Tag Archives: Teaching

#Economics 101 ~ Absolute Advantage, Comparative Advantage, and the PPF

1 Oct

*As always, this is not intended to be professional advice. This was written with ESL students in mind, designed for a basic #Economics class. We simply hope that it may be helpful to other students trying to understand the concept.

UNDERSTANDING THE PPF

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The two lines you see up above are called Product Possibility Frontiers or the PPF.

Situation: Vietnam (越南) and Thailand (泰国) both are given $500 to make Swords (剑) or Bows & Arrows (弓箭). Because their money is limited (有限) (there is an end to the money), both countries need to decide how many they should make. Problem: if they spend money on swords, that means less money for bows and arrows. And if they spend money on bows and arrows, that means less money available for swords. It’s a CHOICE (or in economics — a TRADE-OFF).

They have three choices: 1) Make only Swords. 2) Make only Bows and Arrows. 3) Make some of both.

The green line (Vietnam) shows all the possible combinations (组合) that Vietnam can make if it uses ALL the money ($500). Continue reading

All Rise for the Monthly Reading of the Cute Boy Band Memorandum!

25 Aug

Someone’s Hot Guys Magazine came in yesterday!
And by someone, I mean the 3 female students sitting in front of me in the auditorium. And by hot guys, I mean a boy band group of some type. Three magazines filled with pictures of the boy band group being all awesome and, according to a credible source (aka Girl #1) ‘wow!’. The girls were so excited, sharing the magazines between them and already folding down faves. Then break struck and the rest of their crew arrived to check it out. Lol, I haven’t seen so much fangirling since the tall French boy came for study abroad and had the girls hanging out in the Bridge Café to watch him. 🤣😂
#TeachingisFun #TheYoungandtheRestless #GoogleyEyes #Fangirls

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The End of the Future — When You’re a student anyway

15 May
Supposed to meet a student today to talk about how to study for the final (he had a hard time on the middle exam). Super easy.
 
Student — 26 messages including 14 horror faces 😱 9 sobbing faces 😭 and 3 weeping piggies.
 
Me — Darlin! Are you okay? Is the world over? Has life ended?!?
 
Student — TEACHER! (more sobbing faces) . . . My building had no power (true). My phone died and I didn’t get the alarm. I went to sleep and I forgot our meeting! Will I pass the test!?! Will I fail!?! Dear teacher, what should I do! (Another weeping piggy).
 
Me — Darlin — no fears, there’s this awesome fun word called RESCHEDULING!
 
Student — 😮Wow! We can do that?
 
Me — Sweetheart, I am Queen Olivia of the Economics classroom known as Olivia Country. There is nothing I can’t do 😎 Mwahahahahaha I am powerful! 😂🤣
 
Teaching — the power is addicting. Also, they are calling me Queen Olivia now because we keep talking about Olivia Country in economics 😅

#Tuvalu and the #Round Ocean Economy

19 Apr

#Student – They (#tuvalu) are a good economy becuase the land is small and the ocean is round.

#Me — It’s the ’round’ #ocean that is the make-or-break factor here. . . Those hexagonal oceans are just worthless. Might as well not exist. 🏝️😝

#Teacher #teach #humor #funny

The #Royalty is here! Now go away. . . . (#Teaching humor)

15 Apr

My class roster: Duke, King, Noble, Catherine, Peter, Ivan, Henry, Harry, Elizabeth, Helen, Kate, William, John, Robert, James, Solomon, David

Me : Now that the royalty has all arrived. . . Let’s talk about why Feudalism is a terrible system. 

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#Teacher Life 😂

9 Apr

75% of a #teachers job is bribing other teachers to do something 😂 Come to #education – You’ll work to death, but have an abundance of cookie bribes!

Vote Sugar for Participation!

26 Dec
Me: Your assignment is NOT a presentation — you are supposed to lead a class discussion.
 
Student:  I don’t understand.
 
Me: You ask the class questions and get them to participate and talk. 😐
 
Student:  Our grade means the class has to TALK to us? But teacher, this is not the China way. Maybe we do not like to talk in class. Maybe we will all have a very bad grade.
 
Me (in my mind): Welcome to the life of the laowai laoshi (foreign teacher) and the struggle for participation!
 
Me (in reality): You can do this. Maybe call on people one by one. Or ask your friends to help you. Or offer the first person to talk candy.
 
Student: . . . . . . . 😑
 
WeChat 5 minutes later . . . . “You may use every way to force your classmates to work for you. Teacher Olivia recommends sugar.”
 
Me: Bwahahahahahahahaha . . . Behold, the power of sugar! 😝😆🤣🍡🍨🍬🍭🍫🍰🎂🍪🍩

China #Book Art

19 Dec

​Awwwww, my #student got me this beautiful bookmark for #Christmas. It looks like the Traditional Chinese cut-out #art – with #bamboo leaves and simple window pane style. Love it!

Education SUPPORTS Training

11 Dec

One of the things I wish more college professors focused on  was explaining WHY classes are important.

I have found that my students repeat the same idea:  they expect their jobs to prepare them for their work. They believe that when they start a job, the company will give them training and experience. They will start on the bottom and, as they are trained, work their way up. They end up going to college to get the paper with no interest in actually learning. They feel like they will just get the same material in career training later.

And to an extent this is true. Most companies are willing to offer and may require training after hiring you.  But companies do not want to spend time & $$ training a college graduate in information they were expected to learn in college. If I am going to educate you myself, why would I pay for a more expensive college graduate?  If you say that you have a BA in Finance, companies expect you to at least know what stocks, bonds, derivatives, stockholders, etc. are and how they work.  I may train you in how my company does it specifically, but I expect you to know the general theory and vocabulary BEFORE training.  I pay a college graduate more because I have to train them LESS. College is to give you the foundations so that the company can train you QUICKLY in the specifics and then you hit the ground running. 

How to Pass an Exam

8 Dec

Student: Teacher! I did it! Every time I read a question, I thought “What was the big point?” And if it was 100% true, I chose it! Even if there was another that maybe was true!

Me: Yayayayayayayayayayay!!!!!!

**My “A” students have had a difficult time with this. They over-think themselves into exceptions and assume there is a trick. “well. . . but, but, but! It COULD have been diseconomies of scale if the moon was on the left and the sun came up in the west and it was exactly 4pm and the revenue was 0!” We had a very long discussion at review that I do NOT try to trick people. I need EVERYONE to pass! 🤣😄 There is ALWAYS an exception, so focus on the main idea. Finally, one of them got it! Hooray!

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