Monthly Archives: September 2012

CAS Website Problems and Solution!

This is for the juniors and seniors.  Our school’s Sharepoint site for CAS has been inaccessible through the usual link since at least the beginning of this week.  I am providing a link here that should work: http://www2.rickards.leon.k12.fl.us/IB/CAS%20Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx.  As a reinforcement, I am also creating a CAS page on my teaching website that will have all of the paperwork that you need this year: https://sites.google.com/site/mrharringtonsclassroom/home/cas.

Get those preapproval forms in!

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Fourteen Points TOK Link Assignment Posted

This is for the junior and senior IB history students.  I have just posted the “Fourteen Points TOK Link Assignment” in the documents section of the IB Contemporary History and IB History of the Americas websites.  These are due Friday and will serve as a potential starting point for class discussion (I still need some discussion leaders for first and sixth periods.)

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CAS Opportunities!

Two new CAS opportunities have recently come to my attention.  As I am passing them along, no prior approval form is necessary.  You may consider them preapproved.  Hat tip to Mrs. Youngblood for both of these:

1.  The Leon County Virtual School (LCVS) is in immediate need of renovation.  Currently, LCVS employees and their families are repainting and working on the offices in the Bloxam building on Calhoun Street downtown.  IB Diploma Programme students may take on this work as a CAS project, and Mrs. Youngblood says that this could provide an opening to tutoring opportunities.  See Mrs. Youngblood for details as soon as possible!

2.  Conley Elementary School will hold their annual “Swarm” fun run on 3 November, and they need many volunteers to help.  This is also a great CAS opportunity, and you can sign up online here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E44ABA82FAA8-conley.

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IB Contemporary and Americas: New Term List and Review Questions!

I have uploaded the term list and review questions for the next unit, Prescribed Subject 1: Peacemaking, peacekeeping, international relations 1918-1936.  They are on the respective websites for the junior and senior classes, labelled as “PS 1 Term List” and “PS 1 Review Questions.”  Please print these out and keep them with your class materials, as the new baby could come any day now, and your substitute will give you time in class to work on them.

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Last Minute CAS Opportunity!

Coach Hankerson needs ten students to work in two shifts of five to serve as guides for visitors to the football game tomorrow.  The time frame will be from 6:00 to 7:45.  See me or email for details.

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Junior and Senior IB History Class Discussion Prompt

This is for both the IB Contemporary History and IB History of the Americas classes.  This coming Wednesday, 19 September, we will hold a Socratic student-led discussion of historical controversies surrounding the study and memory of the First World War.  All students will need to go to the BBC’s World War One history website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwone/

Select one article from the section titled Debates and Controversies of World War One.  Identify and write down the thesis of the article, whether you agree with the thesis, and why.  Discussion leaders will of course need to read all of the articles in the section.

Congratulations to the seniors who turned in their IA drafts successfully today, and I will see you all next week!

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IB Contemporary History Discussion for Friday

You can find the articles for Friday’s discussion under “International Perspectives” on the BBC’s World War One website here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwone/

Choose any two articles in this section, and fill out an OPVL worksheet for each.  These will be due Friday.  I will hand out the OPVL sheets in class tomorrow.

Discussion leaders will of course read all of the articles, and you will also be responsible for relevant readings in the Gilbert text.

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