Welcome! Here you'll find a daily record of class activities and assignments, with the most recent class day at the top.

HERE'S THE LINK TO THE STOCK MARKET GAME: http://www.marketwatch.com/game/bhs-spring-15

Tuesday, May 19
Today, we:
  • completed the final exam
  • took some notes on possible outcomes of revenue and expenditures at the federal level

Monday, May 18
Today, we:
  • Honed our understanding of the 2016 Budget proposal using an awesome Prezi Ms. Barrett made:

Friday, May 14:
Today, we:
  • Completed our initial thoughts federal budgeting and the possible consequences of our choices (use the directions to finish the white sheet we got on Monday, or print one from the Monday posting and complete)

Wednesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 14 (BLOCK DAY)
Today, we:
  • Took the Oral Exam - grades are posted

Tuesday, May 12:
Today, we:
  • Turned in projects
  • Reviewed for the Oral Exam

Monday, May 11
Today, we:
  • Took notes on the process for developing the federal budget
  • Began thinking of how we might handle the budget ourselves using this sheet (we will complete on Friday):

Friday, May 8
Today, we:
  • Viewed a short program by the Fed regarding some of their activities in times of emergency, and filled out a program guide for participation (if absent, print guide and complete by watching below - turn in upon return):

  • Took notes on the differences between fiscal and monetary policy, which helps answer one of the Macro Oral Exam questions:
Fiscal and Monetary policy notes on differences.jpg

Wednesday, May 6 and Thursday, May 7 (BLOCK DAY)
Today, we:
  • Finished our notes on money (get from a friend or see me)
  • Made sure we had all the terms and ideas straight with a review sheet (from section 1 of chapter 13) that also addressed how banking has evolved (section 3 of chapter 13):
  • Read about the FED and answered some questions that are on the final (you'll see the questions along the right margin of the reading - either answer in the margin or underline the answers in the text as you read):

Tuesday, May 5
Today, we:
  • Took the EC Quiz
  • Learned some interesting facts about US Currency
  • Began taking notes on the functions, characteristics, and types of money using many visual examples

Monday, May 4
Today, we:
  • Reviewed due dates - project due 5/12, Oral Exam 5/13 for periods 1 and 3 and 5/14 for period 8, final on 5/19
  • Worked on thinking about modern examples of how the government continues to grow or might potentially get smaller (if you were gone, complete front ASAP and complete back by 5/8 for participation):
  • Remember, there's an extra credit quiz on Tuesday 5/5 about the gold paper handed out on 5/1 and the terms you received about inflation!

Friday, May 1 - some people "ditched"
Today, we:
  • Finished up inflation sheet and turned in
  • Looked at how economists deal with income inequality and the challenges of poverty (read section 3 of chapter 11 and complete 1-5 on a sheet of paper)
  • Practiced figuring the Lorenz Curve and the Gini Coefficient
  • Got a paper that could be valuable next week that is in the bin in the classroom

Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, April 30 (BLOCK DAY)
Today, we:

Tuesday, April 28
  • Everyone worked on projects while the Juniors took the ACT....RIGHT?!?!

Monday, April 27
Today, we:

Friday, April 24
Today, we:

Thursday, April 23
Today, we:

Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22 (45th anniversary of Earth Day) (BLOCK DAY)
Today, we:
  • completed work on the wise use of credit with our Sharky Partners (paragraph assignment in previous post - if you were absent, have purple sheet to turn in upon return)
  • Worked in small groups to capture the essence of several additional PFL (Buying a House, Renting an Apartment, Different Types of Insurance, Identity Theft, Consumer Fraud, Charitable Giving, Online Shopping, Taxes, and Managing Large Amounts of Debt) topics, to be used by the class on Thursday.

Friday, April 17
Today, we:
  • Completed our work on deciphering credit card offers and the economics of paying pack credit card debt (if you were absent, please complete this sheet at home for your financial literacy portfolio):
  • Began working with Sharky Partners on this prompt (if you were absent, we'll finish this Monday):With your partner, compose two paragraphs that give your advice on how to use credit wisely addressing both the benefits and possible drawbacks/pitfalls/things to watch out for; your paragraph should incorporate ALL five of the vocabulary words from your purple book sheet from section 9.4 (use the vocabulary words correctly in a sentence – i.e., “becoming overextended through credit card use can lead to bankruptcy.”), use two ideas/examples from your documentary guide, at least one example or idea from your work deciphering your credit application, AND at least one example or idea from your work at the computer about credit card interest.

Wednesday, April 15 and Thursday, April 16 (BLOCK day)
Today, we:
  • Gathered facts and terminology from the textbook about how people employ credit
  • Viewed part of a documentary about the history of credit cards and some ominous laws affecting them (for makeup, go here and watch the video to 36:32 (about a half hour of it), filling out the guide as you watch. This is part of your financial literacy portfolio, so everyone needs to finish it.
  • Began working with our sharky tasty partners (with, unfortunately, no proof that one has ever eaten a Mantis Shrimp) on deciphering a credit card offer (see me upon return for make-up)

Tuesday, April 14
Today, we:
  • Reflected on our experience in the Virtual Stock Market Game using a set of specific sentence starters
    • (this reflection was handed in as part of the Personal Financial Literacy Portfolio - if you were absent complete and turn in Wednesday or Thursday, please) stock.PNG
  • Had time to work on the assignment from yesterday concerning mergers and downsizing (see previous post), DUE Wednesday 4/15 or Thursday 4/16 depending on your block period

Monday, April 13
Today, we:
  • Reviewed the details of each project option
  • reflected about the project that sounds most interesting right now
  • received a review concerning mergers and their impact on the US economy, DUE Wednesday the 15th or Thursday the 16th depending on your block:

Friday, April 3
Today, we:
  • Completed "Mr. Miami Beach"
  • Received the 3 project options, DUE JUST ABOUT ONE MONTH AFTER SPRING BREAK ENDS:
  • Over break, work on oral exam questions and think about project options (or maybe even work on one of them!)
  • Here's a screencast about how to use Crocodoc, since we didn't get much time to talk (the other projects don't involve a tech resource you haven't used before) - the only change in the video is that the website is now personal.crocodoc.com.

Wednesday, April 1 and Thursday, April 2 (BLOCK day)
Today, we:
  • Finished taking notes on different ways to set up a business (if you were absent, see me or a friend for the notes)
  • Discussed some agreed-upon typical "traits" of entrepreneurs and discussed a number of individuals who embody those traits:
  • Began watching "Mr. Miami Beach" - if you were absent, see me for make-up.

Tuesday, March 31
Today, we:
  • worked a bit on the assignment from yesterday (AGAIN, DUE FRIDAY)
  • Began taking notes on various ways to set up a business in the US (get from bin and see a friend for make-up, we'll complete Wed/Thurs)

Monday, March 30
Today, we:
  • took our final notes about investment terminology and the nature of short, medium and long term planning (get from a friend or see me)
  • Began working on a chart that outlines the conditions of various types of investments (use the reading and pp 196-199 to complete the chart - we'll work a bit on it on Tues): (will not be collected, answers final question on MICRO oral exam sheet)
  • got a take-home assignment (DUE FRIDAY) that asks you to think through some of your goals and how you can get there:

Friday, March 27
Today, we:
  • Worked on the stock tutorial from Wednesday's post (DUE MONDAY FOR PFL PORTFOLIO CREDIT, NO LATE WORK ACCEPTED)
  • Managed our virtual stock portfolios

Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26 (BLOCK DAYS)
Today, we:

Tuesday, March 24
Today, we:
  • Took more notes on investing, specifically investing in the stock market (see a friend or me to get the notes)
  • Got started in our Stock Market adventure: (if you were absent, use the directions to sign up and read about the game)

Monday, March 23
Today, we:
  • Took notes on how economics views the topic/act of saving (get notes from me or a friend)
  • Worked on practicing compound interest (if you were absent, complete for Tuesday using the information on the sheet):

Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18
On these days, we:
  • Took the midterm in two parts
  • worked on the first piece of our Personal Financial Literacy portfolio, DUE ON MONDAY MARCH 23 (if you were absent, see document for directions and use two pieces of white 8.5x11 paper folded into fourths to complete - we used a piece of 11x17 paper folded into 8ths):

HEY! Start reviewing concepts and terms that will be on the midterm using these sets of Quizlet Flashcards! (Please do not print at school)And you can also use this review to prepare! And try this to match up ideas about Elasticity!
Thursday, March 12 and Monday, March 16 (PARCC TESTING DAYS)
In our brief but productive time today, we:
  • Reviewed for the midterm (see above for helpful links)
Wednesday, March 11
Today, we:
  • worked on our papers, DUE on TUESDAY, MARCH 17

Tuesday, March 10
Today, we:

Monday, March 9
Today, we:
  • Collected the shifter drawing practice done on Friday for participation points, and handed out answers to study:
  • Reviewed the paper assignment for Wednesday and discussed how to write the paper - if you were absent or need review, check out this video:

Friday, March 6
Today, we:
  • Completed the 5th quiz/turned in the 5th assignment
  • Worked on drawing out the shifters we learned this week on notebook paper using a guide (we did "Apples" together:
    Here's how the first one should look when you've done all 5 steps.
    ,then you need to choose 9 more to complete, for a total of 10 that you should have done by Monday, March 9 - just follow the directions at the top):
  • Received the paper assignment - bring your children's book to class on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, and the paper is DUE on TUESDAY, MARCH 17:

Wednesday, March 4 and Thursday, March 5 (BLOCK DAY)
Today, we:
  • Completed our partner work reviewing the 11 Demand and Supply shifters
  • Reviewed the Shifters by playing a "bingo" game
  • Remember, article assignment is DUE/BE READY for the quiz on Friday, March 6!

Tuesday, March 3
Today, we:

Monday, March 2 (the Midterm is in 15 days!)
Toady, we:

Friday, February 27
Today, we:
  • Reviewed the results of the Market in Wheat Practice (see previous post) - if you were absent, ask me about it or get info from a friend
  • Worked from the book to gather information about how government intervention can affect market equilibrium (complete for Monday on own paper):

Thursday, February 26
Today, we:
  • Practiced speaking the language of prices by buying and selling bushels of wheat and in some cases winning fabulous prizes
  • Took a sheet home for HOMEWORK - graph the two sets of data and answer the three questions at the top before Friday.

Tuesday, February 24
Today, we:
  • nearly completed the notes on the price system via our presentations (get from a friend or me if you were absent) - we'll finish Thursday

Monday, February 23
Today, we:
  • Took the 4th quiz/turned in the 4th article assignment
  • Began poster presentations (get notes from me or a friend)

Friday, February 20
Today, we:
  • Created posters about the features of the price system, which we'll present beginning Monday
  • HOMEWORK: 4th Article Assignment/Study for 4th Quiz (see previous post)

Wednesday, February 18 and Thursday, February 19 (BLOCK DAY)
Today, we:

Tuesday, February 17
Today, we:

Monday, February 16

Friday, February 13
Today, we:
  • Worked on a personal collection of images related tot he supply and demand concepts we've learned so far (we'll work on it again on Tuesday - if you were absent, create your Padlet wall and try to get through number 6 on the list):

Wednesday, February 11 and Thursday, February 12 (BLOCK DAY)
Today, we:
  • Learned about the concepts of Diminishing Marginal Utility using M&Ms and the concept of Diminishing Marginal Returns using page 87 in the book (look up both in the book if you were absent and get the sheet form the bin)
  • Took notes on the determinants of elasticity as they relate to supply and demand (get blank from bin and copy from a friend, or see me)

Tuesday, February 10
Today, we:
  • Finished and discussed the questions about the nature of supply (see previous post)
  • Worked with a partner to review some basic concepts about about supply and demand (reviewed income effect, substitution effect, and costs of production vs. profits)

Monday, February 9
Today, we:
Discussed a few issues from the book questions from Friday - ask a friend or me if you were absent
  • Discussed how many hours per week (out of 40) we'd be willing to tutor others in Economics (since they didn't have such an awesome teacher) - if you were absent, get a sheet from the bin and at least get info from a friend so you can see what we were thinking about
  • Began working on these additional questions about the nature of supply (if you were absent, get to #3):

Friday, February 6
Today, we:

Wednesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 5 (BLOCK DAY)
Today, we:
  • Completed the third assessment/turned in the third article assignment
  • Worked with our Sharky Smelly partners on an entrepreneurial venture that we'll continue Friday (get a sheet from the basket in the classroom upon return and we'll get you caught up in class)

Tuesday, February 3
Today, we:

Monday, February 2
Today, we:
  • Discussed some factors that economists agree tends to lead to long term economic growth
  • Took notes on the 5 features of the US economy from section 2 of chapter 2 (write each down, then write an explanation of that feature as well as a personal example of how that feature plays a role in your own life)
  • Recieved the third article assignment/quiz, DUE Wednesday February 4 or Thursday, February 5, depending on your class period (Quiz is over sections 1 and 2 of chapter 2, Chapter 16, and the notes over Social Goals and long term economics growth):

Friday, January 30
Today, we:
  • Finished discussing our mystery nations and talked about the "real ones" - if you were absent, at least look over the answers and think about the range of GPD Per Capita values represented. Nation N is the lowest in the world, and Nation ) is the highest:

Wednesday, January 28 and Thursday, January 29 (BLOCK DAY)
Today, we:
  • Created visual representations of the various economic systems read about in the textbook, and then reflected on how the visuals accurately represented the truths about the system (see me for makeup)
  • Saw a terrifying image related to the practice of finning, which undoubtedly makes sharks feel very sad, and worked with our sharky feely partners about some mystery nations (we'll finish Friday)

Tuesday, January 27
Today, we:
  • Completed our group work in Google using the 2015 SOTU
  • Received an organizer about how different economic systems work, DUE next time (on the block day that you have Econ - read about traditional, command, and market systems in the first few pages of Chap 2, Sec 1 (page 26 is pretty helpful) and write at least two details in the "features of life" box about what that system would like like in action - how would people take care of themselves and their families? Who is in charge? What's going on in place that use that system on a daily basis? For the side with communism, capitalism, and socialism, use CHAPTER 16, beginning of page 377 - use all four sections of the chapter. The answers on the back side of the paper are similar, but more complicated and nuanced - add enough detail that no answer on the "front" and "back" are the same.

Monday, January 26
Today, we:
  • worked in our groups on the assignment in the Google Drive (from Friday) - see me if you were absent

Friday, January 23
Today, we:
  • Connected the discussions we had with our sharky partners to the broad social goals of economics, and read about those goals (complete this sheet if you were absent):
  • Began an assignment applying these goals to the recent SOTU (the assignment is in your school Google Drive; if you were absent, review the directions and you can start with us Monday)

Wednesday, January 21 and Thursday, January 22 (BLOCK DAY)
Today, we:
  • Completed the 2nd Quiz/Turned in the 2nd article assignment
  • Briefly reviewed the idea of Marginal Thinking from last week
  • Discussed our opinions on a variety of topics related to how people live using our likely life-long sharky partners (if you were absent, never fear! You have partners! Just check the bin in the classroom for your sheet!)
  • If you want to follow the Shark Location Twitter, here it is, and you can find a first-person retelling of the Swissy and e-Dog story here and some really awesome shark jumping vids here; then get back to work.

Friday, January 16
Today, we:
  • Completed the form that details from whom we hope to receive diplomas from, etc (SEE ME FOR MAKEUP)
  • Completed and discussed the Marginal Thinking practice problems we introduced last time:
  • HOMEWORK: Study for Quiz/Complete Article assignment for first class back from the long weekend!

Wednesday, January 14 and Thursday, January 15 (BLOCK DAY)
Today, we:
  • Reviewed the concepts of utility and value (from the gray Chapter 1 section 4 book guide) using one extreme example (if you were absent, click the link, and watch the video from 6:00 to 10:45) and a few other examples (like selling a kidney on eBay, the red paper clip and Steven Ortiz)
  • Received the 2nd assignment, DUE on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21 or THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, DEPENDING ON YOUR CLASS PERIOD) - if you are taking the quiz, study all the notes from chapter 1/Chapter 1 of the book:
  • Talked a little about "Local Lake," and used our thoughts to introduce Marginal Thinking (take a look at this PowerPoint to get the gist of the discussion): - we'll finish marginal thinking on Friday after entering our graduation preferences into the computer (yes, this is happening Friday!) - meet in the IMC for class instead of the classroom.

Tuesday, January 13
Today, we:
  • Completed our practice of Production Possibilities and defined Comparative Advantage
  • Completed/began discussing a book guide to gather information about section 4 of chapter 1 (starts on page 15, complete for homework if needed):

Monday, January 12
Today, we:
  • Took the first quiz/completed the first assignment
  • Completed the practice side of the purple sheet received on Friday (see me or a friend for makeup and get both sheets from bin in room).

Friday, January 9
Today, we:

Wednesday, January 7 and Thursday, January 8 (block day):
Today, we:
  • Reviewed the factors of production and applied them to a specific good or service (if you were absent, click here, choose a video, and fill out the bottom of your Factors worksheet based on the video you choose - if you're in 3rd period, the worksheet I'm referring to is posted below).
  • Went over the class expectations (syllabus posted above)
  • Read pp 8-10 and answered 1 and 3 in the section review (found on p10) on our own paper
  • Added an answer to the question, "how does a specific company you're familiar with answer the three basic questions?"

Tuesday, January 6
Today, we:
  • Discussed the levels of depth we will learn about Economics in
  • Took notes on the basics of economics through the lens of TNSTAAFL (get from a classmate if you were absent)
  • Read pages 4-6 in the book and complete the top of this sheet (leave everything under the words "application exercise" blank for class next time