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30 January 2014

IB Global Politics: Update for 30-31 January

Goedemorgen,

As you may have guessed-I'm still in Holland. I'm writing this as random passengers playing piano, while folks sleep on couches and in egg chairs, and people lounge about in the airport library enjoying the free books and wifi (yes, Nederlands is dat geweldig). This would be a great opportunity to talk about the intricacies and interconnectedness of the global economy and airline travel, the changing nature of climate around the planet, or the politics of local governments (Atlanta, I'm looking at you) not being prepared for weather "disasters"; however, I'm too tired to do so just now. The short is that I won't be back to NB until Monday. 

HL2 folks: nothing has changed in your tasks for the week. You should have finished Economicon by now and have already started on the final bits of content for your final unit, Development. If someone could volunteer to write up and message me a recap of the game and debrief, that would be fantabulous. In case you need a refresher, here's what is to be done by the end of the week. 
  • Monday: Watch Bhagwati, "Why Growth Matters: How Economic Growth in India Reduced Poverty and the Lessons for Other Developing Countries"
  • Tuesday: Watch Okonjo-Iweala, "Aid versus trade"
    • Get a jump on your in class writing: How do both Bhagwati and Okonjo-Iweala frame the issue of growth in terms of a geopolitical challenge or conflict? What solutions does the Bhagwati provide? To what extent do these seem reasonable?
  • Thursday: In class writing; How do both Bhagwati and Okonjo-Iweala frame the issue of growth in terms of a geopolitical challenge or conflict? What solutions does the Bhagwati provide? To what extent do these seem reasonable?
  • Friday: In class writing; How do both Bhagwati and Okonjo-Iweala frame the issue of growth in terms of a geopolitical challenge or conflict? What solutions does the Bhagwati provide? To what extent do these seem reasonable?
  • Post your responses here
Please note that we will start HL Extension tasks on Monday. If you've not done so already, please complete your section (ahem...IB, DB, JC, EH, JG, CU, RT, NO, LS (congrats on the dance competition), MK, MN, ZG, JK, CT, ATD) of the HL Extension tracking form TODAY.

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HL1 Folks: I wanted to spend today and tomorrow working through your first Paper 1This is something that you really can't do without me there to walk you through some of the nuances, answer questions, etc (sorry). As a result, please use today and tomorrow to complete all of the readings for this week. If you've done so already, you can grab the NASAGA Training Book off of my desk (it should be there; if not, its on the bookshelf under the TV) and find a game to play. Other options for games can be found here or on the right side of the blog (of course). If you're playing games, can someone be sure to message me pics and describe the games you played, what you debrief on, etc? Thanks. 

I'll be sure to scour the globe and find some articles for Monday's current events seminar and post them here tomorrow. In addition, I'll email the randomly-selected trio of students (unless you want to volunteer-message me if you do) for Monday's facilitation. You may want to start looking for ways to run Monday's seminar by examining your options here

Tot ziens!