Guidelines for the Metacognitive Activities

Framework for the Abstract Metacognitive Activities:

* What are the major concepts defined in this topic?

 

Why do you believe they are major rather than minor concepts?

Can you define them in your own words?

Can you apply each to a situation different from that presented in class or the book?

* What are the major theories or models introduced in this topic?

Why do you believe they are major rather than minor theories?

Can you apply each to an issue or problem different from that presented in class or the book?

* What are the major institutional findings or facts presented in this chapter?

Why do you believe they are major rather than minor findings or facts?

Can you apply each to a situation different from that presented in class or the chapter?

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Second Assignment

If you researched McCain’s economic position, do this assignment on Obama’s economic position.

If you researched Obama’s economic position, do this assignment on McCain’s economic position.

(If you did both, chose one to do for this assignment.)

Take one specific policy position, and identify all the questions we would need to answer about how to evaluate the policy position. For example, one of John McCain’s positions is that we need immediate relief for the high gas prices facing American families. He plans to lower gas prices by telling those who control oil that America’s dependence of foreign oil will come to an end which will lower gas prices.

Two questions that we would need to answer to evaluate this position are:

  • How are gasoline prices determined?

  • What is the role of government in determining gas prices?

Bring your list of questions (along with the policy position they refer to) to class on Wednesday.

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First Assignment!

Find a partner and write a brief summary of John McCain’s and Barack Obama’s proposals for economic policy, if elected. The summary should be no more than two pages double-spaced (roughly one page for each). The summary should be written in your own words, and should include references (e.g. the url) for where you obtained the information. Each partner should be prepared to discuss in class the work of the other partner. In other words, if you researched Obama’s economic positions, you should be able to present McCain’s.

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Extra Credit End-of-Course Survey

The Waymaker modules that we have used this semester as a text are part of an experiment to improve content resources to enhance student learning.  In order to see what works, we need to know how you used the Waymaker software.  To that end, I would really appreciate your completing the following survey.  If you do, I will give you extra credit towards your final grade.

I won’t get access to the survey results until after grades go in so nothing you say will affect your grade in this course.  I want to know what you genuinely think and how you actually used Waymaker.  I will not look at how any one person responds to any of the questions.  Your candid responses will help future students in ECON 201 not just at UMW but around the country.  Thanks very much!

The end-of-course survey is here.

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Scavenger Hunt

Please explore the course website to find the answers to the following questions.

  1. Where is Dr. Greenlaw’s office and when are his office hours?
  1. What are the yellow boxes on the Visual Syllabus?
  1. How many weeks into the semester is the first exam?
  1. What gets counted in your Homework & Class Participation grade?
  1. What is the reading for Week 7 of this course?

Please submit your answers by email no later than 5pm on Friday!

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Welcome!

Welcome to ECON 201, Principles of Macroeconomics!

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Answer Key for First Exam

  1. d
  2. d
  3. d
  4. a
  5. b
  6. c
  7. b
  8. b
  9. b
  10. d
  11. a
  12. b
  13. d
  14. b
  15. e
  16. a
  17. a
  18. b
  19. a
  20. e
  21. b
  22. b
  23. d
  24. d
  25. c
  26. e
  27. d
  28. c
  29. d
  30. d

 

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Why French Winemakers are Seeing the World Through Rose-colored Glasses

Listen to this story from NPR, and see if you can illustrate the story with supply & demand curves.

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Apropos our recent discussion of the liberal arts & sciences

Check out this:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/08/30/why-the-tech-world-highly-values-a-liberal-arts-degree/?tid=pm_local_pop_b

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Scavenger Hunt – Due Friday!

The course website/syllabus explains the most important things you need to know for this course.  To that end, here is a scavenger hunt to help you learn those things.  The answers can be found from the website.

o   How do you send Prof. Greenlaw an anonymous comment?

o   What do the blue boxes show on the Visual Syllabus?

o   How many weeks until the first exam?

o   What grade will you get for Class Participation if you miss a noticeable amount of class?

o   The second required reading for Topic 10 is from where?

o   Extra Credit: Who is the lead content expert on your textbook?

Answers to the scavenger hunt should be emailed to me by class time this Friday.  Your score will be credited to your homework & class participation grade.

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