May 29 2007

Hello future AP Economics students…

Published by at 5:05 pm under AP Economics,Teaching

Hello future AP Economics students,

As the school year comes to a close, I thought I’d send a short message to introduce myself and the other AP Econ teacher, Ms. Close (who many of you have had this year). We’re looking forward to a great year of econ next year; we think you will all find this class very interesting, exciting at times, and challenging always. If you do not know me or Ms. Close, please take a moment before school ends next week and introduce yourself, so we can put a face to your name!

As you likely know, AP Economics is a challenging course; it’s actually TWO challenging courses: one semester of Microeconomics and one of Macroeconomics. In fact, you will be sitting for not one but two AP exams in economics next May. To help prepare you for the first week of class, Ms. Close and I are asking you do complete a couple of simple tasks over the summer. No, we’re not giving you chapter from a text, and no you won’t be given a quiz on the first day of class; rather, we want to get an idea of what you already know about economics, and we want you to begin thinking like an economist before the first day of school next year.

Here’s your first assignment:

  • Follow this link to your class Wiki, and complete the assignment as described on the page.
  • Follow this link to your class Wiki, and read the course description and have a look at the course syllabuses for Micro and Macro.
  • Finally, follow this link to Welker’s Wikinomics Blog and have a look at some of the articles posted this year, which will give you an idea of what kinds of things you’ll learn in AP Econ. If you feel confident, post some comments to articles that look interesting to you; feel free to share your opinions, ideas or thoughts about the topics covered. This is where we are going, by next spring you will understand almost everything posted at this site!

If you really want to impress me or Ms. Close, visit a bookstore or this summer and pick up one of the following titles. These are books about Econ written for someone who doesn’t know much about Econ. These are fun, entertaining, and very interesting books that demonstrate how economics can be used to understand the world around us.

Finally, have a great summer and do not hesitate to contact Mr. Welker or Ms. Close with any questions! and -Mr. W

Kudos to Economan at for the book list!

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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  1. Linda Gesekon 05 Jun 2007 at 10:06 pm

    This sounds like a terrific idea. I intend to recommend part of it to our new AP Economics teacher. As the supervisor of the Social Studies department, I am always looking for new ways to generate interest in the courses we offer and to link students and teachers as well as students and materials. This seems like an important avenue. Also – I am interviewing for a new AP Economics teacher at Montgomery High School in Skillman, New Jersey. Our present teacher who teaches 4 sections – 110 students- is moving to North Carolina. If you are interested. Please contact me at or go to the school website to human resources for an application.