Friday, February 12, 2010

February 15 - 19

For those of you new to my blogsite, it is intended to work alongside my website at:

Please note: I am too busy to update this site right now and major revisions are needed now that GooglePages has been terminated and my work transferred to GoogleSites, which works differently.

Things that are static -- not requiring regular change -- will be posted on the website.
This blogsite will have the changing material -- lesson plans and links to particular assignments. I will try to ensure that all assignments are made available on the Internet in this way. If something is underlined on the blog, it means that you can click on it to see a copy of the particular item -- this could be a pdf document, PowerPoint, music or a video.

Use this blog to see what is coming up each week. I will usually post it on Saturdays for the following week. If you are away, you can check up on what you are missing. There is no reason for you not to know what is happening. If you do not have an Internet connection, you certainly know someone who does. If too ill to work while away, be sure to attach a note from home to any overdue work when you hand it in and I will most likely waive any late deduction.
If you can't read the PowerPoint material on your computer, download PowerPoint Viewer from Microsoft. It is free.

Sutherland has a license to access Discovery Education's United Streaming video collection. Students may download or stream videos from the collection by going to Use the passcode posted in the classroom. I cannot post this online, but you can confirm the new number by looking at what is posted in the classroom.

Please note: North Vancouver schools have had a hold-back imposed on their supplies budget. As a result, I shall be handing out far fewer paper handouts in class than in the past. Fortunately it is all available here, online. Paper copies will be made available for many items only to those students who specifically request them because they have difficulty accessing online material. Help me save money for the school and also preserve forests by using online material as much as possible.

History 12

Many students have busy work shedules during the Olympics, so I am allowing an extension on the due date of the essay to Monday, March 1. However, I will be delighted to have submissions before this date. The essay topic is available at the bottom of the Topic #1 plan.

Topic 2 is underway. Make sure that you have the plan and the questions.

If you have time, watch Niall Ferguson's War of the World talk about 20th century history from the Hoover Institute -- a great lecture. Sample from the heaps of online films listed on my Video Clips on World War I file.

Comparative Civilizations 12

The Greece package is underway. Many students have extremely busy work schedules during the Olympic period, so I have agreed to an extension in handing in the Greek package to Tuesday, February 23 -- the day after our Professional Day. If you want to hand in your work before this - on paper or by e-mail submission, I would be delighted to receive it early.

Expect a unit test on the Ancient World when we complete the following package on the Roman and Byzantine world -- probably at the very end of February.

Social Studies 11

Note: We have the pleasure of working with Mr. St. Laurent, a student teacher from UBC, this term. He completed his short first practicum in the Fall and is now with us for his long practicum. If the short practicum is anything to go by, you are in luck having him work with you.

I still have over-all responsibility for the class, but Mr. St. Laurent will do most of the teaching for the next couple of months. There is no shortage of extra help available to you between the two of us!

Find Mr. St. Laurent's lesson plans at: .