28 Oct 2009

Midterm update on my class

My EEP100 students just took their midterm, and their median score was 10.5/15 (70 percent).

If you think you can do better, go here for the test and answer key (no peeking!)

That link also goes to the audio and video recordings of my first 16 lectures, but you can skip straight to the YouTube videos by clicking here.

As part of my plan to be the world's greatest teacher of economics, I asked the students for their feedback on my teaching (good things, bad things), what they were still confused about and what they learned.

They liked my accessible lecturing style (funny, understandable, etc.) but they disliked my disorganization (go off on tangents, no lecture notes, no textbook). Unfortunately, their likes and dislikes are related, so -- for the moment -- they are going to have to deal with broken eggs as they enjoy their omelets :)

(They were still confused about many things -- one thing for one person, a different thing for another -- and enjoyed learning how economics applies to the "real world.")

Bottom Line: Teaching is fun, but learning can be hard. For the second half of the semester, we are going to get into the good stuff, the fun stuff -- case studies of the interactions of economics and politics as related to the environment and natural resources. Stay tuned!


  1. I'm not a student anymore, but I enjoy the online lectures because you keep it simple (nearly as simple as it can be, which is hardly simple at all) relative to my micro prof, who basically taught Calculus with economic applications.

  2. Also, based on the guest post, you have some bright kids. Far more intelligent than I was at their level.

  3. Random comment here: I referenced your "Pause for Thought" Post, in Environmental Economics in my blog today. (Check it out here http://blisspot.blogspot.com/2009/10/benefits-of-pause.html) -- I couldn't find a way to tell you there so I came to this blog...

    In any case, thanks for the inspiration!

    Outrageous joy,

  4. I'll be checking out your lectures soon. I taught high school econ., and yes, it is fun to teach. Be happy that your students are, more often than not, there because they want to be there.

    I know that doesn't feel like the case for most of them, and yet it's true. I had to teach the student on her way to Cal with a full ride, and the kid whose mother said they were, "waiting for him to turn 18" in the same class...

  5. How nice to see your exam asking for written answers instead of using the ubiquitous T/F Multiple Choice format with scanner cards. I hope your students appreciate the extra time and effort it takes to create a real exam and grade each one!


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