Friday, February 20, 2009

Curriculum Framing Question 2/20

Unit Title: Understanding Different Economic Systems

Unit Description: This unit discusses some of the most basic principles of economic and political systems. The unit begins by exploring a free enterprise system, characterized by private ownership, competition, profit, and risk. The unit then explores other economic systems and the various political systems that go with them.

Essential Questions:
-Is money and weatlh important?

Unit Questions:
-Ho do economic resources influence a countries policy making decisions?
-How do the principles of supply and demand influence your life?
-What creates a successful economy?

Content Questions:
-How does supply and demand influence the price of a good?
-Why would a surplus cause a decrease in price?
-What are the four factors of production?
-What type of economy exists in the United States?
-What are the four processes of the business cycle.
-What are the differences between Capitalism, Socialism, and Communism?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Reflection of topics discussed in class up to 2/10/09

The topics discussed in class have given me an overview of the elements required to design a complete unit plan. Having just completed my educational degreee in December of 1997, the topoics of good instructional design, project based learning, addressing standards, and curriculum framing questions are familiar. That being said, it is refreshing to be addressing these issues again. I am particularly interested in proper instructional design and the use of technology to faciliate this process. I am finding the design template helpful in organizing my unit and I would love to have the time to organize all my lessons in this level of detail.