Instructional Video

What's all the Yellen About? Monetary Policy and the Federal Reserve

Most countries experience an economic slump from time to time. Learn about the ways the Federal Reserve can intervene in a struggling economy before a crisis occurs with a short video from Crash Course Economics that focuses on monetary policy.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners watch the video at home for a flipped classroom activity, and encourage them to form five questions about concepts to clarify with peers the next day
  • Split the class into pairs and have one person research the 1929 stock market crash, and have the second person research the 2008 recession; prompt them to compare and contrast what they have learned in a peer discussion
Classroom Considerations
  • Video opens with a short ad that you can skip
  • Comments are open to the public
  • Briefly references the Illuminati as a joke, which may be a confusing moment for those who are learning these concepts for the first time
  • The 10th video in a series of 35
Pros
  • Length is good for a homework assignment or short addition to an economics lecture
  • Lends well to a discussion on the influence of politics on the economy
Cons
  • None