Wednesday, April 18, 2018

TOK 1, Day 79 (4/18): Human Sciences TOK Essay



In order to close out our discussion of the Human Sciences, your next blog will take the form of a mock-TOK Essay related to that Area of Knowledge.

To begin, we will look at the guidelines for a TOK Essay, and we will read one good TOK Essay together.  Then, we will spend some time practicing the first step in the TOK Essay Process: Unpacking the Title.

Finally, I will read you this advice from the IB Subject Guide about nuance in the TOK Essay.

You should pick one of the titles we discuss in class today, and build your next blog around it.  This blog is due on Sunday, April 29th.

  • 800-1000 words in length
  • Clearly define and develop understanding of The Human Sciences and one other area of knowledge
  • Focused on identifying and developing knowledge questions
  • Ideas supported by well-developed real-world examples and explanations

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Tok 1, Day ?? (4/12): Core Thursday


Please use this time to work toward effective completion of the following ongoing concerns:

Extended Essay

  • A huge number of you (a startlingly large and increasingly troubling number of you) have not yet submitted a formal research proposal.  If you have radically changed your topic since then, you probably ought to work up a new one.
  • Reading and Research should be ongoing (remember that the point of this essay is to LEARN SOMETHING, DISCOVER SOMETHING or FIGURE SOMETHING OUT, and then professionally convey this new thing to an audience.
  • 1000-word essay draft due next FRIDAY.
  • Email your supervisor to set up a time for your First Formal Reflection Session
    • The reflection for this session should be written BEFORE YOU LEAVE YOUR MEETING, and should be typed in the appropriate space in Google Classroom.
CAS Reflections

Next week:
  • Monday: Debrief on Inside Out, Human Sciences Quotation Discussion
  • Wednesday: Human Sciences TOK Essay Topics Analysis
  • Friday: TOKIRL Writing Day

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

TOK 1, Day ?? (4/10): Inside Out and the Human Sciences



Please reflect on the Human Sciences as they are presented in the recent Disney/Pixar film, Inside Out.

Then, please turn your attention to the Inside Out Viewing Guide.  Enjoy the film and use the viewing guide to reflect on the film's relation to TOK concepts.

Additionally, please remember the following:
  • Everyone should be updating their CAS reflections (DO IT!)
  • EE 1000-word draft due next Friday (4/20)
  • Many of you are missing one or more TOKIRL Blogs.  Please see to these ASAP.


Monday, March 26, 2018

TOK 1, Day ?? (3/26): What's so Hard about "Soft Sciences"?


Essential Questions:
  1. What are the differences between experimentation and prediction in the Natural and Human Sciences?
  2. How do assumptions affect interpretation?
Agenda:
  • Discussion: Jared Diamond, "Why Soft Sciences are often Harder than Hard Sciences"
  • Activity: Operationalizing Concepts in a Wolf Pack
Upcoming:
  • Wednesday: Psychology, Memory, and Inside Out
  • Friday: Finish Inside Out, discuss viewing Guide

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

TOK 1, Day 72 (3/20): TOK Presentations and the Human Sciences

Asch Experiment

Central Concerns:
  • How do we construct an effective TOK Presentation?
  • In what ways are the Natural Sciences and the Human Sciences similar? In what ways do they differ?
  • How can the Knowledge Framework help me organize my understanding of the Areas of Knowledge?

Agenda:
  • Practice TOK Presentations
    • Rodas, et. al.
    • Group Metts
    • Bartlett, etc.
  • Activity/Discussion: Atmospheric & Group Pressure

HW:
  • Read Diamond, "Soft Sciences" and respond to discussion questions - Due Tuesday (Pro Tip: If "entering into [written] conversation" with Diamond's article helps you to process it, this could become your 1st TOKIRL blog!)
  • Core Thursday - CAS Presentations for assigned students
  • TOKIRL Blog - Due Sunday

Friday, March 16, 2018

TOK 1, Day 71 (3/16): TOK Presentations & The Human Sciences



Central Concerns:
  • How do we construct an effective TOK Presentation?
  • In what ways are the Natural Sciences and the Human Sciences similar? In what ways do they differ?
  • How can the Knowledge Framework help me organize my understanding of the Areas of Knowledge?

Agenda:
  • Practice TOK Presentations
    • East, Cook, Hobson, Robinson
    • Honea, Thomas, Dukes
  • Activity/Discussion: Atmospheric & Group Pressure
HW:
  • Read Diamond, "Soft Sciences" and respond to discussion questions - Due Tuesday (Pro Tip: If "entering into [written] conversation" with Diamond's article helps you to process it, this could become your 1st TOKIRL blog!)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

TOK 1, Day 70 (3/14): Presentations, The TOK Knowledge Framework & The Human Sciences

Central Concerns:

  • How do we construct an effective TOK Presentation?
  • In what ways are the Natural Sciences and the Human Sciences similar? In what ways do they differ?
  • How can the Knowledge Framework help me organize my understanding of the Areas of Knowledge?

Agenda:

  • Practice TOK Presentations
    • East, Cook, Hobson, Robinson
    • Thompson, Rooks
  • Quick Talk: Natural Sciences vs. Human Sciences
  • Intro to the Knowledge Framework
    • Consider the relevance of each aspect of the Knowledge Framework to the way that shared knowledge is constructed.
    • How you might answer these questions with regards to the Human Sciences
  • Intro to TOKIRL Blogging Assignment
HW:
  • Read Diamond, "Soft Sciences" and respond to discussion questions - Due Tuesday