Friday, September 22, 2017

TOK 1, Day 18 (9/22): CAS and The Matrix

CAS Reminder/Discussion
  • Be sure to be LOGGING CAS Reflections in an ongoing manner.
  • Maybe add a reminder to your calendar once a week.
  • Follow the Process:
    • Plan (on Managebac)
    • Do (in the "real" world)
    • Reflect (on Managebac)
Now we will Finish The Matrix.

Homework reminder:
  • Complete "Practice with Knowledge Questions" (on Google Classroom) before class on Tuesday.
    • Locate/choose a Real Life Situation
    • Identify Knowledge Claims
    • Extract implied Knowledge Concepts
    • Compose Knowledge Question
  • Don't share your RLS or your KQ with your neighbors (yet!)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

TOK 2, Day 18 (9/21): Art as an AOK

Warm Up:
"The Art Critic" Activity

Aims & Objectives
  • make connections between a critical approach to the construction of knowledge, the academic disciplines and the wider world
  • develop an awareness of how individuals and communities construct knowledge and how this is critically examined
  • examine how academic disciplines/areas of knowledge generate and shape knowledge
Key Questions
  • What is the role of judgement in art?
  • How do we justify our opinions about art?
  • What makes art good?
Start with these clips.  The first comes from Terry Zwigoff's Art School Confidential, based on the short comic by Daniel Clowes.

The second is from Zwigoff's earlier film, Ghost World (2001), based on the Clowes' comic series turned graphic novel.

Now return to your "Art Starter" activity and look at the list of works of art that you generated.  For each work (or for all of them together), list some qualities (of the work, its production, its history?) that make the art worthy of being called art.

So the question is maybe not "Is it Art?" but "Is it Good?" and if so, "How can we claim to know such a thing?"

A Sociological Theory of Art Perception

I'm going to send you home today with a reading from French Sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. Bourdieu has some (research based) ideas about where we find meaning, worth, and merit in art works. First, though, it may be worthwhile to know:
The reading is a bit heavy (Bourdieu is a Sociologist writing for Sociologists), but work to master the basic concepts in the piece.  He is writing about art, and where our ability to appreciate (and judge) art comes from.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

TOK 1, Day 17 (9/20) Knowledge Claims, Concepts, and Questions

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Course 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
  • formulate, evaluate and attempt to answer knowledge questions
Essential Questions
  1. What role do knowledge claims play in our understanding of the world?
  2. How do I develop effective knowledge questions?

First, we will Review and Discuss "Understanding Knowledge Claims, Concepts, and Questions." It is not an exaggeration to say that EVERYTHING in the TOK revolves around a working relationship with Knowledge Claims, Concepts, and Questions. Please find a safe place to store this packet, as it will prove invaluable to you as a reference and a resource. 

After we do some practice with these concepts, we will watch this video in which Donald Hoffman talks about perception, the human brain, and REALITY.  As you watch, please try to record at least three KNOWLEDGE CLAIMS that the speaker makes.

  • By Tuesday, 9/26: Locate an interesting Real Life Situation (RLS) and use it to complete the Practice with Knowledge Questions activity on Google Classroom.  Do not share your RLS or your KQ with your classmates before class.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

TOK 2, Day 17 (9/19): IRW

Things that you might be working on:

  • College entrance essays/applications
  • Extended Essay (3000-word draft due Oct 13)
  • History IA
  • Maths HW
  • TOK Presentation????

Monday, September 18, 2017

TOK 1, Day 16 (9/18): Independent Reading, CAS, and The Question of Perception

First, I need to (re)introduce the long-term independent reading assignment for this course.

  • Choose a book from this list, or find a book on your own that you think fits into one of these areas of knowledge.
  • You will be responsible for reading the book on your own.
  • To demonstrate your completion of the book, and your understanding of its possible importance to our continuing understandings in TOK, you will
    • Write a One-page paper addressing some important aspect(s), concept(s), or question(s) raised by book,
    • Distribute this one page paper to your classmates,
    • Read it aloud, and 
    • Facilitate a discussion (of ~10 minutes) based on the ideas presented in your paper.
  • Rolling due dates are based on the units of study within the the TOK Class.
Mrs. Lawler will be here at 2:15 to talk about CAS.  Please be prepared to give her your attention.

Friday, September 15, 2017

TOK 2, Day 16 (9/15): Art as an AOK

Aims and Objectives
  • examine how academic disciplines/areas of knowledge generate and shape knowledge
  • demonstrate an awareness and understanding of different perspectives and be able to relate these to one’s own perspective

  • Essential Questions

    1. What is art?
    2. What does art have to do with beauty?
    3. What qualifies as an aesthetic experience?

    Thursday, September 14, 2017