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



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

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.