Share the Wealth
By George! I think they've got it!
Everyone enjoys a good mystery! Phrasing unit objectives
in the form of a question can be a creative way to pique student
During a recent teacher workshop at the Birmingham Branch of the Federal Reserve
Bank of Atlanta, the director of the University of Alabama
at Birmingham’s Center for Economic Education, Sarah
Culver, discussed ways to actively engage students through
the premise that economics is like solving a mystery. Culver
used materials from the National Council on Economic Education
to pose the question, “Why are we a nation of
The teachers in attendance were then asked to identify an economic mystery regarding exercise and diet. Through Culver’s guidance and their own deductive skills, the participants discovered that human behavior can be influenced by choices, costs, incentives, rules, voluntary exchanges, and future consequences.
Julie Long, economic and financial education representative,