Eric Fields was awarded First Place in the Econ 101 category, high school division at the 2016 Governor’s Award Program For Excellence in Teaching Economics, for his project: Would you like another kiss? Thinking at the Margin. His project was chosen for its creativity and innovative approach to teaching decision making skills to high school students in a tasty and informative hands-on format. Eric’s “sweet” lesson provided students with a chance to think about concepts like diminishing returns and thinking at the margin in a fresh and fun way. To see Eric’s winning project application, click below.
PROJECT APPLICATION: Would you like another kiss? Thinking at the Margin
School: Mandarin High School
School District: Duval County
Subject: Economics w/ financial literacy, Adv. Pl Microeconomics, Adv. Pl Gov & Politics, AICE Economics
Grade Level: 12
Number of Years Teaching: 23
When did you know you wanted to be a teacher?
I think I always thought about being a teacher but I didn’t want to go to college to major in education.
If you weren’t teaching what would you do?
Some aspect of politics or sports number crunching.
What’s your favorite topic to teach?
Elasticity of demand; taxation
What’s the hardest topic to teach?
Monetary policy as well as some aspects of international trade.
Why do you think Economics and Personal Finance are important to learn?
Because most of life’s decisions are made from an economics perspective. A better understanding of personal finance improves a person’s quality of life.
How has the FCEE impacted your teaching?
FCEE has been extremely valuable to me by providing me with a wealth of resources to engage students in their understanding of personal finance as well as difficult concepts. It has also provided me opportunities to network with other professionals in the educational and financial sector.
What’s your favorite FCEE resource or program?
There are several. I love the personal finance challenge competition, the Governor’s Award as well as the Financial Freedom workbook.
What advice would you give to a first-year economics or personal finance teacher?
Embrace the challenges that will come your way with teaching the subject but take advantage of resources such as FCEE, Foundation for Teaching Economics and The Fed. Seek opportunities to attend workshops, conferences and other training when they come available. Don’t be afraid to network with other educators to share idea.
What do you like to do for fun outside of school?
Travel especially if there’s a sporting event or outside adventure associated with the trip. Spend time with my family and friends.
What’s one thing your students may not know about you?
That I have never been camping, zipling or to Europe and I did not play basketball in high school.