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Week of 1/9-13 (2017!)

posted Jan 9, 2017, 2:25 PM by Ec Mary Givens

M. 1/9
Finish responding to the two prompts on the current events watch "classroom". (u3nklgm)

Week of 12/19-23

posted Dec 22, 2016, 12:34 PM by Ec Mary Givens

Th. 12/22
Structure for personal finance advice:
1. Start by Advising changes to current spending - have a "why" and/or "how" for each change you want your client to make. Be sure to include saving in your new budget. Employ some psychology here...
2. Discuss strategies specific to your client's situation for getting debt under control with some "tutoring" on why debt is a problem and how/why to be strategic at building up a strong credit history...perhaps tying to future goals.
3. Finish with your client's "Long term" picture. This doesn't have to be part of his/her budget. It doesn't need specific numbers to define it. What kinds of things might your client want to consider for their future financial health and well being? his is where you can include investments. Give them 3 target goals with reasons why this will be a wise course of action specific to their situation.

Week of 12/12-16

posted Dec 12, 2016, 1:02 PM by Ec Mary Givens

M 12/12 Budget practice: planning a trip due W. 12/14

Budget practice reflection questions:
1. If you need more money for your trip, how might you raise the money you need?
(1 Alt: If you had enough money for the trip you planned, explain how you might use the remainder of the $1000 after you pay for the trip.)

2. Describe several (at least 3) strategies you used to get the most for your money when planning the trip.

3. What factors (at least 4) did you take into consideration when choosing what you planned and how you spent money on different expenses for this trip.

Week of 12/5-9

posted Dec 5, 2016, 1:03 PM by Ec Mary Givens

Today classes remembered the economics structures and vocab from past years as a prep for the Personal Finance unit. No homework.

Week of 11/30-12/2

posted Nov 29, 2016, 12:48 PM by Ec Mary Givens   [ updated Nov 30, 2016, 2:02 PM ]

This week we are debating the use of nuclear weapons. DCA during class on Thursday.

W. 11/30
Annotate your group docs with information about who worked on what and how - even if people worked together. Also bring paper copies of resources for the DCA tomorrow.

Week of 11/14-18

posted Nov 14, 2016, 2:22 PM by Ec Mary Givens   [ updated Nov 21, 2016, 7:06 AM ]

1. Read the short overview of the events in Bataan and take look at the map (attached below).
2. Go to the following links and take notes on the ways Japan may have acted like war criminals. And any ways you see that they didn't. Due W. 11/16
Part 1: Siege of Bataan:http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/macarthur/sfeature/bataan_siege.html

Part 2: Capture and Death March: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/macarthur/sfeature/bataan_capture.html

Part 3: Prison Camps: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/macarthur/sfeature/bataan_prison.html

W. 11/15
Reminder...you can revise (independently) section 1 & 4 of your geography project.

What did your group decide you needed to research. We start debates on Monday.

Week of 11/7-10

posted Nov 7, 2016, 3:22 PM by Ec Mary Givens   [ updated Nov 8, 2016, 11:24 AM ]

Students turned in war & economic goals paragraphs today. Students should finish the "Rules of War" non-linguistics for tomorrow if they didn't finish during class.

T. 11/8
If you want to get started early on your homework (due Thursday), see article attached below in Word & PDF

Directions: Read and answer the questions for each section. The questions are your notes…there may be an open note quiz on Thursday, so bring a hard copy of your responses to class.

Week of 10/31-11/4

posted Oct 31, 2016, 1:38 PM by Ec Mary Givens   [ updated Nov 3, 2016, 2:09 PM ]

M. 10/31
Finish annotating the excerpt on "Just war theory" called "Arguing about War".
(1) Identify key vocabulary
(2) Make note of defining characteristics (these may be inferred based on how the author references the author makes)
(3) Describe two criticisms of Just War Theory
Due Tues. 11/1

T. 11/1
Here is the link. The note guide is posted below in Word and PDF. Due Th. 11/3

Th. 11/3
Write a concise, focused - yet fully developed - paragraph...
Both models (Total War Ancient and Limited War) have economic goals. Explain how these sets of goals differ (one way, well developed)
Due M. 11/7

week of 10/24-28

posted Oct 24, 2016, 5:34 PM by Ec Mary Givens

The policy directions and rubric are attached. The Decision making process is listed below:

Decision Matrix Procedure
1. Brainstorm the evaluation criteria appropriate to the situation. Phrase criteria in the "positive" and superlative
 2. Discuss and refine the list of criteria. Identify any criteria that must be included (Use direction sheet). Reduce the list of criteria to those that the team believes are most important.
3. Assign a relative weight to each criterion, based on how important that criterion is to the situation. (One way to do this is by ranking the criteria or distributing 10 points among your criteria.)
4. Draw an L-shaped matrix. Write the criteria and their weights as labels along one edge and the list of options along the other edge. Usually, whichever group has fewer items occupies the vertical edge.
5. Evaluate each choice against the criteria.  Establish a rating scale for each criterion. Some options are:
1, 2, 3 (1 = slight extent, 2 = some extent, 3 = great extent)
1, 2, 3 (1 = low, 2 = medium, 3 = high)
1, 2, 3, 4 (1 = little to 4 = great)
1, 4, 9 (1 = low, 4 = moderate, 9 = high)
6. Multiply each option’s rating by the weight. Add the points for each option. The option with the highest score will not necessarily be the one to choose, but the relative scores can generate meaningful discussion and lead the team toward consensus.
This process also gives you something specific to say about why this is the most effective choice versus the other options (see rubric)

Week of 10/17-21

posted Oct 21, 2016, 3:53 PM by Ec Mary Givens   [ updated Oct 21, 2016, 3:56 PM ]

F. 10/21
we've been working on our geographic investigations. Attached find map resources and below is the model for the "observations and relationships" connections we did in class today. On mOnday, we'll start writing the recommendation.

ALSO, I found a great site that creates distribution maps. Check it out...It even shows factors over time!!!! I'm totally geeking out over it.

*(2 geographic conditions) Countries with very arid, hot climates also tend to have higher poverty rates.  One reason might be because arid, hot climates make it very difficult to grow food, and countries must spend money buying food. Another possible reason may be that living in a climate where producing adequate food is more difficult, the people are sickly and using their energy just to survive, not develop the nation and grow in wealth.

* (3 conditions) While most countries with arid, hot climates also have high poverty rates, countries with stable, democratic republics have lower poverty rates than countries without stable democratically based governments. One reason for this might be because stable governments allow a nation to invest in infrastructure over time, so that even a poorer nation can slowly develop ways to overcome the challenges of a difficult climate and improve it's wealth, even if it is slow. Another reason might be that, with a stable democratic government, other democracies may feel confident investing money and bringing business to that country, helping decrease the poverty levels over time.

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