• IDC 4O Interdisciplinary Studies

    Instructor: Mr. Robert D'Alessio

    Students will develop strategies to consider constructive options that effectively solve problems in daily life.  This course offers appropriate self-awareness and communication skills development and understanding of thinking patterns to develop goal-orientation strategies.  The course serves to enhance understanding of what it means to be successful by analyzing both psychological and sociological theories on approaches to the significance/influence of mental health on overall well-being. Specific skills that are to be developed include:
    -emotional and cognitive awareness and understanding
    -bodily awareness and coordination
    -interpersonal awareness and skills


  • Gord Downie Canada 150 We Day July 2, 2017


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  • TED TALK: Canada's State of Emergency


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  • DNA Connections


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  • Palidromic poem

    Worst Day Ever?by Chanie GorkinToday was the absolute worst day everAnd don't try to convince me thatThere's something good in every dayBecause, when you take a closer look,This world is a pretty evil place.Even ifSome goodness does shine through once in a whileSatisfaction and happiness don't last.And it's not true thatIt's all in the mind and heartBecauseTrue happiness can be attainedOnly if …

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  • 8 stages of Life acc2: Erikson

    Erik Erikson and Eight Stages of Life
    Transition: progress or change from one place, state, or condition to another
    Each stage of Erikson's theory represents a challenge or conflict an individual is faced with. If the challenge is successfully resolved, the individual makes a healthy transition to the next stage having acquired experiences and understandings to help resolve the challenges of …

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  • Wright/Beitman/Jung/Coincidences

    Dr. Bob Wright:
    three different types of happiness-- the hedonic (pleasure related), engaged happiness (activity related), and the highest level-- meaningful happiness (when a person has a sense of importance that what they are doing is contributing to others).
    Dr. Bernard Beitman:
    is the first psychiatrist since Carl Jung to attempt to systematize the study of coincidences and has developed a …

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  • Personality Type (Family Life)

    ​Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
    The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is the most well known personality model in the world. Using four dichotomies (opposite pairings), the MBTI sorts individuals into 16 different personality types.
    1) Extrovert vs. Introvert - Preferred focus of attention.
    Extroverts prefer to focus on people and things. Introverts prefer to focus on inner thoughts and …

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  • Business Writing Grammar Links

    http://bowvalleycollege.ca/Documents/Learning%20Resource%20Services/Library%20Learning%20Commons/E-Resources/Study%20guides/writing%20d …

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  • Dyer's 6 Keys to the GOOD LIFE

    Wayne Dyer: Essential principles for finding your way to an inspired life, these include:
    1) Be independent of the good opinion of others
    2) Be willing to accept the disapproval of others
    3) Stay detached from outcomes
    4) Know that we need nothing/no things to be inspired
    5) Don’t die wondering
    6) Remember that our desires won’t arrive on our schedule. (I’m reminded here of an old quote …

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  • The good life

    Thoreau: "If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

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  • Ignite the Light

    In our school board, our board theme for 2015 is “Ignite the Light.” Igniting the Light means treating each other with love and the utmost kindness so as to stand out as children of the Light which we are called to be. I seek to share with students, the famous story of “The Rabbi’s Gift.” Simply by teaching a group of monks that the Messaiah was amoung them, they treated each other with …

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  • #TrendThink

    #TrendThink is our own class hashtag this semester for use in our discussion board and on Twitter to promote social commentary and class-inspired observations regarding social justice and potential paradigm shifts #paradigmshift

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  • Tuesdays With Morrie

    Film: ​https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGCYD_7taKA

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  • Why do bad things happen?

    Consider this: In Star Trek Voyager (Season 3), there is an episode where the Doctor (a holographic artificial intelligence) creates a holographic family, but B'elanna Torres thinks that the Doctor's simulation is too "nice" (in a "Leave It To beaver" sort of way). She introduces some alterations to the program to make the simulation more accurate to real life: a wife who often disagrees, a …

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  • Good stress


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Discussion Topics

  • Peace

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 9/18/2013 6:41:00 AM
    Do you think peace in the world is possible? Explain. 
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  • What Inspires you?

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 9/17/2013 8:01:45 PM
     Name something that has or does inspire you or other or motivates or pumps you up or speaks to the human condition...
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    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 7/10/2012 4:01:00 PM
    Anyting you want to talk about that relates to what we have debated (or class content or links etc). This "chat" is currently open to ENG3U, ENG4C, IDC4O, HZT4U, CPW4U, ENG1D, and CLU3M (eg. Interpret the quote: "Some laws are better than others.") (Eg."  I just saw the Hunger Games. Like the book it is based on, it is a philosophical and political film and it is a dystopia film. Here, you can share your thoughts, keeping in mind that the film has drawn varying interpretations for its political overtones, including arguments in favor of left-wing, right-wing, and libertarian viewpoints. The film displays a general distrust of government, regardless of the audience's political party affiliation.  Some viewers formed an opinion about The Hunger Games as a parable of the Occupy Wall Street activity.  The top 1% richest people in the world have more money than the bottom 95% put together! Collins doesn't use the terms 1% and 99% percent, but it's clear that those in the Capitol are members of the 1% and everyone in the Panem districts is part of the 99..."
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  • FDA

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 6/27/2012 8:36:00 AM
    The FDA has yet to approve one single non-toxic treatment for cancer or anything that isn't patented by a major pharmaceutical company. Some would say this is terrorism, your thoughts? 

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  • OTHER Class discussions

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 5/17/2012 3:58:00 PM
     In class we discussed the following today:
    1. CEO of Schizophrenia Society of Canada tells people he would definitely have Greyhound bus killer Vince Li over to his house & around his family and that this man is no longer a threat to society and should be free. Do you agree? He beheaded and ate his victim 3 years ago. 
    2. The Canadian National Museum of Science and Technology has a controversial exhibit on sex. Is this inappropriate for a museum that cators to so many children?

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  • Is self-help sometimes just a common sense money-grab?

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 5/2/2012 12:46:11 PM
     So thinks radio hose Arron Rand:
    Had someone on the show a few weeks ago, questioning the importance we attach to self-help books, etc. Then I came across this article in Psychology Today, listing the Top 10 ways to be happy. Really ? Do we need someone to actually tell us these things ? Don't we inherently know all these things already ? Doesn't common sense prevail here, or have we all lost the ability to use it ? Here's the list.
    1.Be with others who make you smile (Studies prove we're happier around those that are also happy) 

    2.Hold on to your values (What you find true, what you know is fair, and what you believe in -- never let those go) 

    3.Accept the good (take stock of what's working in your life!) 

    4.Imagine the best (vision yourself getting what you really want) 

    5.Do things you love 

    6.Find purpose (find a way of contributing to the well-being of humanity. People tend to find great pride in that) 

    7.Listen to your heart (keep your day job for the time being, but follow your passions) 

    8.Push yourself, not others (Stop blaming others and you'll find your answers much sooner) 

    9.Be open to change (change happens, so emotionally shore yourself up for the experience) 

    10.Bask in the simple pleasures (silly jokes, warm days, starry nights)
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  • LINKS discussion

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 3/26/2012 5:53:00 AM
    Post general comments and questions to links posted, or share new links, or report dead links.
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  • Religion Chapter

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 3/20/2012 9:31:55 AM
     Post comments and questions about religion and politics here. FYI, yesterday, we learned about the Dalai Lama; 

    Thedre will be a Live Webcast with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Delhi University; public talk entitled "Ethics - Educating the Heart and Mind" on March 22, 2012 in New Delhi, India, from 2:00pm - 3:30pm Indian Standard Time (GMT+5.30). Live webcast can be viewed at http://dalailama.com/live-english

    For times in your region, 2:00pm Indian Standard Time on March 22nd in New Delhi, India, is the same as 4:30am Eastern Daylight time March 22nd in New York, USA.

    Video and audio for streaming and download will be available after the event athttp://dalailama.com/webcasts
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  • TV commercials

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 3/14/2012 7:47:19 AM
     We have talked about subliminal suggestions in class and noted how commercials reinforce the idea that the viewer is deficient in something, which sends a negative message to people who are typically in a hyper-suggestible state while watching TV. In this context, is it true that "we are our own worst enemies," and if so do we have to rise above all this negative programming? Comment:
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  • General discussion

    Posted by Rob D'Alessio on 3/6/2012 2:05:00 PM
    1) How does power corrupt people?

    2) How does superstition affect human behaviour?

    3) How can appearences be different from reality? What influences our perceptions?

    4) Do you think that Shakespeare's plays are still relevant for today's audiences?  Is Shakespeare something that should continue to be taught in high school?  Give your reasons for or against these questions.  If you think Shakespeare should no longer be taught, provide what you think to be a suitable alternative.
    Technology has developed, and has changed our society and lifestyles, drastically over the last two decades.  What impact has technology had on literacy?  In your opinion, has it enhanced your literacy skills or detracted from them?  How has access to information changed the way you think and learn?  Do websites like Wikipedia impede or encourage learning?  Should our definition of literacy change as our definition of communication changes?

    Pick a character from a novel, play, short story or poem and either:

    a) Describe how you connect personally with this character, either through their character traits or your own life experiences;


    b) Describe how you think that character would fare in modern-day times, in Russell, Ontario.
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