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10 Tips for Teaching an Effective AP Economics Course (This guide is adapted from the Advanced Placement Economics Teacher Resource Manual from the National Council on Economic Education and authored by John S. Morton. You can purchase a copy of Advanced Placement Economics on the NCEE Store .) If you were recently assigned to teach an AP Economics course, you know it’s a daunting task! You’re being asked to teach at a higher level than before, and the school administration will see the scores of your students. And if you’re a veteran teacher, you’re always looking for ways to challenge your students and to keep your curriculum in top-notch shape. Here are a few tips from expert AP Economics teachers that will help you be successful… and give your students the skills they need to take the AP Economics exams with confidence. 1. Order AP Publications from the College Board You’ll need to build a curriculum foundation for your AP Economics course. The College Board is your first stop for these 4 “must have” publications: a. The AP Economics Course Description (Acorn Book) provides a detailed outline of content areas for the AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics Examinations. The percentage goals for the multiple-choice questions are very important. For example, if 8% to 12% of the Microeconomics Test is on basic economics questions and the exam has 60 questions, expect 5 to 7 questions on this topic. The Acorn Book also has sample multiple-choice and free-response questions. Tip: You can purchase the 2005-2006 Acorn book on the College Board Store . Bonus tip: You can download the Acorn book for free on the AP Economics: Micro Course Page and the AP Economics: Macro Course Page . Just click on the “AP Economics Course Description” link under “Course Information. b. The latest released exam has that exam’s multiple-choice questions and answer key as well as the free-response questions with scoring rubrics, sample student responses and scoring commentary. There is also statistical information about student performance. Tip: The sample exams are excellent practice for the real exams. c. The Microeconomics and Macroeconomics Teacher’s Guides have information on starting an AP Economics course, techniques and strategies for teaching the course, sample outlines for high school and college courses, and a bibliography of textbooks and other resources. d. Each year the free-response questions, the scoring rubrics and sample answers are available through the College Board’s regional offices or on the College Board Web site.
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You’ll find the latest on prices and how to order these College Board publications on the College Board store . 2. Get Teacher Training The College Board offers several AP Economics workshops that will provide you with professional development for teaching AP Economics courses, and are designed for both new and experienced teachers.
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