Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER AUSCHWITZ?


Today, January 27, 2015, is Holocaust   Remembrance Day and the 70th  anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. It is being commemorated in Poland, which the Nazis turned into a massive grave yard during WW II. Yet so many years later, why is it so very important to remember the largest of the Nazi prison camps and what went on there? What can we learn from the experience and what conclusions can we draw? Do your research and write an essay where you explain the reasons and the justification.
Familiarize yourself with the issue
·         “Auschwitz – WW II” http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/auschwitz
·         Photo gallery: “Remembering Auschwitz: 70 years after liberation” http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2015/01/remembering-auschwitz-70-years-after-liberation/384835/  
Reading material to make notes on
·         “68 years after Auschwitz: why we still remember” http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2013/01/27/sixty-eight-years-after-auschwitz-why-we-still-remember/ 
Videos to watch and make notes on

Saturday, January 24, 2015

INCOME INEQUALITY; EFFECTS AND SOLUTIONS


Income inequality, one of the most serious problems facing many economies around the world, was one of the major issues discussed at the World Economic Forum at Davos this year. It is said to impact the physical well being of individuals and cause all manner of social ills and economic problems all of which make it a priority for many countries. President Obama has been trying to raise taxes on the rich to help the struggling middle classes but is this the only solution? Do your research in the order suggested and write an essay in which you discuss the issue and suggest solutions.
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
·         “Income inequality” https://prezi.com/zxwmsaw0a00v/income-inequality/ 
Videos to watch and make notes on:
·         “How income inequality harms societies” http://www.ted.com/talks/richard_wilkinson
·         “The consequences of inequality and wealth distribution” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUVk1mx6W4g
·         “Why occupy Wall ST? The real effects of income inequality” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fX3SbHDTkk
Reading material to make notes on:
·         “About inequality: impacts” http://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/about-inequality/effects  You will need to click on the bar across the top of the website to cover all the areas
·         “Income inequality” http://www.bloombergview.com/quicktake/income-inequality
·         “Is income inequality harmful?” http://lanekenworthy.net/is-income-inequality-harmful/


Friday, January 23, 2015

BURNOUT: SYMPTOMS, CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS


Burnout is a very common problem suffered by people ranging from caregivers to nurses and from those in the private sector to those in the military; in fact, by people in any given sector. As such, it needs to be understood and tackled properly both for the individual’s sake and for that of the business or the patients as it impacts the quality of work, success rates and profits. Do your research and write a comprehensive essay on burnout.
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
·         “Burnout” https://prezi.com/4siv9uskwuqb/burnout/
Videos to watch and make notes on:
·         “Burnout – causes, symptoms and solutions” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVk02DiUUPo
·         “Workplace satisfaction issues: problems and solutions” http://education-portal.com/academy/lesson/issues-in-the-workplace.html#lesson
·         “Burnout explained: avoid burnout with these 4 coaching steps”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qm3D__GEGog
Reading material to make notes on:
These sites contain information on what burnout is, its symptoms, causes and solutions so click to check them all out.
·         “Burnout solutions” http://job-burnout.eu/burnout-causes/ 
·         “Library burnout: causes, symptoms, solutions” http://ala-apa.org/newsletter/2009/12/01/spotlight-2/ 

·         “Job burnout: how to spot it and take action” http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/adult-health/in-depth/burnout/art-20046642

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION INTO THE EU: A GROWING PROBLEM


Illegal migration into the EU from Africa and the Middle East has reached epic proportions provoking a strong political and social response. Why do these people up sticks and face a perilous journey to reach Europe? What are the effects of such mass migrations of people  and how should the problem be dealt with? Do your research and write an essay on the topic
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
Power point: “Illegal immigration: causes, effects and solutions
Reading material to make notes on
·         “How to deal with immigration in Europe” http://one-europe.info/dealing-with-immigration-in-europe
·         “Europe’s immigration crisis”  http://www.the-american-interest.com/2014/09/05/europes-immigration-crisis/ 
Reading material: effects
·         “Cultural effects of migration” http://www.globalization101.org/cultural-effects-of-migration/ 
Videos to watch and make notes on:
·         Immigration: Britons want ‘Drastic Action’http://news.sky.com/story/1153164/immigration-britons-want-drastic-action
Documentaries
·         Too many immigrants; impact of immigration in UK, Episode 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5s3bBZEtCw
·         Immigration to Europe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEJrYekGRgM




Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SHOULD THERE BE LIMITS TO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION?


Immediately after the horrific Charlie Hebdo attack, people started to cry out “Je suis Charlie”or “I am Charlie” but how honest where they really being? Would they like to be Charlie or would they not like to be Charlie and were going with the flow? To what extend does everyone really support freedom of expression? Voltaire said even if he disagreed, he would defend to the last someone’s right to free speech. Was he going too far or was he right? Do your research and make up your mind. Then write an argumentative essay.
Reading material to annotate
·         “Should there be limits on freedom of speech?” http://www.debate.org/opinions/should-there-be-limits-on-freedom-of-speech
·         “Should there be restrictions on freedom of speech?” http://www.debate.org/opinions/should-there-be-restrictions-on-freedom-of-speech
·         “Nineteen arguments for hate speech bans and against them” http://freespeechdebate.com/en/discuss/nineteen-arguments-for-hate-speech-bans-and-against-them/
·         “Should hate speech be a crime?” http://newint.org/sections/argument/2012/12/01/is-hate-speech-crime-argument/
Video to watch and make notes on
·         “Martin Luther King, I Have a Dream, Aug 28, 1963” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs


HOW AN INTROVERT CAN BE HAPPIER : ACT LIKE AN EXTROVERT


Extroverts are generally happier, studies show. And research shows introverts feel happier when they act extroverted.
By: Sumathi Reddy
Published: The Wall Street Journal; July 23, 2013; http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887324144304578621951399427408
Level of Difficulty: **
BEFORE YOU READ
Before you start tackling the reading task it would be a good idea to revise what you know about the two attitudes. To do so, study the following presentation:
Now that you have a better understanding of what the terms mean, take the following tests to discover where you stand and how happy you feel:
QUESTIONS
1.       Read the first two paragraphs of the text and decide:
·         Which sentence can be deleted
·         Whether the paragraph division is appropriate
2.       Acting like an extrovert makes the introvert happier because
·         He is more honest about himself
·         He forms a bond with others
·         He feels a sense of achievement
·         He is more social
·         All of the above
·         None of the above
·         Other please specify
3.       There is a basic biological reason why extroverts are more motivated: their increased………………………………………………………………………………………………
4.       Mr. Powell disagrees with the above biological explanation for greater all round well being enjoyed by extroverts his sources of happiness are simply more varied/different/simpler/more complex.
5.       One basic difference between extroverts and introverts is their degree of…………………………..
6.       Earlier life experiences have a greater effect on determining how introverted or extroverted one later becomes because…………………………………………………………………………………………………..
7.       Despite the fact that it has been proved that acting more like an extrovert increases happiness, introverts refuse to try this because
·         They correctly predict the final outcome
·         They misjudge the final outcome
·         They feel embarrassed and anxious
8.       The reason for the surprising results reached in Dr. Zelensky’s experiment is the fact that ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
9.       The reason for Dr. Little’s behavior during breaks at conferences I his need to……………………so  as to be able to focus during the rest of the conference to the best of his abilities.
10.   What is the basic shortcoming of research into extroverts and introverts carried out thus far? They don’t take into account
·         Individual differences
·         Political differences
·         Cultural differences
·         Psychological differences
11.   Introverts are stated to be better at ……………………………………………………………………………..
WRITING TASK
First alternative:
Having studied the text carefully and annotated it, write a summary. This is a challenging summary task as it will require reorganization on a grand scale. Check out the examples on this blog if you need help.
Second alternative:
Watch the video below and write an argumentative essay on the following subject: Is it really better to be an extrovert?
HOW AN INTROVERT CAN BE HAPPIER: ACT LIKE AN EXTROVERT KEY AND TEACHER’S NOTES
This wonderful comparison on quite a hackneyed topic does come up with a whole lot of interesting information that comes as a surprise. The text also lends itself to some good multiple choice questions which fact might help you familiarize students with them and show them how to tackle them.
1.       The first sentence of paragraph two can be eliminated; the section could be one paragraph instead of two.
2.       All of the above
3.       Sensitivity to dopamine
4.       Different
5.       Interaction with other people
6.       That is when the connectivity between neurons is being established
7.       The second
8.       Acting out of character can take a physiological toll on the nervous or immune systems
9.       Emotionally recharge; to escape from the vicissitudes of over stimulating colleagues won’t do because it doesn’t tell us what exactly he achieves by escaping.
10.   Cultural differences

11.   Listening and working creatively

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

WHY DO SOME BRAINS ENJOY FEAR?


The science behind the appeal of haunted houses, freak shows and physical thrills
By: Allegra Ringo
Level of Difficulty: **
BEFORE YOU READ
·         Do you enjoy thrillers and horror stories? Which ones have you watched?
·         What extreme sports do you know? Would you like to try any of them?
·         What makes danger and coping with it so attractive?
·         Do you feel whether or not you enjoy thrillers is a matter of personality or is there some other reason?
QUESTIONS
1.       What does “this” refer to in the phrase “this isn’t just about personal choice”?
2.       The reason why some people enjoy frightening and thrilling situations more is the fact they………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
3.       Why does the aftermath of a scary experience lead people to in fact enjoy the experience? Isn’t this rather illogical?
4.       Early childhood memories may lead some people to dislike frightening experiences because they lead to………………………………………
5.       People who enjoy a frightening situation would not derive the same pleasure if……………………………..because……………………………………………………………………………..
6.       People can learn to fear anything; the only thing needed is…………………….. The case of ……………………..proves this point.
7.       The common characteristic of all scary monsters is that they go against……………………
8.       The obsession with zombies, vampires and ghosts is linked to man’s preoccupation…………….. coupled with the desire to………………………………………………………
9.       Roller coasters and similar rides are now present in every amusement park the world over because …………………………..has become big business.
10.   What ghost stories, gothic novels and places like Barnum’s American Museum have in common? They don’t provide…………………………………………………………………………………………
11.   Strong / weak emotional responses lead to closer/ more distant relationships between the people sharing the experience. This has survival value/ emotional value/physical value
WHY DO BRAINS ENJOY FEAR KEY AND TEACHER’S NOTES
This fascinating text has a definite wow factor and has universal appeal. The reading task I have prepared mostly test summary skills and paraphrasing skills so it should be done while preparing to write summaries.
1.       The fact that the natural high from the fight or flight response feels great.
2.       Lack the brakes on dopamine release and uptake in the brain.
3.       No it is not illogical; the scary situation leaves them with a sense of confidence when it is all over.
4.       (The building of ) flashbulb memories
5.       They were not in safe environments; because their brains would process the fact that these were real threats.
6.       Fear conditioning; Baby Albert
7.       The general laws of nature
8.       With death; live forever OR to imagine a life after the death
9.       Scaring ourselves for fun
10.   Physical thrills

11.   Strong, closer, survival value