Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Thursday, September 8. 2016

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

D Block Criminology 12 - Today I want you to back in your pod/groupings so that you can try to categorize your ideas on why crime occurs into crime theory clusters (similar categories). We'll see where your clusters fit in terms of Choice, Trait, Social Structure, Social Learning, and Conflict theories. After this, we'll begin our look at the nature vs. nurture debate by focusing on the history of psychological and sociological criminology which will help you with your first activity in the course). I'll give you a handout to help you with crime theories and tomorrow we'll talk about what your first activity will be.

C & B Blocks Social Studies 11 - Symbols of Identity...your new flags that you are creating use symbols that represent a Canadian Identity (Here are the Official Symbols of Canada).

As we approach the sesquicentennial (150th birthday for Canada in 2017) Statscan, through the General Social Survey (GSS), collected information on a range of national identity measures, including Canadians’ appreciation of national symbols and perceptions of whether Canadians share specific values. Also collected were personal feelings of pride in being Canadian and in national achievements. Combined, these identity-related indicators paint a broad picture of the Canadian collective identity. From their site:

National symbols are largely conceptual representations of a country’s identity, and have been argued, in some contexts, to have a positive effect on bonding and emotional attachment to one’s country. The 2013 GSS asked Canadians about the importance of specific national symbols to the Canadian identity. Among the five symbols measured, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the national flag ranked the highest, with more than nine in ten Canadians stating that these symbols were either very or somewhat important to the national identity. Next highest were the national anthem at 88% and the RCMP at 87%. Ranking the lowest, but still garnering majority support, was hockey, with 77% of Canadians believing that it was an important national symbol.
For most national symbols, more than half of Canadians aged 15 years and older believed they were very important to the national identity, particularly in reference to the Charter (70%) and the flag (69%). However, less than half (46%) considered hockey - Canada’s official winter sport, as a very important symbol, with about one in five (22%) believing that it was not very important or not at all important. This contrasts feelings about the Charter and flag, where less than one in ten carried the same beliefs (4% and 9%, respectively). 
When asked if there were any other symbols of national importance, Canadians offered a range of responses. Among the most commonly cited were the beaver as the national animal (16%), the maple leaf (14%) and the values and qualities of Canadian people (11%).
So you have the block today to continue working on your "New Flag" for Canada. Remember, a powerful national symbol will be:

  1. distinct - is uniquely associated with Canada
  2. recognizable - is widely known across groups and regions
  3. connected - has strong attachments for many people
  4. long lasting - had been a factor for many years.

 Effective symbols also including the following factors:

  1. simplicity
  2. widely available
  3. touches a deep desire or need
  4. makes people feel special.

Symbols operating at the national level draw people together in Canada. So make sure you brainstorm a list of common national symbols in Canada before you jump into creating your flag. Good luck!

A Block Geography 12 - Today we'll work on the foundations of Geography starting with the Five Themes. In order to understand the increasingly complex and interconnected world we live in we need to find a way to make sense of information in a way that doesn't overwhelm us. The Five Themes (Location, Place, Human-Environment Interactions, Movement, and Regions) are a framework for making sense of geographic data. After this I'll give you time to continue your observing as a geographer activity from yesterday's class.

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