Saturday, January 22, 2011

January 24-28

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Things that are static -- not requiring regular change -- can be found at my website:, I'm afraid I do not update this regularly. I spend most of my time keeping the blog up to date.

This blogsite will have all of the changing material -- lesson plans and links to assignments. I will try to ensure that all assignments are posted here.If you see something underlined, it means that you can click on the item to have it appear. I will do this for all pdf documents, PowerPoints, videos, and even some music.

Classes have finished for the semester, but marks are still being generated. The final due date for overdue assignments and bonus marks was set as last Friday for students with passing grades. Anyone who is currently failing can still hand in work -- but I will need it by Wednesday in order to process it in time to alter your mark. GET BUSY!!!

Thank you to all students for contributing to a really interesting semester. My grade 8s were among the best grade 8 classes I have ever taught. The 11s were also terrific. As for my 12s, thanks for sticking it out; I hope you take away with you the same love of History that has enriched my life.

Social Studies 8

Your exam is on Wednesday, January 26, between 11:15 and 12:45. The room numbers are D207 and D209 - depending on your block. Some students may write their tests in alternate settings, according to your IEP -- you know who you are and we have gone over locations with you on several occasions. Arrive early and bring your text book(s) or I shall have to present you with a bill during the test. We must get books back to teach next semester's classes.

Social Studies 11

Your exam is a provincial exam and it will be held in the small gym on Wednesday, January 26, between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. Some students have alternate locations because of your IEPs and you should know who you are and where you are to go. Be sure to bring text books with you as I will have to get them back to use next semester. If you forget, I will have to present you with a bill at the exam.

History 12

Your final exam is a little more complicated than most. It is either a provincial exam or a class-based exam, depending on your choice. Some of you have the option of writing in an alternate setting, because of your IEPs. Most will go to the Library Computer Lab. Provincial exams are electronic format only. Class based exams are paper only -- yet another complication -- but the format and difficulty of the two tests is identical. The only difference is the value of the test; 20% for the class exam and 40% for the provincial.

BC universities take the best of your class mark or your blended (class +provincial exam) mark. Logically, those scoring above 60% and wanting to attend a BC university, should, therefore, choose the provincial exam as it has potential benefit in raising your mark, while not having a downside. If you are under 60%, going into the test, there is the possibility of failing the course if a disastrous exam result greatly reduces your mark. Think carefully about which exam to choose. For those writing the class exam, your final class grade will include the class final exam. Any student going into the exam with a mark under 50% should definitely write the provincial exam, as its greater weight means it gives you a better chance of passing if you get over 50% on it.