Thank you Jennifer! This is enormously helpful.
I’ve been struggling to figure out how best to frame the first class discussion: “What is economics?” One thing the textbooks generally ignore (and of course Kate points out) is a discussion of goals. So I want to make sure to include this as part of our conversation - and I’m still trying to figure out the best way. I also take your point completely about the fact that markets are only one part of a broader, more complex system and I like the idea of putting up posters to serve as perpetual reminders.
I came across a sample of a textbook that is used at Tufts (Microeconomics in Context) that seems like it might be a great resource - Ive only skimmed the sample chapters, but it appears that the book begins with a discussion of goals and acknowledges the concept that our economy is made up of the household, commons, market, state and environment. I’ve requested a copy from the publishers, so hopefully will be able to investigate further. That said, a better book doesn’t necessary help with the AP syllabus challenge - as you rightly suggest.
What textbook do you use right now? The high school has been using Open Stax, but may change to Mankiw. I studies Mankiw in graduate school, but find parts of it infuriating. I’d be open to asking to use a better book…
Also, I’m hoping to teach my class with a heavy emphasis classroom experiments and discussions around current events. I’ve gathered as many resources as I can on games/experiments that related to each of the core topics. Have you done this before? Any feedback you can share? I’m hoping experiments might be a way to both present the intuition behind the economic theories, while naturally demonstrating the shortcomings…
By the way, I did IB in high school way back when.