Sunday, November 15, 2015

Monday, November 16. 2015

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

A Block Social Studies 10 - Today we will explore the misconceptions that may have arisen when first contact occurred. We'll review the concept of worldview and then spend time examining the relationship that developed between the Aboriginal Peoples and both the North West Company and Hudson's Bay Company on the Canadian Prairies. When we finish our notes you'll need to work on a compare/contrast chart of the two fur trading companies as well as question 2 from page 135 of the Horizons text. Consider the following...

All human societies develop culture wherein stories explain their place in the world and the larger cosmos (Kane, 1998). The collective wisdom, beliefs, myths and stories of each society make up that society’s worldview. Worldviews are “the concepts and theories that explain how we construe a global image of the world and how we make sense of the meaning of our experiences” (Aerts, Apostel, De Moor, Hellmans, Maex, Van Belle, et al., 2007, p. 8). Worldviews are more than just concepts and theories however; they are expressions of desire and explanations of place. Worldviews map a way of being, providing a way to navigate the world we inhabit. Suzuki (1997) states, “many of our rituals, songs, prayers, and ceremonies were reaffirmations of our dependence on nature and our commitment to behave properly. This is how it has been for most of human existence all over the world” (p.10). The stories we tell reveal underlying beliefs that we carry about the world and our place in it. These stories provide a frame of reference and they provide a symbolic system of representation that clarifies the place of humanity in the world and reveals insight into the most significant relationships humans have with nature (Aerts et al., 2007).

C Block Crime, Media and Society 12 - Today we are in the library  to begin our work on the collaborize classroom site...Once you log on to the computers go to the Room 611 Collaborize site and request access to the site; I'll approve you and then I'd like you to work through the "Getting Started" steps 1 & 2 on the site.

D Block Geography 12 - Today we'll begin our look at stratospheric ozone. Ozone is a gas that occurs both in the Earth's upper atmosphere and at ground level. Ozone can be "good" or "bad" for your health and the environment, depending on its location in the atmosphere. After looking at the ways that ozone protects us and understanding how it can be destroyed by CFCs (Tim and Moby will help us here) you'll need to complete questions 8 and 9 from page 90 in your Geosystems textbook. For more information on Ozone look at:
Environment Canada Ozone site
US Environmental Protection Agency Stratospheric Ozone page
European Commission on the Environment Ozone page
Ozzy Ozone UNEP Kids Ozone Site
NOAA Ozone depletion page
EPA Health Effects of Increased UV Radiation

Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips indicated in the fall of 2011 that predicting the weather is becoming much more difficult. "It's almost as if you can't look at the past to tell us what the future is," David Phillips told CBC News. "There's a new norm: Expect the unexpected." Check out the article here.

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