Thursday, December 10, 2015

TOK 2: Day 42 (12/10)

7:50-8:05

  • Vicky will present for her CAS Project (Q & A to follow)


8:05-9:10

  • History: Using the History Knowledge Framework as a Lens for Interpretation
  • Radiolab: Mau Mau



9:10-9:18
Midterm Assignment

Remember:
CAS:

  • Unless otherwise specified, all CAS Project Stuff should be Done Before Break!!

EE:

  • You should already have arranged a meeting with your mentor to discuss your draft before the break.
  • On 1/8 (your first day back), we will do a thorough review of EE for formatting concerns.  Then we will submit them.  And that will be that.

Midterm

  • I will give you your midterm assignment Today.  
  • You will have Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to complete it.  
  • You must submit it to me on paper and digitally ON FRIDAY.
  • We will spend the last 30 minutes of Friday sharing (briefly) our ideas. (Prepare 2 slides)

TOK Essays

  • Your Midterm is a mock TOK Essay.  
  • We will continue to discuss TOK Essays in January, and will write your final essays in February.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

TOK 2: Day 41 (12/8)

7:45-8:15
  • Mrs. Holloway will be here to discuss CAS Project Completion
  • CAS Project should be finished by 12/10
  • CAS Documentation and Evidence Submitted by 12/18

8:15-9:18
  • History: Using the History Knowledge Framework as a Lens for Interpretation
  • Radiolab: Mau Mau
Remember:
  • CAS: 
    • Unless otherwise specified, all CAS Project Stuff should be Done Before Break!!
  • EE: 
    • You should already have arranged a meeting with your mentor to discuss your draft before the break.
    • On 1/8 (your first day back), we will do a thorough review of EE for formatting concerns.  Then we will submit them.  And that will be that.
  • Midterm
    • I will give you your midterm assignment on Monday.  You will have Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to complete it.  You must submit it to me on paper and digitally ON FRIDAY.
  • TOK Grades - More on this.
  • TOK Essays
    • Your Midterm is a mock TOK Essay.  
    • We will continue to discuss TOK Essays in January, and will write your final essays in February.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

TOK 2: Day 38 (12/2) - Prepare for Freshman IB Presentations

Guiding Questions:

  • How has IB Shaped me as a learner?
  • What problems might I face when communicating about IB to others?
  • What does a freshman considering IB need to know, and what should be saved for later?

Potential Knowledge Questions:

  • How do Images, Attitude, and Tone act as language?
  • What are the best methods for counteracting faulty assumptions?

After Anna shares her version of the Presentation with me, we should talk through it.  Those who have given these presentations before can tell us the ups  and downs.  The rest of us will learn and consider.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

TOK 2: Day 34 (11/12) - Extended Essay



Agenda:
  • Use the Extended Essay Guide to check your Extended Essay Format. 
    • See especially this link, which talks explicitly about formatting a professional document.
    • Also, read this criteria checklist and review your Extended Essay with a critical eye.
  • Submit Your Extended Essay on Turnitin.com
  • Also, submit your essay on Google Classroom.
  • Finally, submit your essay to your mentor:
    • Print your essay (you may have to use my computer or go to the library)
    • Staple it, 
    • Put it in a manila folder (on my desk) write your name on the tab 
    • Leave your printed essay, in its folder, on my desk.  I will add some information for your mentors, and we will deliver them next week.
  • After you turn in your EE, you are required to NOT THINK ABOUT IT for at least TWO WEEKS! (Take a break. You deserve it.)

  • When you are all finished, you can begin watching “F for Fake”, which is about authenticity, and authorship and value in the arts.  (And it’s one of Orson Welles’s weirder late films, and he is a personality to behold all on his own.)
    • The movie is on my black and red flash drive.  Eli please help get it started playing on my computer.
  • Please also work together to untangle and reorganize the cords in the laptop cart, get all the computers plugged in neatly, and then close the cart up for me.  Thanks!

Friday, November 6, 2015

TOK 1: Day 32 (11/6) - The Natural Sciences



Essential Questions:

  1. What are the natural sciences?
  2. What are the central problems of knowledge creation in the natural sciences?
Agenda:
  • Discuss Blog Prompt and responses
  • Talk Through "The Natural Sciences" Prezi, by Chris Kirby
  • Use Guided Reflection Page to record key info, understandings, and reflections
  • Check Scientific Method Quizzes
  • Read "What's So Great About Science Anyway?" by Richard Feynman
Homework:
  • Finish Reading/Annotating "The Natural Sciences" Chapter

Thursday, November 5, 2015

TOK 1: Day 32 (11/5) - History

Reminders:

  1. Extended Essay Finished Draft (3000+) Due Nov. 13
    • Review Formatting and requirements on the Extended Essay Guide
    • Assignment is on Turnitin.com
      • Class ID: 11081360
      • Enrollment PW: TrojanTOK
    • Also on Google Classroom
    • Also Print and deliver (in a folder) to your EE Mentor IN PERSON.
  2. Update your CAS Progress regularly.
    • Ms. Holloway will be here on Monday to have 1-on-1 conferences with you regarding your CAS Project.

Agenda:
  • Set Up Blogs
  • History, Bias and Selection Activity

Homework:


  • Write a blog (400-600 Words) based on the following knowledge claim:
"Bias is inevitable in the study of history."

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

TOK 1: Day 26 (10/21) - Back to The Future Day


Please login to Turnitin.com and submit your "Plato's Cave & The Ways of Knowing" Essay.  Then submit the essay to me on Google Classroom.

Then, we will discuss the IB Yearlong Calendar and the importance of deadlines and serious study.

Finally, we will view Back to the Future II and examine it for IB-related Knowledge Claims, Concepts, and Questions.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

TOK 2: Day 24 (10/14) - Presentations / History

First things First
Anna will do her presentation. Please give her your attention.

Meetings:
Then, I will meet briefly with Tim and Ashlyn.

History
After that, maybe we can watch this great video about history and violence with my new personal favorite public intellectual, Steven Pinker.


Monday, October 12, 2015

TOK 2: Day 23 (10/12) - TOK Presentation Prep

TOK Presentations

I will meet with Carleigh and Vicky today!

All Documents attached to Google Classroom, and are also available on the NEW TOK Presentation section of this Blog (click on the above tab)

  • Presentation Assignment Description
  • Calendar of Presentation Dates and Pre-Meeting Dates
  • Topic Development Questions Assignment - Please be sure to complete the Topic Development Questions BEFORE you arrive at your meeting with me.
  • TK/PPD form - This must be completed carefully, as it is the method by which your presentation will be moderated
  • Rubric

Extended Essay Reminders


  • Here is the Digital EE Guide (also linked on the right side of this site)
  • Submit your Outline and Bibliography to your mentors. I will be meeting with them next week to go over assessment criteria.  You should meet with them also in the coming weeks
  • Be adding to a Researchers Reflection Space (RRS) - see that section of the EE Guide for ideas about what to include!
  • Your Draft (due November 13) should be as near complete as you can get it.  Remember that THIS IS YOUR ONE CHANCE FOR MENTOR COMMENTARY before the final submission.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

TOK 2: Day 21 (10/6) - TOK Presentation Prep

TOK Presentations
All Documents attached to Google Classroom

  • Presentation Assignment Description
  • Calendar of Presentation Dates and Pre-Meeting Dates
  • Topic Development Questions Assignment - Please be sure to complete the Topic Development Questions BEFORE you arrive at your meeting with me.
  • TK/PPD form - This must be completed carefully, as it is the method by which your presentation will be moderated
  • Rubric

Extended Essay Reminders
  • Here is the Digital EE Guide (also linked on the right side of this site)
  • Submit your Outline and Bibliography to your mentors. I will be meeting with them next week to go over assessment criteria.  You should meet with them also in the coming weeks
  • Be adding to a Researchers Reflection Space (RRS) - see that section of the EE Guide for ideas about what to include!
  • Your Draft (due November 13) should be as near complete as you can get it.  Remember that THIS IS YOUR ONE CHANCE FOR MENTOR COMMENTARY before the final submission.




Monday, October 5, 2015

TOK 1: Day 20 (10/5) - IRW

IRW

  1. CAS
    • Add Activities
    • Add Reflections
    • 1 for September
    • 2 or more for October
  2. TOK Blogs

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

TOK 1: Day 19 (9/29) - Intuition

Today is Sophia's Day:

Guiding Questions:

  • What is intuition? How does it work?
  • Why are some people considered more intuitive than others?
  • How reliable do you think intuition is? How do we know when a decision is intuition?
Resources:

Other Resources:

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

TOK 2: Day 18 - IRW


Independent Research and Writing
My son, Will, has Strep....again.....

Please use this day to complete any or all of the following:

Extended Essay Sentence Outline /Annotated Bibliography Due 9/28. (I Have created an assignment in Google Classroom for you to submit this.  After you submit it to me, go ahead and print it out, and we will put it in a folder to submit to your mentors.)
  • Outline: 
    • Make it specific. Format it correctly.
    • Incorporate all parts of essay
    • Include all major/minor points
    • Include references to sources where appropriate
  • Annotated Bibliography
    • 10-15 Sources
    • Separate into Primary/Secondary
    • Appropriate Bibliographic Style (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.)
    • Brief synopsis of each work
CAS: Please be updating CAS activities, reflections, documentation. I will do a Check before next progress report. At least 2 activities per month! (I'll be checking this next week.)

TOK Presentation: Feel Free to begin work on your real-life presentation. 

  • I would like to start presentations on October 12 (which is a Monday) and do no more than two per day for that week and the next week.  
  • I added this to our IB Core Calendar. October 12, 14, 16, 20, and 22.  (I'm really fine with doing one a day and pushing into the next week also). 
  • This lets us avoid Homecoming week, and also gives whoever wants to sign up for that first day time to develop their pres and consult with me at least once beforehand.  
  • If you guys want to sort of who's going when, feel free!
Other Stuff: You know how to prioritize.

TOK 1: Day 17 (9/23) - Emotion (Tori)



Today is Tori's Day:

Monday, September 21, 2015

TOK 1: Day 16 (9/21) - WOK: Faith


Marianna will lead our class today:

Warmup
Willow in the Wind (Trust Exercise)

Major Question
  • Can theistic beliefs be considered knowledge because they are produced by a special cognitive faculty or “divine sense”?
Minor Questions
  • Can faith and religion be considered to have the same meaning?
  • What is the relationship between faith and reason as ways of knowing?
Texts
What new understandings do you hope we walk away with (bullet list!)
  • A different perspective on the meaning of faith
  • Faith as a way of knowing
  • Faith relating to trust and religion

Monday, September 14, 2015

TOK 2: Day 14 (9/14) - TOK Presentation Practice


Image Source: TOK Guide, p. 55


Continue work on Mock TOK Presentation:

Your Assignment: Work with a partner to develop a practice TOK Presentation.
  • For the purposes of this mock presentation, please choose a Real Life Situation that deals (directly or indirectly) with either The Arts or History as an Area of Knowledge.
  • For the purposes of this mock presentation, please limit your presentation to 10 minutes total (remember that, for the REAL presentation, the appropriate time will be 10 minutes per presenter)
  • Please use the "Knowledge Questions, Concepts, & Claims" and "Practice with Knowledge Questions" handouts to guide your development of the presentation.
  • As you develop your presentation, please complete the TK/PPD form that is used for IA moderation.  Note: all of your responses are limited to 500 words or fewer (TOTAL!), so think carefully about how can best demonstrate your work here!!
  • Consider the TOK Presentation Rubric as your complete your presentation.
  • Due Date: 9/18/2015
I will begin brief Presentation Conferences with you once you have begun your work. 

Please Remember:
  • Mock Presentations due 9/18
  • Remember to add CAS activities, documents, and reflections to ManageBac
  • Ms. Holloway will be here next class for a CAS update.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

TOK 2: Day 12 (9/8) - Knowledge Claims, Concepts, & Questions



First, let's review the following ideas from TOK:
  • Knowledge Claims
  • Knowledge Questions
  • Knowledge Concepts
  • Real Life Situations
These are the building blocks of both your TOK Presentation and Essay.  

In the coming days, I am going to have you practice a TOK presentation by developing a set of knowledge questions around our current AOK, the Arts. 

Friday, September 4, 2015

TOK 1: Day 11 (9/4) - WOK Presentation Projects


Please continue working on your WOK Presentation Projects.  I will be conferencing with you individually.  Please note the Presentation Dates below (There are slight changes)

  • Day 12 (9/9): Perception (Jacob)
  • Day 13 (9/11): Language (Sara)
  • Day 14 (9/15): Faith (Mariana)
  • Day 15 (9/17): CAS & IRW -- I will be in and out this day.  Ms. Clark will be your sub.
  • Day 16 (9/21): Emotion (Tori)
  • Day 17 (9/23): Imagination (Bre)
  • Day 18 (9/25): Intuition (Sophia)
  • Day 19 (9/29): Reason/Memory (Brewer)

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

TOK 1: Day 10 (9/2)



Agenda
Before Lunch, we will attempt to accomplish the following:

  • Continue to work on your WOK Lesson
    • Remember: THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX.  Feel free to find some way to make your lesson FUN or MEMORABLE or DIFFERENT!
  • Complete a First Draft of your "Lesson Framework" (on Google Classroom)
    • Guiding Questions
    • Essential Understandings
      • Definition(s)
      • Strengths/Weaknesses
      • Links to other WOK/AOK
    • Major Text
    • Activity?
After lunch:
  • You will continue to work on your lesson.  
  • I will be conferencing (<5 minutes) with each of you about your lesson.



Friday, August 28, 2015

TOK 2: Day 9 (8/28) - Independent Research & Writing

Things to work on:

  • College applications/essays
    • Can we crowdsource a list of due dates here?
  • EE Research
    • Visit Library, access good sources
    • Make good notes - you should NOT have to dig back through the original source when you begin to write
    • Annotated Bibliography - Do it right the first time
  • EE Outline - See this example
  • EE Mentor Meeting Reflection - put this in your Action Plan (on Google Classroom)

Friday, August 21, 2015

TOK 1: Day 6 (8/21)

Standards:
O1: identify and analyse the various kinds of justifications used to support knowledge claims
O2: formulate, evaluate and attempt to answer knowledge questions
O3: examine how academic disciplines/areas of knowledge generate and shape knowledge
O4: understand the roles played by ways of knowing in the construction of shared and personal knowledge
O5: explore links between knowledge claims, knowledge questions, ways of knowing and areas of knowledge
O6: demonstrate an awareness and understanding of different perspectives and be able to relate these to one’s own perspective
O7: explore a real-life/contemporary situation from a TOK perspective in the presentation.

Essential Questions:
  1. Where do we stand in relation to the TOK Objectives?

Agenda:
  • TOK SLO - 
    • Please take out a pen and grab a legal pad and clipboard from the bin under the supplies caddy.
    • You will have the entire class period to work on your response.
    • If you need more time, plan to come after school by Tuesday of next week!
    • When the lunch bell rings, leave your work at your seat.  Do not discuss this test during lunch, or at all really until after Tuesday.

Homework: