Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Wednesday, March 25. 2015

Today is a PLC day so the schedule is shortened for the day. Today's schedule is B-A-D-C and the Bell Schedule for PLC Day on Wednesday looks like this:

B Block 8:58 9:57
A Block 10:02 10:59
Lunch 10:59 11:42
D Block 11:47 12:44
C Block 12:49 1:45
PLC 1:45 3:15

B Block Social Studies 11 - Today with Ms. Tancon...Thank you to those who handed in your zines yesterday: they look great! For those who have yet to hand them in, please do as soon as possible. Your absolute deadline for them to be marked in this course is Friday, March 27th (2 days).

Forgive the 1920's slang, it's too funny (definitely look it up)! Yesterday, we started looking at the "Roaring" Twenties, which was just the "bee's knees" for a lot of folks: debs, darbs, eggs, and bimbos alike. Unfortunately, a lot of folks missed the "Roar", and thought the 1920's were anything but the "cat's pajamas". We'll look at those who were missing out, and how such a gap between wealthy and poor would eventually lead to the Stock Market Crash and the Great Depression. We'll also compare notes with things in our day and age: have things changed much? Are we truly repeating history?

You will have the rest of the class to work on your "Decade on a Page" activity from yesterday. Once you have completed it, you will work on any missing assignments from our WWI unit and from Monday's class (remember: Friday is your deadline for everything you did with Ms. T.), and/or start thinking about who you would like to make your five "flash cards" about for the second part of our 1920's assignment.

Tomorrow and Friday, we will be in the library. You will choose 5 Canadian personalities and identify their accomplishments. The front side of the card should have a picture of them along with their name, and the back of the card should list out who they were, what they did, and why they were important. There will be a template set up in the library for tomorrow's class. The complete list of names is here:

J.S. Woodsworth
Lionel Conacher
William Lyon Mackenzie King
Bobbie Rosenfeld
Agnes McPhail
Joe Capilano
Emily Murphy
Wilfred “Wop” May
Mary Pickford
Edward “Ted” Rogers
Emily Carr
Archie Belaney “Grey Owl”
Tom Thompson
A.Y. Jackson
Frederick Banting
Fay Wray
Armand Bombardier
Robert Nathaniel Dett

D Block Criminology 12 - Since we didn't get to it yesterday...I'll have you work on the following questions:

  1. Despite cultural awareness and various initiatives in schools and in the media, hate crimes continue to happen in significant numbers in Canada. Discuss the types of hate crimes most prevalent in Canada and the current responses to them. 
  2. Governments have tried numerous responses to terrorism. Discuss some of these responses. 
  3. It is unlikely that the threat of punishment can deter robbery; most robbers refuse to think about apprehension and punishment. Wright and Decker suggest that eliminating cash and relying on debit and credit cards may be the most productive method to reduce the incidence of robbery. Although this seems far-fetched, society is becoming progressively more cashless; it is now possible to buy both gas and groceries with credit cards. Would a cashless society end the threat of robbery, or would innovative robbers find new targets?

C Block Geography 12 - Monday your Orting - Mount Rainier case study was due. Nineteen of you handed this assignment in and I appreciate those who did however there are 28 of you in the class (really only 25 given the sporadic attendance for three "students" in the class) so that leaves 9 (or 6 depending on your definition of "student") outstanding assignments.

OK from the COTF website consider the following:

How do you estimate the annual probability of an occurrence of a particular type of natural disaster--especially of disasters that don't happen every day? Count the number of the type of event over an interval of time and divide the sum by the number of years in the interval. For example, based on geologic evidence, the 14 Cascade volcanoes have erupted 50 times in the last 4000 years. So the probability of eruption for any given volcano in the Cascades in any given year is 50/[(14)(4000)], or about 1 in a thousand (10-3) per year. This translates into about 1 or 2 eruptions among the 14 Cascade volcanoes each century. All of these 50 eruptions were relatively small ones -- even the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens! However, there is geologic evidence of eruptions more than 100x larger than Mount St. Helens in the Cascades. How often do these very large eruptions occur? Four eruptions in about a million years. This implies a probability of eruption of about 1 in 250,000 per year. Now, how accurate is this estimate? We must be careful because the so-called "statistics of small numbers" can be very misleading. In statistics, we are looking for typical events, not unique ones. If we compare the probability of small Cascade eruptions with the probability of large eruptions, we find that small eruptions are much more likely than large ones. This result is consistent with much experience in dealing with many other types of natural phenomena (earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, etc.): large events are much less probable than small events of the same kind.

Also, today is your Tectonics Unit Final Test. I hope you come prepared and if you did study (you did have an extra day yesterday) then I'm sure you'll do fine. You'll need the entire block for the test. Good Luck!

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