New rule – old problem; rent ceiling

Around about this time during IB1, students should be well into the various forms of government intervention that are included in the IB syllabus. For micro economics, these include (indirect) taxes, subsidies, maximum prices and minimum prices. You may rest assured that at least one of these will be the subject of an exam question for you! During the summer, Berlin became the first German city to implement rent controls, e.g. a maximum rent on inner-city housing in Berlin. The basic ...

Syllabus order

I have written here about one of the questions facing IB schools and teachers, namely in which order one might best go through the syllabus. Naturally this is a question for all subjects yet the discussion here is confined to economics. Briefly recapitulating, I have put forward that there are costs and benefits in following a strict syllabus order. The benefits are ease of following the progression for students and that when students move (as frequently happens in IB schools) it's ...

Almonds, water and the paradox of value

Anybody following the news about California might think, on the surface, "Wow, time to get serious about global warming." Anybody who's read a few stories and has an inclination towards speculative behaviour might think "Ah, time to buy almond futures!" And finally, anyone who's read some basic economic history might stop and reflect upon Smith's 'paradox of value'. I will expound briefly on the latter two - avoiding the global warming (or 'climate change') debate. I simply am too confused about ...

Exercise exploring film making techniques – Shot selections

The following is one in a series of simple exercises to encourage film students thinking about the mechanics of film making, and reflecting on creative choices made by film makers as conscious and intentional. My intention is that these exercises slot into the first semester of IB Film. Hopefully they will be a useful resource towards discussions leading to production portfolios, oral presentation and introducing the basic idea of supporting analytical ideas with actual examples of film language, the lingua franca ...

Exploring gender representations in the independent study

This post is an attempt to explain how one can approach the subject of representations in reading movie narratives, and to be taken seriously in the independent study. My primary intention is to offer some weight to those of you who might have students interested in exploring gender representations. Far too many independent study about gender representations confine themselves to the unfairness or narrowness of stereotypes as perceived through plot device. When what they should do is to use the ...

The most eloquent of cuts

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My students were asked to comment on which of the areas of film language they found most attuned to and which they found most difficult to get to grips with, many remarked on how difficult it seems that lighting is to read, others editing.. The truth is that even your teachers will also have difficulty with some texts. Textual analysis requires closely focused attention, and one has to be in the right frame of mind to do it. While it is difficult to ...

Flight from the Indonesian Rupiah – Part II

By Monday, October 28, 2013 , , 0

The previous post dealt with the self-fulfilling prophecy - or "self-reinforcing feedback loop" - of negative expectations which, when acted upon, create the very situation that was feared/expected in the first place. If speculators/investors feel a currency such as the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) overvalued then their very actions of dumping the currency will create a fall in the exchange rate for the Rupiah – the IDR will depreciate. No, thinking oneself attractive does NOT have a positive or self-reinforcing effect and ...

Professional Development Opportunities for IBDP Economics Teachers

Triple A Learning’s highly successful Online IB Teacher Workshops are available through OSC, providing teachers with an ideal and cost-effective professional development opportunity for teachers and school staff who cannot take time away from school. From October 2013, we will be running the following online workshops for Economics teachers: Managing a successful Business and Economics Department Maths in Economics - getting the numbers right for HL Paper 3 What's so great about the online workshops for Economics teachers? Take place over the internet using a Virtual Learning ...

A prophecy and a flight from the Indonesian Rupiah – Part I

A prophecy and a flight from the Indonesian Rupiah – Part I The well-known statement “I think, therefore I am” has a bit more philosophical depth than I am willing and able to deal with so I shall simply use it as a diving board out into the skewed version I often use in class: “I think something will happen and my very actions based on this expectation shall prove me right!” This is what economists refer to as a ...