Monday, November 13, 2017

TOK 1, Day 35 (11/13): Language as a Map

Knowledge Questions:
  1. If my language is a map, what lies beyond its borders?
  2. Where do words get their meanings?

Agenda:
Discuss "Metaphors We Live By".  Consider these guiding questions:

  1. How do our concepts shape our behavior?
  2. What are the implications of the metaphors by which we navigate the world?  
    1. Where can they get us into trouble? 
    2. How can understanding them empower us to make changes in the world?
  3. Can you think outside these metaphors?  What does the world look like out there?
"Jabberwocky" Activity?

Then Finish?
Radiolab: Translation, Part 1, "100 Flowers"
When Douglas Hofstadter was 16, he read a poem. Just an innocent little poem, a few short lines, nothing special. But the poem burrowed deep into his brain, and many years later, he set out to translate the thing and landed in a world of ham and jam and endless partial views of a person lost to time.


Final Unit Blog:
Invisibilia is an NPR podcast that explores "The Invisible Forces that Shape our World." Their 3rd Season is a "Concept Album"--a series of episodes about the way that our concepts shape the way we operate in the world.

Over Thanksgiving, take time to listen to ONE of the following episodes.  Then, in a well organized Blog (400-800 words), reflect on the insights and examples that the episode explores. Be sure that your blog

  • Provides a brief objective summary
  • Highlights important ideas presented by the hosts and featured experts of the podcast
  • Connects these ideas to personal experiences
  • Identifies and explores compelling questions raised by the episode



Thursday, November 9, 2017

TOK 1, Day 34 (11/9): Language Maps

Knowledge Questions:

  1. If my language is a map, what lies beyond its borders?
  2. Where do words get their meanings?


Agenda:
Ferdinand De Saussure set the course for linguistic studies in the modern age.



The Visuwords Dictionary makes visual the weblike interconnectedness of meaning in language

Radiolab: Translation, Part 1, "100 Flowers"
When Douglas Hofstadter was 16, he read a poem. Just an innocent little poem, a few short lines, nothing special. But the poem burrowed deep into his brain, and many years later, he set out to translate the thing and landed in a world of ham and jam and endless partial views of a person lost to time.


Meaning below the words: "The Jabberwocky Activity"

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

TOK 1, Day 33 (11/7): Language as a Map



Good afternoon!

First, let's take care of some administrative matters:

  • Feedback vs. Grades
  • Maths One Page Papers
  • Yoga Day
  • Plans for after Thanksgiving
Now, I'd like to finish hearing about your Personal Geographies.

Finally, we will begin a short discussion of how language might also be considered as a map.

Homework:

Blog (400-800 words) - Due Sunday
  • Part 1: narrativize your Personal Geography.  This should be a well-written, carefully organized re-telling of the description that you gave in class.
      • What aspects of your personality did you choose to represent?
      • How did you use the conventions of mapping to create meaning?
      • What does your map suggest about the relationship between your personal knowledge and the shared communities of knowledge that you are a part of?
  • Part 2: Reflect meaningfully on SOMEONE ELSE'S Personal Geography.
      • What creative choices did they make that you found interesting, compelling, or counterintuitive?
      • What important relationships can you draw between their Personal Geography (personal knowledge) and your own?
  • You can access my pictures of your maps here (include them in your blog)
Reading, "Metaphors We Live By" - Due Monday
  • Read for understanding
  • Annotate (don't just highlight).
  • Identify at least 3 passages "worth talking about"

Thursday, November 2, 2017

TOK 1, Day 32 (11/2): Independent Research and Writing


I am home today with Daniel, who is sick.  Please use this time to work quietly on things that YOU need to get finished.  If you are working/studying collaboratively, find a place to sit together and keep your voices low.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

TOK 1, Day 31 (10/31): Personal Geographies


Aims & Objectives

  • develop an interest in the diversity and richness of cultural perspectives and an awareness of personal and ideological assumptions
  • critically reflect on their own beliefs and assumptions, leading to more thoughtful, responsible and purposeful lives
  • formulate, evaluate and attempt to answer knowledge questions
Knowledge Questions

  1. How do we use visual models to organize knowledge?
  2. How are our visual metaphors reflected in our worldview?
  3. How does our personal knowledge & experience construct our vision of the world around us
Agenda

  • Finish "Visual Encyclopedias" Presentations
  • Personal Geographies Exhibit Labels
    • What aspects of your personal knowledge are on display in this map?
    • What cartographic conventions have you employed?
      • Does color have special significance?
      • Are place names or routes symbolic?
      • Have you provided a Key?
    • How should we read your map? What might it mean for us?
  • Personal Geographies Exhibition & Reflection

Monday, October 30, 2017

TOK 2, Day 31 (10/30): Presentation Prep


Aims & Objectives
  • develop an awareness of how individuals and communities construct knowledge and how this is critically examined
  • identify and analyse the various kinds of justifications used to support knowledge claims
  • explore a real-life/contemporary situation from a TOK perspective in the presentation.


Essential Questions
  1. How can TOK bring new understanding to real-life situations?

Agenda
  • TOK Presentation Exemplar Analysis
  • TOK one-on-one conference (Adeline & Emily)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

TOK 1, Day 29 (10/25): Visual Encyclopedias of Knowledge



Today is a workday (I will be absent):
  • FIRST: Finish the "Visual Encyclopedia"
    • 7-10 images with blurbs - Remember, these should be SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS of the model (i.e., the model being used to communicate something!)
    • 1 image used as an RLS to extract and then explore a knowledge question 
      • KQ Slide 1: Identify 2-3 knowledge claims from your RLS
      • KQ Slide 2: State your Knowledge Question
      • KQ Slide 3 (and possibly 4): Provide some analysis and/or tentative answers to your knowledge question.
      • Include your example model on each slide for continued reference!
    • DUE FRIDAY at the start of class! On Friday, you will present and we will discuss.
  • THEN: Continue Personal Geography Project - DUE Tuesday
Coming up:
  • Friday we will present and discuss our Visual Encyclopedias
  • Monday you will show off your Personal Geographies, and then we will push into "Language as a Map"