Teacher:Mr. David Clagett
Room: 123 (periods 1 and 5); 124 (period 8)
Voicemail:724-941-6251 ext. 5408
Email (to receive a faster response):ClagettD@pt-sd.org
Office Hours:Thurs. 2:30-3:30 pm and by appointment
Course Objectives: By the end of the semester, students will be able to…
• illustrate how scarcity and opportunity cost impact individual and business decision-making.
• compare and contrast major economic systems.
• demonstrate a basic understanding of the American economy.
• analyze how the forces of supply and demand affect individuals and businesses.
• explain the basic purposes of money and the advantages of trade.
• evaluate economic productivity.
• summarize major changes to the American labor force over the past 50 years.
• describe the development of unions in the U.S. and the impact of legislation on the labor movement.
• demonstrate the development of the skills and qualities desired by future employers.
Course Description: This academic course is designed as an introduction to the fundamental concepts and principles of economics, and in particular those that are basic to the American economic system. Topics include the market system, national economic institutions, the roles of business, labor, and government, gross domestic product, money and banking, fiscal and monetary policy, economic growth and stability, federal, state and local tax structure and international economics.
Textbook:Miller, Roger L.,Economics: Today andTomorrow,2005, McGraw-Hill Glencoe
5 Simple Expectations:
#1 – You will arrive on time, properly dressed (see student handbook), and prepared to work.
#2 – You will treat everyone with respect.
#3 – You will use technology appropriately.
#4 – No food or drink.
#5 – No whining!
* I expect you to bring your textbook; your class binder (see below) with paper; and, a pen or pencil.
* You will need to keep a 1” (one inch) 3-Ring Binder for this class. It will be divided into three sections – 1. Warm-up Sheets 2. Notes 3. Handouts. You will keep all of your notes and handouts I distribute in the binder.
* I recommend 3"x5" index cards to create vocabulary flashcards.
1. Repeated unexcused tardiness and absence from class will both jeopardize your grade and lead to disciplinary action.
2. If you miss class, you are entitled to make-up work only if you have an excused absence.
You can get your make-up work before school or after school. Sometimes, you can get make-up work using my website too (listed above). I will not spend class time providing make-up work during class unless time permits.
Class Work: We will have class work every class. Students are required to have the appropriate supplies as well as a positive attitude to complete their class work. Unless indicated otherwise, all assignments must be handwritten.
Homework: Homework is a necessary extension of the learning that takes place in the classroom. Unless indicated otherwise, all assignments must be handwritten. Homework that is submitted late will receive half credit unless it is the result of an excused absence.
Tests and Quizzes: Tests and quizzes will be a mix of multiple choice questions, matching, short answer questions, and essay questions.
IMPORTANT: During testing and quiz sessions, students may not have out any electronic devices (cell phones, pagers, calculators, cameras, iPods, gaming devices, etc.) or non-test materials (books, magazines, newspapers, notebooks, planners, etc.) This policy is in effect during the session from the initial distribution of testing materials to the collection of testing materials from ALL students. Students in violation will receive a ZERO on the assessment NO QUESTIONS ASKED.
Grading: A point system is utilized to determine a student’s grade. Daily homework, classroom activities, assignments, projects, quizzes, and tests are assigned appropriate point values. The total points earned by a student in a report period are divided by the total possible points and a percentage is computed. Total points per report period may vary depending upon the content and activities involved. Grades are updated regularly and are available at -https://powerschool.pt-sd.org/public/
90-100% = A
80-89% = B
70-79% = C
60-69% = D
59-below = F
Final Grade:A student’s final grade for the course is computed using the grade points (A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0) from each of the two quarters and the final exam using the formula below.
(2xQ1) + (2xQ2) + (1xExam)
Beginning this school year, Peters Township High School has adopted a new policy on personal technology devices (laptops, tablets, etc.): “Students are permitted to bring their own technology devices to school for educational use as authorized by school administration and as defined by individual classroom teachers.” Students are expected to use the technology responsibly as directed by the teacher. Unauthorized use, off task behavior (games, emailing, tweeting, IM-ing, etc.), classroom disruption, or accessing inappropriate content will be punished with disciplinary action.
Home Access to Technology:
Some homework assignments may require students to access the internet. Students will need to begin thinking about how they will gain access. If the internet is unavailable at home, students need to either make arrangements with friends and relatives or make use of the community or school libraries. Some assignments may also require the use of a printer.
Disclaimer: This syllabus is not a contract, but rather a guide to course procedures on attendance, requirements, grading, and objectives. The instructor reserves the right to amend the syllabus when conflicts, emergencies, or situations arise that necessitate a change.
*My Personal Promise to You* “I am very excited to work with you this year to see that you achieve the course objectives. I will work to make lessons effective, relevant, and ultimately memorable. I will also do my best to treat you fairly and help you to become a socially responsible, globally-aware citizen.” - Mr. Clagett