Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Today's schedule is B-A-Lunch-D-C

B- Geography 12 - Welcome to Geography 12...the most important class you'll ever take in your life. Yesterday we lost the class to a school wide grade 11-12 assembly and now there are only 82 classes remaining in the course. Today we'll go through the course outline and then we will begin by learning to observe as a geographer would. We'll head outside for some observational and analytical skill development. Be prepared to look beyond simple observations and try to see a larger picture with connections to the wider world. We'll practice an analysis of a photo in class and you'll start working on your first assignment for the course.

A - Social Studies 11 - Today we'll spend some time figuring out what we know about Canada and after we will look at the five themes of geography culminating with the concept of a region. Next, we'll try to figure out what is regionalism and how it causes challenges to Canada as a country. I will be posing a critical challenge question to you based on our discussion of regionalism.

"In BC we have more in common with someone from Seattle or San Francisco than we do with someone from Saskatoon or St. John's. What is good for BC is not necessarily what is good for Saskatchewan or Newfoundland and Labrador. We are more concerned with hospital beds in Kelowna, stumpage fees for trees pulled out of Clayoquot, schools closing in Vancouver, ferry costs from the Island and wether the Canucks will make the playoffs. We're more concerned about BC than what's east of the Rockies. The same could be said for southern Ontarians, Quebecois, Albertans, Maritimers, Newfoundlanders, and people of other regional areas. Canada isn't a country, it's a patchwork of self concerned regions so much so that Canada doesn't make sense as a country. Now tell me I'm wrong and tell me why."

D- Law 12 - Today we will continue our discussion on what crime is, why we have laws, and figure out the difference between what is legal what is moral and what is ethical. We'll put that together on some large sheets of paper and end with a class discussion on what we worked on in groups. Next we'll come up with a list of laws that we know about and then identify things that we should have stronger or lighter penalties about.

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