I'm a assigned to teach a intermediate micro course with 3 students enrolled (capacity of 30). I'm a 4th year student. How exactly should I go about this?
I'm dead serious.
seems like a serious question, so a serious answer:
first lecture, do a rigorous lecture cover the material of two lectures. then assign problem going over what you did. second lecture spend only on the problems. If some time at the end on the second lecture, just do some free form extensions. Repeat.
PS the day all three skip, still assign the problems and ask them to answer the next class. If they cant then end the class and suggest material will appear on the exam. (You can tell them in advance you will do this.)
A nice comment but it depends where OP is teaching and the level of the students. At enormous state university OP could just as easily have 3 students who could go on to do phds at top 2 (I have) or knuckle-draggers who can only be motivated by "relevance" (I have also).
If you feel confident enough, you could take advantage of the small class size to actually have occasional conversations about the validity of assumptions.
What is the average Admissions ACT/SAT. If it is above 30 or 2000, use a book like perloff or Microeconomic Theory by Nicholson and teach topics on that level. Otherwise teach Varian. If you do anything, but macro/international cover some classic theory papers from your course. Don't test. Try to guage what students want to learn. My experience is students get in interest, by seeing policy/practical applications. So try to give concrete examples or anlazys interesting scenarios.
Are you suggesting that Varian is good for the morons?
What is the average Admissions ACT/SAT. If it is above 30 or 2000, use a book like perloff or Microeconomic Theory by Nicholson and teach topics on that level. Otherwise teach Varian. If you do anything, but macro/international cover some classic theory papers from your course. Don't test. Try to guage what students want to learn. My experience is students get in interest, by seeing policy/practical applications. So try to give concrete examples or anlazys interesting scenarios.
"What is the average Admissions ACT/SAT. If it is above 30 or 2000, use a book like perloff or Microeconomic Theory by Nicholson and teach topics on that level. Otherwise teach Varian."
No. Varian good enough for everybody. The workout book is also delightful.
You are putting way too much emphasis on one test. And if you had to choose one test, why that one? Why not something that has more to do with your course?
And why would you have a firm cutoff for the score? How did you choose that number? Arbitrary.