Does It Have To Be Boring?

June 1, 2011 at 10:05 am Leave a comment

Our first Econ exam focused on the first two chapters, and I have to say it was pretty dry. Lots of definitions and memorization, and I can see how a student could walk away with little to no understanding of economics. I could see a student giving up and dropping the course.

Good reminder for me that the beginning of a course is so important. As instructors we only have one chance to light a fire under our students, one chance to inspire and motivate our students, one chance to get our students to buy in.

I teach Intro Statistics frequently, and the first unit in Econ is pretty similar to the first unit in Stats. Lots of definitions, lots of big picture ideas. How do you get students involved? Don’t teach them about conducting a survey, have them actually conduct a survey of their own. Present problems that require statistical thinking and let them devise a plan for a solution rather than just telling them what to do.

This Econ class is going to help me to be a better instructor, no doubt!

– George

I am a math instructor at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA. If there’s a particular topic you’d like me to address, or if you have a question or a comment, please let me know. You can reach me through the contact page on my website – http://georgewoodbury.com.

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