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[Channel-talkeconomics] Cartels and other questions

From: Alicia Ross <aliciar@echoes.net>
Date: Sat Jul 15 2006 - 11:35:52 EDT
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Bill, Dave, and Renee,
I too liked the cartel lesson plan. I have heard about it from a few economics teachers from other schools and just didn't get around to doing this year. I am definitely going to make that a priority--especially with how confusing the oil market is and how it directly impacts seniors.
I also wanted to comment on the lesson plan "Why People Trade?" ( with the paper bags) I did this with my students for the first time this year after doing it at a teacher inservice. They loved it. I got a lot of stuff from the Oriental Trading Company. Cheap goofy stuff like little toys and stickers. i also used post it notes and fun pencils. You have stay pretty cheap or teaching economics gets expensive! I also tried to keep the items pretty similar until you opened it up to the whole class for trading. I used numbered paper bags so I passed them out in order so that students with bags #1-10 had limited variety and I had some different stuff in bags #11-20 (just as example). This took a fair amount time to set up, so I asked student to turn in the bags so that I could use them next year. I also used one color pen to mark the first half of the bags and then second half. I set up all 5 classes the day before. I expect it to take less of my labor next year. The kids really got it. I also had definitions on the board for NAFTA and the WTO and we connected the first step of the game represented trade within a country; the second was NAFTA or regional trade and when you could trade with the whole class, that was connected to the WTO.
I would just suggest that some of your least motivated students might benefit the most from these activities. Having said that, I know this year I had a student who could get disruptive and so on days of simulations, I needed to secure a promise from him that he would not disrupt the activity for others and if he couldn't he would have to leave. He did well after I employed the pull aside and give the warning strategy. I think he did like the lessons enough not to want to leave. There is always some risk to these lesson plans, but have found the disruptions are few and far between and often it is other students who will redirect that student!
Let me know what you think!

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