May 01 2007

Successful Surgery – ready for the homestretch!

Published by at 6:32 pm under Uncategorized

Well, I’ve made it back in one piece after a five day “medical” vacation to Thailand. Four and a half hours under general anesthesia, two-titanium staples in my shoulder, and a bout 40 stitches to sew up the cut, and I’m back in business! Hopefully you all enjoyed your four day weekend in a more pleasant fashion than through a morphine haze in a hospital bed. But in all reality, the surgery couldn’t have gone better. By 11 am the morning after I felt much better and decided I didn’t need to spend a second night in the hospital, so I checked myself out and met some friends for brunch at Bangkok’s best breakfast place! Of course by 4 in the afternoon I was dying so retired to my friend’s apartment, popped some codeine and spent the rest of Sunday and the net day laying around watching DVDs trying to manage the pain.

Good news is I’m back in teaching form, just in time to lead my AP students on the homestretch towards their Micro and Macro exams, which are two weeks from this Thursday. Heads up, you can expect one long day of Economics, with the Macro exam at 8:00 am and the Micro exam at 12:00 noon. Both are in the high school gym. I should also alert you that calculators are NOT allowed on the exam, so as you complete practice FRQs and MC questions, try to do them without the help of a calculator. We’ll begin our review after this week’s Unit VI test, should have four or five class periods to review micro and macro. See you all in class!

About the author:  Jason Welker teaches International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Economics at Zurich International School in Switzerland. In addition to publishing various online resources for economics students and teachers, Jason developed the online version of the Economics course for the IB and is has authored two Economics textbooks: Pearson Baccalaureate’s Economics for the IB Diploma and REA’s AP Macroeconomics Crash Course. Jason is a native of the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and is a passionate adventurer, who considers himself a skier / mountain biker who teaches Economics in his free time. He and his wife keep a ski chalet in the mountains of Northern Idaho, which now that they live in the Swiss Alps gets far too little use. Read more posts by this author

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