Thursday, September 29, 2016

TOK 2, Day 20 (9/29): 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?
    Agenda

    Wednesday, September 28, 2016

    TOK 1, Day 20 (9/28): Maths & Knowledge Questions



    Aims & 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.
    • formulate, evaluate and attempt to answer knowledge questions
    • explore links between knowledge claims, knowledge questions, ways of knowing and areas of knowledge
    Essential Questions
    1. What role does beauty play in Mathematics?
    2. What role does mathematics play in beauty?
    Agenda
    • Continue discussion, "Are Numbers Real?"


    Homework:
    • Update your CAS reflections (at least two written reflections for the month)
    • 10/11 - Maths OPPs due: Cassandra, Malachi, Pate
    • "The Cave" Remediations Due 


    Tuesday, September 27, 2016

    TOK 2, Day 19 (9/27): IB Presentation Prep

    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
    • formulate, evaluate and attempt to answer knowledge questions
    • explore links between knowledge claims, knowledge questions, ways of knowing and areas of knowledge
    • explore a real-life/contemporary situation from a TOK perspective in the presentation.
    Essential Questions:
    1. What makes an effective real life situation for the TOK Presentation?
    2. What is the structure of the TOK Presentation?
    Agenda:
    • Discuss RLS ideas
    • Look at examples of Real Life situations
    • Review "Knowledge Questions"
    • Watch previous TOK Presentations
    Homework:

    Monday, September 26, 2016

    TOK 1, Day 19 (9/26): 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:
    • Maths Quiz
    • Discussion: Maths: Invented or Discovered
    Video: Do Numbers EXIST?



    Video: Max Tegmark's Radical Platonism

    Video: Nature By Numbers

    Homework:
    • Maths OPPs Due 10/11



    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    TOK 1, Day 18 (9/22)




    Agenda:

    Continue work on our first Written Assessment: Plato's Allegory of the Cave & the TOK Ways of Knowing.
    • Develop and Shape your Essay.  Consider
      • How best to summarize the Allegory
      • What Ways of Knowing might you consider (you need to have two!)
      • What real life situations and concrete examples will help you develop your explanations?
    • Drafting
      • Formal Essay Structure
        • Effective introduction (Narrative?)
        • Clear Organizational Patterns
        • Careful development of difficult concepts
        • Deliberate transitions between ideas
        • Thoughtful attention to the possibilities of language for creating beauty
    • I will use This Rubric to assess the essay
      Coming up:
      • 9/26 - Essay due on Classroom and Turnitin at the beginning of class
      • 10/6 - Cave Remediation Due
      • 10/11 - Math's One Page Papers Due
      • 10/13 - Guest Speaker: Grant Muller
      Homework:
      • Due 10/6: Remediate your Essay into a visual representation that captures your essential meanings and arguments.  Think creatively about the best way to portray your ideas.

      Tuesday, September 20, 2016

      TOK 1, Day 17 (9/20): Allegory of the Cave




      Agenda:

      Continue work on our first Written Assessment: Plato's Allegory of the Cave & the TOK Ways of Knowing.
      • Develop and Shape your Essay.  Consider
        • How best to summarize the Allegory
        • What Ways of Knowing might you consider (you need to have two!)
        • What real life situations and concrete examples will help you develop your explanations?
      • Begin Drafting
        • Formal Essay Structure
          • Effective introduction (Narrative?)
          • Clear Organizational Patterns
          • Careful development of difficult concepts
          • Deliberate transitions between ideas
          • Thoughtful attention to the possibilities of language for creating beauty
      • I will use This Rubric to assess the essay
      Coming up:
      • 9/22: Finish Essay
      Homework:
      • Due 9/26: Remediate your Essay into a visual representation that captures your essential meanings and arguments.  Think creatively about the best way to portray your ideas.

      Monday, September 19, 2016

      TOK 2: Day 16 (9/19) -- Intro to the TOK Presentation


      • First, let's take a look at the Assignment description document.  Pay special attention to this diagram from the TOK Guide (p. 55).  It demonstrates the general progression of an ideal TOK Presentation:


        • Above the line: Real-world, contextual, subject-specific
        • Below the line: The world of TOK, broad, interested in the nature of knowledge
      • Your Assignment: Begin work on your TOK Presentation

      Friday, September 16, 2016

      TOK 1, Day 16 (9/16): Plato's Cave


      Today we will begin our first essay.


      Agenda:









      Coming up:
      • 9/20: Draft Essay
      • 9/22: Finish Essay

      Wednesday, September 14, 2016

      TOK 1, Day 15 (9/14): 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.

      Upcoming:
      • Plato's Cave (Day 16, 17, 18)
      • Intro to Maths (Day 19)
      • Maths OPPs (Pate, Cassandra, Malachi): October 11

      Friday, September 9, 2016

      TOK 2, Day 13 (9/9): The End of History



      Agenda:

      • Finish "Mau Mau" Podcast and complete History Framework.
      • Work on Extended Essay Draft (Due tonight by 12 am)
      • Discuss #TrojansAllIn Video Ideas
      Remember:
      • You don't HAVE TO meet with your EE mentor with this draft, but it might be beneficial to talk them through what you have created thus far.
      • We will be moving into TOK Presentation work next week.  Begin thinking about a really interesting, compelling, rich REAL LIFE SITUATION that suggests some awesome knowledge question.
      • Next Week:
        • Tuesday: Review Requirements for the TOK Presentation, Begin The Arts
        • Thursday: Continue The Arts, watch some of last year's TOK Presentations

      Thursday, September 8, 2016

      Wednesday, September 7, 2016

      TOK 2, Day 12 (9/7): History as an AOK

      REMEMBER: The FIRST FIVE PAGES of your EE, along with accompanying Works Cited, are due TO ME by next Friday, September 9. This will be your first major grade for this course, and I WILL deduct points for incompleteness and/or tardiness.

      Aims & Objectives:
      • develop an awareness of how individuals and communities construct knowledge and how this is critically examined
      • develop an interest in the diversity and richness of cultural perspectives and an awareness of personal and ideological assumptions
      • examine how academic disciplines/areas of knowledge generate and shape knowledge

      Essential Questions:
      1. How do historians construct knowledge? 
      2. What counts as evidence in history?
      3. What role does interpretation play in constructing historical knowledge?
      4. What limits exist to our pursuit of objectivity in history?

      Agenda (Google Slides):
      • History Blog Discussion
      • History Knowledge Framework Discussion
      • History Prescribed Title Talk

      Homework:
      • Complete 5-page EE Draft by Friday, 9/9.



      Friday, September 2, 2016

      TOK 2, Day 11 (9/2): History as an AOK

      REMEMBER:  The FIRST FIVE PAGES of your EE, along with accompanying Works Cited, are due TO ME by next Friday, September 9. This will be your first major grade for this course, and I WILL deduct points for incompleteness and/or tardiness.

      Aims & Objectives:
      • develop an awareness of how individuals and communities construct knowledge and how this is critically examined
      • develop an interest in the diversity and richness of cultural perspectives and an awareness of personal and ideological assumptions
      • examine how academic disciplines/areas of knowledge generate and shape knowledge

      Essential Questions:
      1. How do historians construct knowledge? 
      2. What counts as evidence in history?
      3. What role does interpretation play in constructing historical knowledge?
      4. What limits exist to our pursuit of objectivity in history?

      Agenda (Google Slides):
      • "Prove That it Happened" Game

      Homework:

      Blog: respond, in 400-600 words, to one of the following questions (Due Sunday, 9/4):
        1. To what extent is History always viewed through the lens of the present?
          1. What role does interpretation play in our understanding of the past?
            1. To what extent is objectivity attainable in history?
            Remember to model your response after a TOK Essay.  This means frame the question, give context and definition as needed, and ground your response in at least one Real Life Situation.