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Which U.S. President generated the highest budget deficits? part of Teaching Methods:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Students compare budget deficits and surpluses generated between 1969 and 2008 measured in nominal terms and then as a percentage of GDP.

What is the opportunity cost of attending class? part of Teaching Methods:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Students calculate the opportunity cost of attending one class. The exercise reinforces learning about implicit, explicit and total opportunity costs.

The US economy during your lifetime part of Teaching Methods:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Students predict the best graphical representation of US real GDP/capita during the last twenty years, choosing from graphs showing: cyclical decline, cyclical change with no net change, cyclical increase, or erratic wide fluctuations. Using actual US data, students graph real GDP/capita to find out the actual pattern: a rising series with periodic dips, not a flat series, a falling series, or a highly erratic series as students often predict. Students then reflect on why this pattern is often misunderstood and why it may not fully describe the well-being of the US population.

A Cooperative Learning Approach to Policy Debates (with Application to an Economics of Poverty and Discrimination Class) part of Teaching Methods:Cooperative Learning:Examples
This activity utilizes a cooperative learning approach to in-class policy debates.

Think-Pair-Share: Analyzing changes in supply & demand and predicting impacts on equilibrium part of Teaching Methods:Cooperative Learning:Examples
An exercise designed to facilitate understanding of supply and demand shifts as well as impacts on market outcomes with follow up exercises covering these and related concepts.

Send-a-problem: Making the connection between data and models part of Teaching Methods:Cooperative Learning:Examples
The send-a-problem activity helps students make a connection between real world data and theoretical models.

An Extended Think-Pair-Share Application: Trends in the U.S. Wage Structure part of Teaching Methods:Cooperative Learning:Examples
This activity uses a think-pair-share approach to helping students connect observations about disparate changes in the market for skilled/unskilled labor to long-run trends in wage inequality.

Think-Pair-Share Activity for Understanding Price Controls part of Teaching Methods:Cooperative Learning:Examples
An exercise designed to facilitate understanding of the impacts of price controls on market outcomes, with a follow up exercise covering these and related concepts.

Using cooperative peer editing to improve writing assignments in economics part of Teaching Methods:Cooperative Learning:Examples
This peer review of writing tool helps students improve their writing by asking their peers in the class to provide feedback in a constructive manner.

Think-pair-share: Functions of money part of Teaching Methods:Cooperative Learning:Examples
This cooperative learning activity helps students gain a deeper understanding of the three functions of money and provides practice applying those ideas to real-life items.