The Economist Articles — Week of 20 Feb 2016

Every week I read through The Economist to pick out articles that may be useful for teaching in the classroom. I’ll be sharing some of my notes and the discussion prompts I’ve come up with in these weekly posts. For students, they can serve as guide-rails for your reading. For teachers, I hope they will be helpful for your teaching.

1. Fighting the next recession — Unfamiliar ways forward

“If (China’s) growth falters, it stokes worries about the prospects for other emerging markets; if activity holds up, though, concerns shift to the ever rising debt that makes such feats possible, but not necessarily sustainable.”

The Economist Articles — Week of 13 Feb 2016

Every week I read through The Economist to pick out articles that may be useful for teaching in the classroom. I’ll be sharing some of my notes and the discussion prompts I’ve come up with in these weekly posts. For students, they can serve as guide-rails for your reading. For teachers, I hope they will be helpful for your teaching.

1. Smoking in France — Between a puff and a Kalashnikov

Opportunity cost: the opportunity cost of smoking outside school premises has increased given the threat of terrorist attacks.

3 Ways to Use Articles in an Economics Classroom

Let’s say we have a piece of writing — economics writing.

How do we most effectively use it to teach students economic concepts?

Here are some ideas.

Break it up

Identify the different characters in the article and get students to role-play.

First, in groups, students do research about what the different characters might think or act in this situation and then they try to play out the scenario presented in the article.

Arrow of time

Expand on the issue described in the article into a timeline of sorts and get students to describe the links between different events using economic theory.  Pay attention to any causal relationships that might exist.

Which of the following ways to learn Economics would be appealing to you?

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Gamifying Life

Happy new year. May 2016 be a blessed year for all of you.

While we are at New Year Resolutions, here’s a little formula for success that can perhaps get you a little bit more traction.

Pick any one particular aspect/domain of your life and ask yourself the following questions:

  • What does success in this domain look like and feel like? What are the processes that I can put in place to get me to/maintain that level of success? (If you do not know what processes are important, seek mentors and model after success. Mentors can be actual people you know or they can be books, videos, etc.)

    Think Bigger.