Perspectives on Development Aid…

There are two, large conflicting opinions on the effectiveness of aid. Many of the aid agencies and some economists claim that aid that is focused and purposeful can be a strategy to lift people out of poverty. Other economists claim that development aid throughout African has been wasted over the past 50 years, and has … Continue reading Perspectives on Development Aid…

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Googling Better – how to search the internet

In IB Diploma Economics, students have to write four commentaries about economic events that are published in the news. Therefore students are always searching the internet for good sources of articles. Google has always been a pretty reliable tool to search for articles but students seldom use the advanced features to refine their search and … Continue reading Googling Better – how to search the internet

Extended Response Writing using Google Docs

The writing of extended responses is an important skill that Economics students need to acquire and develop throughout the two year course. I always try to use collaborative approaches and scaffolds to assist students writing skills. My favourite digital approach for developing these writing skills is to use a collaborative google doc. Traditional Approach - … Continue reading Extended Response Writing using Google Docs

Teaching ideas – the World Trade Organisation

I usually find teaching students about the World Trade Organization rather tedious, but have recently discovered a few new resources. The learning objectives or pointers from the DP Economics Syllabus are rather simple. What are the aims of the WTO? Explain the successes and failures of the WTO viewed from different perspectives. The aims of … Continue reading Teaching ideas – the World Trade Organisation

Teaching Trade Blocs and Economic Integration

I find the the topic of economic integration an interesting part of the syllabus. As the world becomes more and more globalised, economies are becoming more integrated. According to the World Trade Organisation, International Trade has grown nearly every year since 1991 with a few exceptions. The most recent data suggests international trade will likely … Continue reading Teaching Trade Blocs and Economic Integration