May 25 2007

AP students to major in Economics

Published by at 3:06 pm under Education,Teaching

Months ago I made a deal with my 35 AP Econ students. I vowed that at the end of the year, if they had decided that they would study economics in college, they would be rewarded with a small prize from Mr. Welker. My original intention was to get copies of my favorite “everyday” economics books and give a copy to everyone who intended to major in Econ in college, but then realized I would not have anyway of knowing how many students that would be. So, when I was in Bangkok a month ago, I picked up six copies (two each) of three of my favorite “fun” econ reads: Freakonomics, The Undercover Economist and Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.

As of this afternoon, eight students indicated their intention to major in Economics, so eight names went into the hat, and six came out. I’m proud to announce the winners:

  • Heidi Chai and Chris Park won because they attended our Saturday review session before the AP Exams and were entered in a drawing there.
  • Will Moeller (who will be returning to Michigan for his senior year next year) is the proud owner of Freakonomics.
  • Vincent Lin (attending Johns Hopkins), Chris Eldred (Wharton Business School) and Helen Wu (Wellesley College) were the last three whose names came out of the hat. They’ll be given their books tomorrow at graduation!

Congratulations to you all. It’s been a great year and you’ll be missed! I hope you continue to enjoy your econ studies in college, and I hope you will keep in touch with your AP teacher in the great years ahead! -Mr. W

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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