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Monday, May 30, 2011

Not quite summer...

Although Commencement was last weekend, I've still been immersed in teaching. For starters, last Wednesday was SDSU's Course and Curriculum Design Institute's One Day in May symposium. The theme this year was 'Learning to Write, Writing to Learn' and I gave a presentation on my experience with SWoRD. FYI, my slides are available on slideshare (or the CDI wiki), and writing everything up is at the top of my summer blogging schedule. The short version is that it was a very bumpy semester and I'm not ready to recommend anyone else try it, at least not if you have other peer review options available to you...

I've also been getting ready for the AEA's National Conference on Teaching Economics and Research in Economic Education. I'll be participating in a panel on Team-Based Learning in the 3pm session on Wednesday, and another panel on teaching large classes in the 3:15pm session on Thursday (the full program can be found here). If you're attending, please come say hi! It looks like it will be a great conference - the only problem is there are so many different presentations I want to go to at the same time! For those who missed out on submitting something this year, or were not able to register before it filled up, there is already a call up for next year's (Second Annual) conference; deadline for proposals is December 1, 2011.

After the conference, I'll finally get a chance to work on all the stuff that doesn't get done during the school year. Hopefully, that will include getting caught up on blogging about all the new stuff I tried this year, as well as summarizing some of the research from the conference...


  1. Why doesn't someone publish some of these ideas for teaching economics, and preferably not in an inaccessible journal article.

    -High School teacher

  2. It's a good question. I think part of the reason is that there are few incentives for econ professors to publish anywhere other than journals. Another reason is that until recently, I don't think there was a place for people to easily make their ideas available. The Starting Point site is now a place for a lot of those ideas (see the link on my Resources for Teachers page or search for Starting Point - I wrote a post about it a few months ago).


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