Thursday, March 29, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Gone at Minnesota State Boys Basketball Tournament!

There will be no new posting from Monday March 19th - Sunday March 25th!

Reason:  Our High School boys team made it to the Minnesota State Boys Basketball Tournament and I am one of the Assistant Coaches.  Wish us the best of luck!  (Also, these boys are Academic Section Champions too.)  Luckily I have an excellent student teacher in Matt Baker who will hold down the fort when I am gone.  (If you have an opening at your school you may need to check him out.  He is able to teach regular and AP Economics, email me if interested.)

Free Trade Article

Ready, set, free trade with South Korea!

$150,000 for the Good Life?

The basics, some extras, savings: You need $150,000 a year

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cash Mobs

Organized 'cash mobs’ give local businesses a cash infusion

(click here for the article)

Here is a question to pose to students:  Is this a short term or long term solution for struggling businesses?  Explain

B Corporations

Paul Solman Video

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Economics of the Cash Mob

Organized 'cash mobs’ give local businesses a cash infusion

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Solman on Gas Prices

Why Am I Paying So Much at the Pump?
(click here for the article)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Olympic Golds

U.S. Athletes to Win Most Olympic Golds in London, Economic Model Predicts

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Gas Prices, Cooking Oil and Substitutes?

Rising gas prices create smoking-hot demand for cooking oil

Bratwurst Supply and Demand

Nuremberg bratwurst costs more because of Iran tension

(click here for the article)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Another Good Article to Introduce and Discuss Price Ceilings

Gas prices must come down, consumers say

(click here for the article)  Remember price ceilings cause shortages and a whole lot of other problems!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Market for Chocolate Milk

Chocolate milk makers now target grown-up athletes

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Good Substitution Article

More diners order water at restaurants

Good Article on GDP

Brazil's economy tops United Kingdom's

Monday, March 5, 2012

Cheese Supply and Demand

Pepper Jack sales soar as buyers say spicy cheese, please

Friday, March 2, 2012

The FED and Interest Rates

Fed to keep rates low until 2014
(click here for the article) 
Below is the note I provided for my AP Students for their class blog with this article:

Why is the FED committing itself to a lower Federal Funds Rate?  Also, I would make a habit of visiting the FED News link on the bottom of your blog once a week from now until test day.  Reason being the FED is a topic students can struggle with and these stories could help put things into perspective on its behavior and role in our economy.  (FED NEWS LINK FROM CNNMONEY)

Micro: A brief lesson in supply and demand

Chevrolet's Volt Sales Running Low, GM Idles the Line

(click here for the article)

Below is the information I posted for my AP Micro students on their blog.  (I am thinking about trying to work something in about the shutdown rule and decreasing production with costs curves later in the semester too.)

How does this relate to supply and demand?  We will also maybe use this article a few different ways due to its description of many upcoming economic concepts.  

High Speed Rail Debate

Will Brown's Vision for High-Speed Rail in California Stay on Track?

Thursday, March 1, 2012