Archive for January, 2012

Economic Inquiry – Micro

31 Jan

This is the summative assessment for all things Economic, which will focus on microeconomics.

You will create a inquiry based on your personal interests, microeconomics and the school, your family, your community, or yourself.

Click here for step by step instructions.

Due dates are negotiable, as different inquiries will need different time allotments. We will discuss these in class.

Assessment Criteria:

Criterion A: knowledge
In your inquiry, you will have 1-2 key economic concepts, but the rest of your assignment should be filled with economic terms as well.

Criterion B: concepts
I will be looking at how well you connect and apply your 1-2 economic concepts to the data and the question.

Criterion C: skills
We will be focusing on investigative skills. Each band of investigative skills is explained in the link above. Analysis skills do play a small part in investigative skills.

Criterion D: organization and presentation
You will be writing a written report, which is also detailed in the link above.

MacroEconomics Summative Assignment

23 Jan

In this summative assessment, you will be inquiring into a specific location and issue that you would like to investigate further using the macroeconomic terms that we have been learning.

Step #1: Choose a country

Step #2:  Create a question

Things to keep in mind when are creating a question:

  1. Not too vague
  2. Not too easy to answer
  3. Not too broad
  4. Answerable – there is data and you understand it
  5. Need to use monetary and social indicators in your answer
  6. Can be answered with 500-750 words

Step #3:

Create your answer to the question with qualitative and quantitative data, along with analysis and visuals. In addition, look at the stakeholders related to the question.

Step #4:

Upload the report directly in your blog, attached as a word or pdf file by 10 pm on Sunday, January 29th.

Step #5:

Self Assess using all 4 criteria.

Criterion A
Look at the terminology. Do you use the economic terms from the Macro Section? Use economic terms from outside Macro Section in order to show a wide range of terminology.

Criterion B
Look at connecting the major concepts. Can you connect your data and knowledge to the economic terms: MEDC and LEDC?

Criterion C
Look at Analysis. Can you connect your data to your assertions with extensive detail?
Look at Investigation.  How good is your investigation? Do you answer your question, Do you look at the right data to answer your question?

Criterion D
Organization and Presentation
Look at the writing and visuals in your final report. Is the English clear and concise with few or no errors. Is all information relevant? Do you correctly and consistently document your sources?

2nd Period, Wednesday, January 11th

10 Jan

Happy New Year!

Sorry for missing our first class together after the Winter Break. Unfortunately, I am celebrating the New Year with the stomach flu. I would MUCH rather be in class.

Here is what I would like you to accomplish today.

Task #1: Learning Attitudes

30 minutes

The substitute will hand out the Learning Attitudes Criteria. You may or may not have seen these in other classes. On the report card, you will receive scores for each criteria for Social Studies 10, and you will also receive feedback on these Learning Attitudes Criteria – for each class.

The MYP Report Card is the one on the bottom. The Learning Attitudes appear on the bottom left.

These criteria were finalized very recently, and they will appear on your Semester 1 report card. I want you to read the descriptors for the three criteria of Learning Attitudes. I want you to decide where you think you belong at each level. On the Learning Attitudes:

1. Write your name

2. Circle the descriptors that best match your Learning Attitudes. Do not highlight, as it won’t show up when I copy it.

3. On the back of the sheet, choose the best fit level for each criteria. For example, You may think that based on your highlights that you are a Proficient in Collaboration, Advanced in Independence and Initiative, and Basic in Organization.

4. Then I want you to clearly give 1-2 pieces of evidence from your behavior or work that would support your best fit.

5. Finally, I want you to make one goal for each Learning Attitudes Criteria that you will achieve next Semester. You will have three goals in total: one for Collaboration, one for Independence and Initiative and one for Organization.

There are two key elements to do this well:

1. You must read through the descriptors carefully and truly understand them. If I was there today we spend lots of time on this. Please feel free to discuss them as a group. Also, please feel free to gmail chat with me to clarify anything that is confusing.

2. You must clearly organize the information on the back of the Learning Attitudes sheet so that the Best Fit, Evidence and Goal for each Learning Attitudes Criteria is clear. This will help me understand your thoughts, and it will help you achieve your goal next semester.

Turn the Learning Attitudes Criteria back into the sub. I will make copies of it for my documentation, and then I will return them to you.

Task #2 Review of Macro

30 minutes

To bring us back to Macroeconomics, I wanted to review somethings that we talked about before Winter Break.

In a blog post called, Macroeconomics Review:

1. Write down indicators for MEDCs and LEDCs.

2. Write down three pieces of information from Hans Rosling’s video that describes the global distribution of the wealth. The video is linked to the blog post prior to this one.

3. Summarize the presentation of the MEDC group that went just before break. What was their original assertion? What did the data actually show? What does this mean for those countries and for using their data?

I will hopefully see you tomorrow.



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