Workshop Description

Critically Thinking Like an Economist Online – SECONDARY Subjects

Learn easy a/synchronous instructional practices using basic economic concepts and reasoning tools to engage students in critical thinking about any SECONDARY subject.

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Virginia Tech Center for Economic Education

Sep 29, 2020
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Registration Deadline: September 25, 2020
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
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 SECONDARY subject.  Simple performance-based learning principles will be integrated to enhance student engagement and deepen authentic learning for success in the workplace and higher education by developing the 5 C’s and Profile of a Virginia Graduate skills. Teachers from across Virginia 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 and critical literacy skills; entertaining multiple perspectives; gaining a deeper, nuanced understanding of subject-specific content; achieving a multidisciplinary understanding of current events; laying the groundwork for authentic discussions and civil debates; casting informed votes; making students’ thinking explicit for assessment purposes; analyzing and synthesizing primary and secondary sources; using evidence to draw conclusions and make generalizations; articulating and defending positions using content vocabulary; comparing and contrasting historical, cultural, and political perspectives; 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
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Dr. Cheryl A. Ayers
Center for Economic Education
Virginia Tech

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