updated November Essay Submission

In an effort to help you manage the workload for the first essays, here is a series of due dates.  If you can’t make a due date, please let me know so I can check on you.  This is a stressful time of year and I want to help you manage your workload in a healthy way.  And, frankly, I care about you.  Please stay in touch.  In theory, you have a start on your essay already.  So, you should be able to:

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Essay Resources

For those diploma candidates (2016 grads) who will test in May of 2016, these are the essay prompts you will be selecting from.  This will be the rubric we discuss in more detail later in the month.  If your are a Junior in the 2015-2016 school year, you will be submitting an essay to IB that you will write based on NEXT YEAR’s prompts (not these ones).  You will, however, be writing essays on these prompts as assigned – one in November and one in January.

You will need to sign in to the turnitin.com class –
Class ID – 11132614
Enrollment password – Spartan2016

For the November essay, you can choose from either title 1 or title 3. As we get closer, we will set a timeline with due dates.

The first step will be to recognize the knowledge issues associated with your prompt.  Try this page (published by IB) for some examples, and try this link for the general overview published by IB.

Further down the road, there will be paperwork.  Once you have decided (in January) which prompt you’d like to develop into the essay you will submit, you will need to complete this Essay Planning and Progress Form. It will ask you to describe the process you went through and the interaction that you have had with me regarding your progress as you developed your essay.

Linking Emotion and Reason as ways to know

For today’s exploration, please review the pages you’ve read from the textbook – 171-173 – regarding fallacies of emotion and apply what you’re learning to politics.  Consider the reading you’ve done, or perhaps these links discussing common fallacies.  Or this one from Business Insider (thanks, Charlie).  Look for fallacies that are used in political debates and then research what our future president is doing.  Here’s one for practice (thanks, Shashank): What fallacy is at play here?

Review what others are saying about the Republican and Democratic debates and look for fallacies in the thinking of the candidates.  Be sure to excerpt a sample from both political parties – not just the party you are opposed to.  Print out what you’ve found and include your own commentary discussing the fallacies found therein.

As we deepen our exploration of emotion…

you will have an independent research today.  Beyond micro-expressions, you’re on your own to research, print out, and learn from some other source.

In class last week, there were several things that we could review from previous conversations.  We discussed emotional intelligence and the test results.  Here is an overview if you didn’t get a chance to attend during our debrief Friday.  One idea that came up earlier in the week was the role Ethos, Pathos, and Logos play in knowing things.  Here is a link about their role in crafting an effective speech.

In one of the sections, we talked about effective leadership.  What role might emotional intelligence play in making one an effective leader?  Here’s what the Harvard Business Review had to say on the matter.  Although it is only the first part of the article, you may find some of it worth pursuing.

In another class, we discussed the possibility of micro-expressions.  Here is an example of one of the tests. Please take it.  This second test uses video – Give it a shot.  Don’t forget to track some of your outside research that you do on these areas of interest for your journal.

And lastly, here’s a blog post from Goleman himself explaining the origin, the journey, and the significant impact of Emotional Intelligence in our global society.  Check out the links to enhancing emotional intelligence

Exploring Emotional Intelligence

Today (November 3rd) in class, we will explore the concept of Emotional Intelligence by taking a test about Emotional Intelligence at www.queendom.com. If you have a laptop, bring it to class.  The expectations in class are to:

  •  take the test and consider what it is testing
  • as you’re testing, copy/paste into a Word document any questions that seem odd or interesting
  • comment about those questions so you don’t forget your wondering

When you’re done with the test…

  • copy and paste your results into the word document
  • answer the follwing questions –
    • What does the test assess?
    • What do the results make you wonder?  What value do they have?
    • Consider the link to “Scientifically Validated”… what would that even mean?
      • From what it says and from your results, what do you think Emotional Intelligence is?
  • Conduct some research into the founders and the ideas behind the test.  What was the original set of ‘findings?’  What was the intended ‘learning’?  What is E.I. supposed to tell us?  And what good is that?
  • and then PRINT all of it and bring it to class on tomorrow.  We will be discussing your responses and thoughts about Emotional Intelligence and, in general, about Emotion as a way to know things.