Saturday, October 3, 2009

AP Economics Website -- David Mayer

Summary: A look at one teacher's website to develop economic skills for teachers and students.

When a teacher has passion for a subject, it shows in their teaching. David Mayer is a teacher with a passion for economics. Mr. Mayer uses every tool for reaching his students. Who else would plan a trip to Costa Rica for his students!

“Check out what we did on Facebook last May. I put together a Facebook AP Macro/Micro review for the two evenings before the AP Exam. We had 100’s of posts from all over the United States and the world,” writes Mayer in an email. His website is here.

If you have a question on multipliers or GDP, Mr. Mayer has a Virtual Tutor in which you interact directly with him. You’ll also find videos, lesson plans, PowerPoints, and more.
I have found that teaching economics must include what to teach, how to teach it, and what audience is your instruction targeted for.  In addition, textbooks and materials reflect each author's philisophical interpretation.  Public schools often have many institutional challenges such as state testing that might interrupt daily instruction.  So I have found that I need every resource all of the time to meet the needs of my students.  Mr. Mayer's website is one of those resources.

About the Author: Mike Fladlien is an AP Economics teacher from Muscatine High School in Muscatine, Iowa. He is an author, and blogs at Mikeroeconomics.  Currently, Mr. Fladlien is waiting for the release of his iPod app--EconExamCram due shortly. 


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