Month: December 2015 (page 2 of 2)

InS 9: Intro to the bystander effect.

First, discuss the video we watched at the end of last class about altruism in toddlers. What are the strengths and limitations of the study?

Part 1: Introduction to the bystander effect or the bystander intervention:

  • What you would do in the same situation.
  • What would make you react this way?

Watch the video on the death of Kitty Genovese which led to bystanderism research by Latane and Darley. 


Part 2: Read the Law et al 259-263 reading handout

What are the factors that influence whether someone helps or not?  The decision is not as simple as you might think.

Answer the following questions on a blogpost:

  • How does diffusion of responsibility play a role?
  • What about social influence (pluralistic ignorance)?  
  • Audience inhibition?
  • Arousal?
  • Cost-reward?  
  • Similarity?
  • Mood?
  • Competence and experience?
  • Hyperlink your blogpost here. (post #4)

HW for tomorrow: watch the Ted Talk from the Heroic Imagination Project by Clint Wilkins.


Grade 8: Measuring and depicting Inequality

Following our comapraisons of different countries, we have found out how they differ in terms of development, which can lead to inequalities between countries. Today we will discuss these inequalities.

In your groups, discuss these questions. Remember to focus on inequality between countries, or between people living in these countries.

  • What does inequality mean?
  • How can you measure inequality?
  • Why is the world unequal?
  • Is it possible to have a fully equal world?

Part 2:

  • As you watch the video, think of the value of the statistics he is presenting in measuring disparity.
  • In your groups, you will evaluate the claims made by Richard Wilkinson on the definitions and causes of disparity in the world today.
  • Use examples from the video to present your answers.

Part 3: Visual techniques

In your groups:

  • list all the visual techniques described in the video.
  • Can you think of any other ones?
  • Do some research to find a few more ways you can use visuals imagery to portray a message. Prepare one example for the class.
  • Put an example of your technique on this slideshow 8B 8C


We will work in groups of 2 on the info-graphic summative assessment.

Here is the TSC

Hyperlink your assessment here.


IB – 11: Food Production and Markets

Outcome: Examine the impacts at a variety of scales of trade barriers, agricultural subsidies, bilateral and multilateral agreements, and transnational corporations (TNCs) on the production and availability of food.

1. Background information: Fill in this document as a group

Trade Barriers

Multinational Agreements:

Watch this video and use this article

Agricultural Subsidies

In America

In Europe watch 4:00 to 7:00


Watch the following video, read this article

We will have a socratic dialogue discussing these questions:

  1. Define Agricultural subsidies
  2.  How do agricultural subsidies benefit local farmers?
  3. How do agricultural subsidies affect food prices?
  4. What are the impacts of trade agreements?
  5. What is the criticism of trade agreements?
  6. Describe the main lines of NAFTA
  7. What are the impacts of NAFTA for the US? Be specific
  8. What are the impacts of NAFTA for the Mexico? Be Specific
  9. What are the impacts of NAFTA on TNCs? Be Specific
  10. Explain how American subsides hurt Mexican farmers
  11. Explain the benefits of changing Mexico’s economy from agriculture to manufacturing
  12. How will China change the benefits listed in question 9
  13. What has been the impact of NAFTA on Mexican food prices?
  14. Can you guess what the environmental impacts this will have on Mexico?
  15. Can you guess what the political impacts this will have on Mexico?
  16. What will be the impact of NAFTA on Food Security?
  17. Define: plantation farming, contract farming and commercial farming
  18. Evaluate the impacts of commercial farming in Ethiopia.
  19. What is the impact of TNCs on local food security?
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