Fall 2011

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Fall 2011


It's a small world: Exogenous shocks and the U.S. economy

Using multimedia, T-shirts to teach globalization

Share the Wealth: Teaching tips for international economics

Upcoming Classroom Economist: Making sense of unemployment metrics

Beyond the economic textbook

Share the Wealth: Teaching economics to middle school students

Many learning styles, one goal

Next Classroom Economist explains monetary policy

Evening with the Fed: After the storm

The case of the ailing economy

Coming soon: the Classroom Economist on fractional banking

The importance of teaching the circular flow model

Share the Wealth: Three teachers strategies for presenting circular flow


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It's a small (and often shaky) world after all: Exogenous shocks in a global economy
11/3/11–Japan's triple disaster this past March took a horrific human toll and shook up economies around the world. Read how this exogenous shock disrupted the manufacturing sector in the United States.

Video logoInterview with Nobel Laureate Christopher Sims: Impact of globalization
Using multimedia—and T-shirts—to teach globalization
11/2/11–A variety of resources, including books, podcast, videos—and even the Made in tags attached to your students T-shirts—can launch your classroom discussions about globalization. Read more in the newest Extra Credit.
Share the Wealth: Teaching tips for international economics
11/2/11–As world trade shrinks the world, students must understand the basic concepts of international trade and global trade policies. Read the latest Extra Credit. to learn how other teachers use creative teaching methods to enhance their teaching of international economics.
Upcoming Classroom Economist: Making sense of unemployment metrics
11/2/11–Unemployment, most frequently used to measure the health of the economy, is a cornerstone in the study of macroeconomics. But can students make sense of the way it is measured and recorded? Coming in first-quarter 2012, the Classroom Economist will explain.
Beyond the economic textbook: Using popular nonfiction in the classroom
10/11/11–Looking for a way to take your class beyond the standard textbook? Engage your students while introducing them to real-world applications of economic theories by using popular nonfiction books on economics. Read more in the newest Extra Credit.
Share the Wealth: Teaching economics and personal finance concepts to middle school students
10/11/11–Middle school teachers: take your teaching to the next level by sharing important life skills information with your students. In this month's edition of Extra Credit, two southeastern educators share their ideas for ways to integrate economics and personal finance into the curriculum.
Many styles, one goal: Using learning style theory to achieve academic success in the middle grades
10/11/11–Middle schoolers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors—and they all approach learning in their own ways. This Extra Credit article looks at how some teachers handle different learning styles in the classroom.
Coming soon in the Classroom Economist: Understanding monetary policy
10/11/11–One of the most important concepts for students to learn, monetary policy is also one of the most difficult. The fourth-quarter edition of the Classroom Economist will provide numerous resources, including an economist's perspective, to help improve students' comprehension.
Evening with the Fed: After the storm—The long road to economic recovery
9/6/11–The Atlanta Fed and its branches invite you to join us at one of our annual Evening with the Fed events. Topics will include the national economic update and outlook, local and regional economic overview, and the Fed's actions to support the economy.
The case of the ailing economy
9/6/11–How do you engage your students in a real discussion of current economic conditions? Make the discussion a project. Here is an activity that gets them to hone their critical thinking skills.
Coming soon: Teach and learn with the Classroom Economist: Fractional reserve banking
9/6/11–Everyone knows what a bank is, but does everyone know how banks work? What happens to your deposit after you leave the bank? The third edition of the Classroom Economist looks into the fractional reserve banking system.
Go with the flow! Why teaching the circular flow model is so important
9/6/11–By teaching the circular flow model, teachers may be able to remediate the pervasive "us-versus-them" mentality that students witness in so many of today's discussions on the economy. This article presents a basic three-factor model and the model with the financial sector added in.
Share the Wealth: Three teachers' strategies for presenting circular flow
9/6/11–How many young consumers ponder the economic relationships between businesses and households? How many understand that this interaction is essential for market economies to function? Three Atlanta-area teachers share lessons and strategies for teaching circular flow.