Economics

 Fall 2018

 

Teacher:  Mr. Homa

E-mail: dhoma@lgsuhsd.org

             

             

Website:  www.davidhoma.com 

 

Description and Objective: This course will cover a very broad introduction to the field of economics, both macro and micro.  This is not US economics but a world economics course.  Economics goes beyond one’s bank account and the stock market.  Economics includes dealing with credit cards, paying taxes and the budget each of you will have to deal with once you are out on your own (hopefully very soon!).  More importantly, economics happens everywhere in the world.  This course will look at how economics functions throughout the world.    

 

The main objective of this course is to introduce you to the basic concepts of economics and how these concepts are used and applied in the real world.  We also will look at how economics plays out in the world around us.  By the end of the semester, you should have a basic understanding of economics and how it works.

 

Class rules:

1.  Follow directions.  You are seniors.  ‘Nuff said.

2.  Always be in the door before the bell rings.  If you come in late for any reason quietly sit 

     down and then talk to me after class.

3.  All school rules apply in this classroom.

4.  No food or drinks (water is permitted).

5.  Always have your notebook with you.

6.  Always do your own work.

7.  Be an active participant in class and your own education.

8.  Cell phones must be turned off and placed in the phone holder at the front of the room at the beginning of each class.  This is how I take roll for class.  If you don't have a phone then place a card with your name in the slot for your number.  I will keep any phone I see being used outside of designated times until the end of the school day and a parent must pick up the phone.

 

Books for class:

Flynn, Sean (2011).  Economics for Dummies.  Indiana:Wiley Publishing.  There are several optoins for the use of this text.  The chapters can be found on my website.  A wide variety of other readings will be used in class throughout the semester.  The readings will be avaliable on my website.

 

Your Grade: Engagement

All assignments, assessments, and projects will have due dates.  Some dates will be chosen by me and other due dates will be chosen by you.  Your grade is completely in your control through how engaged you are in your own education.  You are welcome to come in during any tutorial to makeup, redo, or simply try harder on anything you do in this class.  There is a final "drop-dead" date for everything which will be the Friday of the second to last week of the semester.  After that date you will not be able to do anything else.  This truly puts the ball in your court.  Your are more than welcome to get whatever grade you want to depending on how interested and engaged you are with your own learning!

 

Anytime you have any problems with work PLEASE come talk with me.

 

Grades:

Canvas is the primary way to keep track of your grade.  I update grades on a regular basis.  You may always speak with me but make sure you have checked Canvas and have been keeping track of your grades throughout the semester.

 

Your grade will be based on the following:

1.  Each day one student will start the class with a brief presentation of an

     economic event occurring within the past four week.  Each student will sign up for

     three presentations during the semester.  Be prepared a few days ahead of your due date.  I 

     will give more details in class.

 

2.  Book Project

     This project will be explained in class.

 

3.  Chapter Assessments

 

4.  Spending Journal and Parental Discussions
     I will explain this assignment in class.    

5.  Question Journal
      I will explain this assignment in class.

6.  Everfi
      I will explain this in class

7.  Participation
     I realize you will be absent from time to time.  However, it is your responsiblity to come
     speak to me if you are absent for any reason even if it is an excused absence.  I record every
     class so there is not reason to miss class content.  If you don't come speak to when you are
     absent you will lose points. 

8.  Everyone needs to drop by during turortial to tell me a bit about yourself. 

 

The grading scale:

A= 100-90

B=89-80

C=79-70

D=69-60

 

Extra Credit:

ex·tra (µkstr) adj. Abbr. ext., ex., X 1. More than or beyond what is usual, normal, expected, or necessary. See Synonyms at  superfluous.

 

Extra credit is just as the definition implies.  I do not give extra credit.  From time to time I will add a few questions on an assignment or test but you will not know in advance.  Do not ask about extra credit!  This means you had better do all your work the first time!

 

 

Notebook:

1.  Each student should keep a notebook throughout the semester.  How you keep a notebook is completely up to you.  If you don’t know how to keep track of things at this point I doubt I can help you.

 

Final note:

You are here to learn.  I do not give you a grade.  The effort you put into this class will give you your grade.  Have a great year!