Wednesday, November 30, 2016

TOK 1, Day 39 (11/30): Reflections on Teaching and Learning in the Diploma Program

First, let's watch this brief video about "Hume's Guillotine":

Hume suggests that there is a gap between the way things are (what we observe to be true) and the way things ought to be.  This is related to a number of logical fallacies with which we often come into contact (the Naturalistic Fallacy comes immediately to mind), and the problem seems most closely related to the goal of maintaining the status quo.

But what if we want to change the status quo? Despite the problem that Hume identifies, taking stock of current circumstances seems like a necessary first step in any attempt to move toward a better world.  If nothing else, Hume's Guillotine insists that present circumstances beg their own question.

With that in mind, please take the next few minutes to silently reflect on your experiences in the Diploma program thus far.  Make (at least) two lists, in which you attempt to identify what the IB Diploma Program IS as well as what you believe it OUGHT TO BE.

Fill your list with adjectives, qualities, examples, random thoughts, quotes, images, or whatever seems appropriate to capture your feelings on these two categories. The lists need not be mutually exclusive: It could be that some items belong on BOTH SIDES of the list.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

TOK 2, Day 38 (11/29): EE Draft Final Prep


  • Submit your EE Draft to TurnItIn
    • Do this first (if you need to, you can do it again at the end of the period!)
    • Use the data and information that this program gives you to do final fixes and revisions on your work.
  • Use the student checklist, the assessment instrument, and this good example to make final checks on your essay. (We'll do this together!)  
    • Check on the professionality of your product (does it look beautiful?)
      • Cover page: Title, Name, Exam Year, RQ, World Studies Domain, Disciplines, Word Count, anything else?
      • Abstract and word count
      • Table of Contents
      • Header with LN and Page Number
    • Check on the RQ placement (On Cover Page? In Introduction? In Conclusion? In BOLD?!)
    • Check the format of your research
      • Do you have all your research cited and in quotes (when necessary) within your paper?
      • Do you have all your research cited in your 
    • Check on the Clarity of your Organization 
      • Are you using Subheadings?
      • Are you guiding your reader through the process of your investigation?
    • Check on the Interdisciplinary Framework
      • Have you clearly identified your TWO disciplinary approaches?
      • Are you "using the language" of these approaches throughout your essay?
    • Check on your Global Consciousness Framework
      • Have you positioned the issue personally, locally, and globally?
      • Have you incorporated and acknowledged differing perspectives?
  • Submit your Finished Draft to TurnItIn Again?
  • Submit your Finished Draft to Google Classroom (for my checkoff grade)
  • Print your finished draft, put it in a folder, and carry it to your Supervisor
REMEMBER: When you hand this folder to your supervisor, ask to set up a time (HOPEFULLY before Christmas break) to sit and discuss your essay.  Block out at least an hour for this....

Monday, November 28, 2016

TOK 1, Day 38 (11/28): Bodies Exhibit Fieldtrip

Have fun, and be ready to discuss this exhibit from a TOK perspective upon your return!!

Friday, November 18, 2016

TOK 2, Day 37 (11/18): Veterans' Day

Until we are called to the Veterans' Day assembly...

Work for me:

  • CAS Reflections
  • EE Work
  • TOK Presentation Development

Work for elsewhere:

  • Maths IA
  • History IA
  • College Essays
  • Other?

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

TOK 2, Day 36 (11/16): IRW

Work for me:

  • CAS Reflections
  • EE Work
  • TOK Presentation Development

Work for elsewhere:
  • Maths IA
  • History IA
  • College Essays
  • Other?

Monday, November 14, 2016

TOK 2, Day 35 (11/14): IRW

Things to work on:

  • EE (Submittable Draft Due Friday)
  • CAS (Grade for Oct/Nov will be entered on Friday)
  • Things for other teachers?

Friday, November 11, 2016

TOK 1, Day 35 (11/11): Veteran's Day

Let's take a few minutes to reflect on the week before we leave to attend the Veteran's Day Program

Thursday, November 10, 2016

TOK 2, Day 34 (11/10): Art, Authenticity, & Value: The "Problem" of Forgery

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
  • develop an interest in the diversity and richness of cultural perspectives and an awareness of personal and ideological assumptions

Essential Questions:

  1. What is meant by authenticity?
  2. What is the nature of value in the (high) arts?
  3. How do we make sense of the forgery?

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Thursday, November 3, 2016

TOK 2, DAY 32 (10/3): The Role Space and Place in the Creation and Appreciation of Beauty

First, this, from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows:

Now this, from Talking Heads frontman (and personal hero) David Byrne:

And finally this, from Athens-based orchestral electro-pop violinist/composer, Kishi Bashi: