelf: I am insanely stubborn and love structure, I will always make the product myself first before giving my students the assignmentProfessional Development: Time consuming and would be better if could be done in a more relaxing environment.What’s Next: Continue with Economics (Need more 20th Century); Look into world history
BRINGIN’ IT BACK HOMEImportant to help students see the value in understanding modern economics Use WebQuest to do thisAlways link economics to historical setting and social events
ENDURING UNDERSTANDINGWe each have a role in our economy; each purchase we make, or do not make; each stock trade that is made, or not made; effects our current economic situation. From the smallest child, to the oldest adult, we make our economy run; therefore, we must know how the economy functions to insure our prosperity.