Wednesday, September 21, 2016

G11 - Week 6 - Day 2

In-class work
  1. Applications of Elasticity (PED, XED and YED)
  2. Find news article for practice IA assessment of ch. 3-4
    1. How to Structure an Economics IA
    2. Evaluation in Economics
    3. Sample Micro IB Economics IA
    4. Assessment Marking - See IA Rubric
  3. Ch. 3-4 practice commentary will be handed in at the end of next class (hardcopy)

From the blogosphere

Currently Reading

Education for Sustainable Happiness and Well-being
“Many of the arguments in favor of innovation build on the premise that the most innovative countries are also the most economically competitive. Hence, the need for education to shift from contributing to the older industrial model of economic development to the modern era where the knowledge economy is paramount. Discussions rarely make the connection to sustainability. Tony Wagner is an exception: 
What we urgently need is a new engine of economic growth for the twenty-first century. The solution to our economic and social challenges is the same: creating a viable and sustainable economy that creates good jobs without polluting the planet. And there is general agreement as to what that new economy must be based on. One word: innovation. (Wagner, 2012, p. 2) 
Wagner builds on the work of Teresa Amabile (1998) regarding creativity to discuss the factors that help to develop innovators. Both Amabile and Wagner see critical thinking, developing expertise, and motivation as the three key factors that interact with one another. Likewise, they both have the view that motivation is more important than expertise and creative thinking skills because this determines what you will do with the skills you have developed. They further distinguish between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. Extrinsic motivation refers to factors outside oneself. It could mean that motivation comes from other people, a desire for approval, good grades, or fear of failure. Intrinsic motivation is more internal and is associated with interest, curiosity, satisfaction, a sense of achievement, and so on. Wagner believes that the essential ingredients for intrinsic motivation are play, passion, and purpose. This was borne out through his interviews with innovators. 
As an interesting side note, positive psychologists have found that people who are intrinsically motivated tend to report greater life satisfaction, so there is an association between intrinsic motivation and happiness (Brown & Kasser, 2005; Kasser, 2014). For example, people who are extrinsically motivated tend to place greater value on popularity, social image, and financial success. In contrast, people who are intrinsically motivated are inclined to have values that contribute to their well-being or that of others." (pp. 60-61)
  1. Do you think schools operate with the above ideas as primary to their purpose?
  2. If no, how would schools operate differently if they did devote themselves to the above ideas?

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