Sunday, November 20, 2016

Monday, November 21. 2016

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

A Block Geography 12 - Today....Oh today we start with weather, the best topic ever! I'll have you brainstorm a list of things you know (or think you know) about weather and then I'll try to answer questions you've always wanted answered about the topic. I'm so excited to be starting weather! Hail, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes are four on "the list" get ready, it's going to be a bumpy ride. I'll go through weather extremes with you and try to understand why weather is so important as a topic of study.
Everyone has considerable experience with, and a basic understanding of, the weather. To a large extent, weather dictates the clothes we wear, how we drive, and even our choices of recreational activities. Every day we get info about the weather, through the TV and more importantly through being outside. Our experiences help us to have a basic understanding of weather. Why study weather? Well over the last two decades weather related destruction has risen by more than 500% from an average of $2 Billion annually to $10 Billion annually.

Every day we are going to start by looking at the synoptic forecast along with weather maps.
Data Streme
Envrionment Canada: Weather Office Comox

The Weather Network

B & C Blocks Social Studies 11 - Today we'll start our look at the Stock Market crash of 1929 and see the long term impacts it had on the Canadian economy. We'll see how material consumption drives the North American economic market and determine what impact losses on the stock market had on consumer confidence (We will not examine Supply-Side economics or Keynesian macroeconomic theory - you should take Mr. Rebitt's classes if you are interested here). We'll try to understand stocks and shares, supply and demand, and the costs of using credit. We'll also look at protectionism and see how it impacts international markets. We'll watch a few Brain Pop videos and take a few notes today. You have only question 1 a & b from page 79 in Counterpoints to work on.
History Channel: the 1929 Stock Market Crash
You Tube Stock Market Crash video

Why is the Stock Market Crash of 1929 relevant today? David Frum explained the link between 1928 and 2008 like this:

Americans assumed crushing levels of debt in the 2000s to buy expensive homes, homes they assumed would continue to rise in price forever. In 2007, household debt relative to income peaked at the highest level since 1928. (Uh oh.) When the housing market crashed, consumers were stranded with unsustainable debts, and until those debts are reduced, consumers will drastically cut back their spending. As consumers cut back, businesses lose revenue. As businesses lose revenue, they fire employees. As employees lose their jobs, their purchasing power is reduced. As purchasing power is lost throughout the economy, housing prices tumble again.
Rinse and repeat.
Since 2008, the debt burden on households has declined somewhat, partly because of increased saving, mostly because of mortgage default. But household debts have declined nowhere near enough, and the pace of household debt reduction is slowing.
The result: slow recovery of the private economy, weak consumer demand, paltry job growth -- considerably offset by continuing job shrinkage in the public sector.

D Block Crime, Media and Society 12 -Today we are in the library to begin our work on the media literacy component of our course. Once you log on to the computers go to the two links below then work through (by responding to the post and to each other)  the "Getting Started" step 1 on the site:

Step 1 - Establishing Expectations for Behavior: The Dos and Don'ts for Online Student Communication

Once you've done this please move on to our first online discussion:

Why is it important to study crime media?

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