Workshop Description

Critically Thinking Like an Economist Online – ELEMENTARY Subjects

Help elementary school students improve comprehension across subjects while making better personal decisions using basic economic concepts and critical thinking tools.

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Virginia Tech Center for Economic Education

Sep 30, 2020
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Grade Level: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Potential Recertification Credits: 3

You don’t have to be an expert in [economics], but having the ability to think the way these experts do will help you tremendously.
–Bill Gates (2017), Microsoft Co-founder

This interactive, online professional development program will demonstrate easy synchronous and asynchronous instructional practices using basic economic concepts and reasoning tools (e.g., cost-benefit analysis, PACED decision-making, and economic way of thinking 6 principles) to engage students in critical and analytical thinking about any ELEMENTARY subject. Simple performance-based learning principles will be integrated to enhance student engagement and deepen authentic learning.  Teachers will be divided into small breakout groups to practice using these basic economic reasoning tools and brainstorm other applications to the subjects and students they teach.

Examples of student learning outcomes include: sharpening critical thinking; entertaining multiple perspectives; gaining a deeper, nuanced understanding of subject-specific content; making students’ thinking explicit for assessment purposes; using evidence to draw conclusions and make generalizations; explaining cause-and-effect relationships; and making more productive and prosperous everyday life decisions. Certificates of completion will be emailed to participants.


Additional Information:

Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants shortly before the program begins.

Instructor: Dr. Cheryl A. Ayers
Contact Person:
Dr. Cheryl A. Ayers
Center for Economic Education
Virginia Tech

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