Wednesday, December 6, 2017

TOK 1, Day 41 (12/6): Introduction to the Extended Essay



Aims & Objectives
  • make connections between a critical approach to the construction of knowledge, the academic disciplines and the wider world
  • identify and analyse the various kinds of justifications used to support knowledge claims
  • examine how academic disciplines/areas of knowledge generate and shape knowledge
  • understand the roles played by ways of knowing in the construction of shared and personal knowledge
Agenda:
  • Introduction to the Extended Essay
    • What it is
    • How to do it
    • An Example
    • First Steps

Thursday, November 30, 2017

TOK 1, Day 39 (11/30): IRW



Independent Research and Writing Day.

Please use the period to quietly work on the following items (in the following order):

  • CAS: 
    • There are 6 of you who have not done the MINIMUM CAS reflections. 
    • There are several others who could definitely use some BONUS CAS credit.  
    • Please use this time to reflect honestly and thoughtfully to your CAS experiences in the past month.
    • AND/OR, go ahead and plan some experiences for this coming month!
  • Missing Blogs and Other Work
    • MANY of you have not yet listened to Invisibilia.  You may use this time to do so, and to write your reflection blog.
    • Some of you never reflected on your MAP.  DO IT
    • Somebody hasn't even turned in his or her cave essay ----BOOOOO!
  • CAVE Essay Reflections
    • I am ALMOST done reading and responding to your CAVE essays (sorry....)  
    • When I am done with yours, you will see it returned in Google Classroom.  
    • Please
      • Take time to reread your essay, in the context of my responses AND your own changing ideas about the world and writing.
      • Compose a reflective response (~400 words) in which you
        • Briefly Introduce the assignment and summarize the requirements
        • Summarize the approach that you took in the essay and why you decided this was a good way to do it.
        • Consider the things that still seem really solid to you, as well as the weaknesses that you see now (because you are older and wiser and/or because I pointed them out)
        • Suggest (in some interesting or specific ways) how this essay would be different if you were given the assignment today rather than forever ago (sorry...) - 
          • These suggestions "might" take the form of a few "I might..." statements
          • NOTE: There is at least one wrong answer to this element, and that would be anything along the lines of "if I were to write it again, I wouldn't change a thing!"
  • Math Article w/questions (we'll talk about it Monday)
Looking ahead:
  • Monday is Math Day again
  • Wednesday we will talk Extended Essay
  • Friday is our Midterm Cultural Exploration Feast. I will get paper products.  Please prepare:
    • A dish that has some cultural relevance to you
      • Ethnic/National/Indigenous recipes (ones that you ALREADY know and love, OR ONES that you research and try out as a way of "getting in touch with your roots")
      • Important Family recipes (maybe a "once a year special," maybe a more frequent tradition, maybe family "comfort food")
      • NO pre-made store-bought stuff, please..."My family eats Domino's once a week" IS a fascinating anthropological event, but it's not so interesting for people sharing each other's culture.
    • A brief (~400 words) explanation of the dish and its significance (post it to your blog!)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

TOK 2, Day 39 (11/29): Intro to the TOK Essay

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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
  • identify and analyse the various kinds of justifications used to support knowledge claims
  • formulate, evaluate and attempt to answer knowledge questions
  • examine how academic disciplines/areas of knowledge generate and shape knowledge

Learning Intentions (What we'll try to 'get')
  1. Familiarize yourself with the prescribed titles for the 2018 TOK Essay, as well as the general form and expectations for the assessment.
  2. Practice unpacking a title
Success Criteria (How we know we 'got' it):
  1. Idea Generation Activity leads to compelling knowledge questions and connections between areas of knowledge
  2. First TK/PPF reflection demonstrates a growing connection with one or more of the titles

Agenda:
  • Intro to the TOK Essay - What it is and how it's scored
  • TOK Essay Exemplar Analysis
  • TOK Essay - Idea Generation Activity & Discussion
  • TK/PPF - First Reflection Session (On Google Classroom, post by tonight)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

TOK 1, Day 38 (11/28): Introduction to Maths as an AOK


Aims and Objectives:
  • make connections between a critical approach to the construction of knowledge, the academic disciplines and the wider world.
  • critically reflect on their own beliefs and assumptions, leading to more thoughtful, responsible and purposeful lives.
  • identify and analyse the various kinds of justifications used to support knowledge claims.
  • examine how academic disciplines/areas of knowledge generate and shape knowledge.

Essential Questions:

  1. What is the nature of mathematics?
  2. What is the mathematics of nature?
Agenda:
  • Warm Up: Thanksgiving Debriefing and Blog Share
  • Maths Quiz
  • Discussion: Maths: Invented or Discovered
Video: Do Numbers EXIST?



Video: Max Tegmark's Radical Platonism

Video: Nature By Numbers





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"