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"

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

TOK 1, Day 33 (11/7): Language as a Map



Good afternoon!

First, let's take care of some administrative matters:

  • Feedback vs. Grades
  • Maths One Page Papers
  • Yoga Day
  • Plans for after Thanksgiving
Now, I'd like to finish hearing about your Personal Geographies.

Finally, we will begin a short discussion of how language might also be considered as a map.

Homework:

Blog (400-800 words) - Due Sunday
  • Part 1: narrativize your Personal Geography.  This should be a well-written, carefully organized re-telling of the description that you gave in class.
      • What aspects of your personality did you choose to represent?
      • How did you use the conventions of mapping to create meaning?
      • What does your map suggest about the relationship between your personal knowledge and the shared communities of knowledge that you are a part of?
  • Part 2: Reflect meaningfully on SOMEONE ELSE'S Personal Geography.
      • What creative choices did they make that you found interesting, compelling, or counterintuitive?
      • What important relationships can you draw between their Personal Geography (personal knowledge) and your own?
  • You can access my pictures of your maps here (include them in your blog)
Reading, "Metaphors We Live By" - Due Monday
  • Read for understanding
  • Annotate (don't just highlight).
  • Identify at least 3 passages "worth talking about"

Thursday, November 2, 2017

TOK 1, Day 32 (11/2): Independent Research and Writing


I am home today with Daniel, who is sick.  Please use this time to work quietly on things that YOU need to get finished.  If you are working/studying collaboratively, find a place to sit together and keep your voices low.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

TOK 1, Day 31 (10/31): Personal Geographies


Aims & Objectives

  • develop an interest in the diversity and richness of cultural perspectives and an awareness of personal and ideological assumptions
  • critically reflect on their own beliefs and assumptions, leading to more thoughtful, responsible and purposeful lives
  • formulate, evaluate and attempt to answer knowledge questions
Knowledge Questions

  1. How do we use visual models to organize knowledge?
  2. How are our visual metaphors reflected in our worldview?
  3. How does our personal knowledge & experience construct our vision of the world around us
Agenda

  • Finish "Visual Encyclopedias" Presentations
  • Personal Geographies Exhibit Labels
    • What aspects of your personal knowledge are on display in this map?
    • What cartographic conventions have you employed?
      • Does color have special significance?
      • Are place names or routes symbolic?
      • Have you provided a Key?
    • How should we read your map? What might it mean for us?
  • Personal Geographies Exhibition & Reflection

Monday, October 30, 2017

TOK 2, Day 31 (10/30): Presentation Prep


Aims & Objectives
  • 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
  • explore a real-life/contemporary situation from a TOK perspective in the presentation.


Essential Questions
  1. How can TOK bring new understanding to real-life situations?

Agenda
  • TOK Presentation Exemplar Analysis
  • TOK one-on-one conference (Adeline & Emily)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

TOK 1, Day 29 (10/25): Visual Encyclopedias of Knowledge



Today is a workday (I will be absent):
  • FIRST: Finish the "Visual Encyclopedia"
    • 7-10 images with blurbs - Remember, these should be SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS of the model (i.e., the model being used to communicate something!)
    • 1 image used as an RLS to extract and then explore a knowledge question 
      • KQ Slide 1: Identify 2-3 knowledge claims from your RLS
      • KQ Slide 2: State your Knowledge Question
      • KQ Slide 3 (and possibly 4): Provide some analysis and/or tentative answers to your knowledge question.
      • Include your example model on each slide for continued reference!
    • DUE FRIDAY at the start of class! On Friday, you will present and we will discuss.
  • THEN: Continue Personal Geography Project - DUE Tuesday
Coming up:
  • Friday we will present and discuss our Visual Encyclopedias
  • Monday you will show off your Personal Geographies, and then we will push into "Language as a Map"

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

TOK 2, Day 29 (10/24): IRW


Aims and Objectives
  • make connections between a critical approach to the construction of knowledge, the academic disciplines and the wider world
  • understand that knowledge brings responsibility which leads to commitment and action
  • Examine a real-life/contemporary situation from a TOK perspective in the presentation.
Essential Questions
  1. How can I manage my time effectively to complete long-term assessments?
  2. What do I need to do/learn in order to be prepared for the IB Examination?
Agenda
Independent Research and Writing. You may be working on these things:
  • EE 3000-word draft (past due!)
  • CAS Reflections (2 per month)
  • IB TOK Presentation
    • 1-on-1 meetings in November
    • conference prep document is ON GOOGLE CLASSROOM
    • complete before conference
  • IAs
  • College Applications?
  • Other essentials?
Coming Up
  • Thursday - Last "free" workday for a while
  • Next week - revisiting IB Presentation Format, Introducing IB Essay Topics

Monday, October 23, 2017

TOK 1, Day 28 (10/23): UWG Geographer Andy Walter


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
Knowledge Questions:
  1. How do geographers use maps to construct and negotiate an understanding of the world?
Agenda:
  • Please welcome UWG Geographer Andy Walter.
Reminders:
  • Wednesday is a workday (I will be absent)
    • Finish the "Visual Encyclopedia"
      • 7-10 images with blurbs - Remember, these should be SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS of the model (i.e., the model being used to communicate something!)
      • 1 image used as an RLS to extract and then explore a knowledge question 
        • KQ Slide 1: Identify 2-3 knowledge claims from your RLS
        • KQ Slide 2: State your Knowledge Question
        • KQ Slide 3 (and possibly 4): Provide some analysis and/or tentative answers to your knowledge question.
        • Include your example model on each slide for continued reference!
      • DUE FRIDAY at the start of class!
    • Continue Personal Geography Project - DUE Tuesday
  • Friday we will present and discuss our Visual Encyclopedias


Thursday, October 19, 2017

TOK 1, Day 27 (10/19): A Visual Encyclopedia of Knowledge



TOK Aims & Objectives

  • make connections between a critical approach to the construction of knowledge, the academic disciplines and the wider world
  • examine how academic disciplines/areas of knowledge generate and shape knowledge
  • formulate, evaluate and attempt to answer knowledge questions

Knowledge Questions

  1. How do we use visual models to organize knowledge?
  2. How are our visual metaphors reflected in our worldview?

  • Monday (10/23): Guest Speaker, UWG Geographer Andy Walter
  • Wednesday (10/25): TOK Workday: Continue "A Visual History of Knowledge"
  • Friday (10/27): Share & Discuss Visual Histories
  • Change: Tuesday (10/31): Present Personal Geographies
  • Change: Maths OPPs due 11/15

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

TOK 2, Day 27 (10/18): IRW


Aims and Objectives

  • make connections between a critical approach to the construction of knowledge, the academic disciplines and the wider world
  • understand that knowledge brings responsibility which leads to commitment and action
  • Examine a real-life/contemporary situation from a TOK perspective in the presentation.
Essential Questions
  1. How can I manage my time effectively to complete long-term assessments?
  2. What do I need to do/learn in order to be prepared for the IB Examination?
Agenda
Independent Research and Writing. You may be working on these things:
  • EE 3000-word draft (due Friday)
  • CAS Reflections (2 per month)
  • IB TOK Presentation (1-on-1 meetings in November)
  • IAs
  • College Applications?
  • Other essentials?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

TOK 1, Day 26 (10/17): TOKIRL & Models as Maps of Knowledge



Aims & Objectives
  • critically reflect on their own beliefs and assumptions, leading to more thoughtful, responsible and purposeful lives
  • formulate, evaluate and attempt to answer knowledge questions
Essential Questions
  1. How are TOK concepts evident in my daily life?
  2. How do we model knowledge in the disciplines, and how do these models shape our thinking?

  • TOKIRL Share-out
  • Models, Maps & Paradigms
  • Manuel Lima, “A Visual History of Human Knowledge”
  • Intro to Models as Maps Activity
Homework:
Continue Maps of the Imagination Assessment

Thursday, October 12, 2017

TOK 1, Day 25 (10/12): Knowledge as a Map



Aims and Objectives

  • make connections between a critical approach to the construction of knowledge, the academic disciplines and the wider world
  • develop an interest in the diversity and richness of cultural perspectives and an awareness of personal and ideological assumptions
  • critically reflect on their own beliefs and assumptions, leading to more thoughtful, responsible and purposeful lives
  • understand that knowledge brings responsibility which leads to commitment and action


Essential Questions
  1. Does knowing geography make me a better person?
  2. How is knowledge like a map?


Agenda
  • Continue Maps Discussion
    • How do maps reflect reality?
    • How do maps construct reality?
  • Maps of the Imagination
  • Personal Maps, Shared Maps

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

TOK 2, Day 25 (10/11): IRW



Things that you might be working on:
  • College entrance essays/applications
  • Extended Essay (3000-word draft due Oct 13)
  • History IA
  • Bio IA
  • TOK Presentation - Due dates are on the Calendar!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

TOK 1, Day 24 (10/10): Knowledge as a Map


Aims and Objectives

  • make connections between a critical approach to the construction of knowledge, the academic disciplines and the wider world
  • develop an interest in the diversity and richness of cultural perspectives and an awareness of personal and ideological assumptions
  • critically reflect on their own beliefs and assumptions, leading to more thoughtful, responsible and purposeful lives
  • understand that knowledge brings responsibility which leads to commitment and action


Essential Questions

  1. What does it mean to develop Global Consciousness?
  2. Does knowing geography make me a better person?
  3. How is knowledge like a map?


Agenda

  • World Maps from Memory Activity
  • Maps Discussion
  • Borges, "On Exactitude in Science"

Monday, October 9, 2017

TOK 2, Day 24 (10/9): IRW



Things that you might be working on:
  • College entrance essays/applications
  • Extended Essay (3000-word draft due Oct 13)
  • History IA
  • Bio IA
  • TOK Presentation - Due dates are on the Calendar!

Friday, October 6, 2017

TOK 1, Day 23 (10/6): Final Essay Workday




Agenda:

Finish 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:
    • 10/6 - Cave Remediation Due
    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.

    Thursday, October 5, 2017

    TOK 2, Day 23 (10/5): IRW



    Things that you might be working on:
    • College entrance essays/applications
    • Extended Essay (3000-word draft due Oct 13)
    • History IA
    • Bio IA
    • TOK Presentation - Due dates are on the Calendar!

    Wednesday, October 4, 2017

    TOK 1, Day 22 (10/4): Cave Essay Workday




    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
    Homework:

    • Final Essay Workday Friday

    Tuesday, October 3, 2017

    TOK 2, Day 22 (10/3): What is Art for?



    First, we'll talk through Bourdieu's "Sociological Theory of Art Perception".
    1. What does Bourdieu have to say about the act of appreciating art?
    2. What does Bourdieu have to say about art's relationship to education and social class?
    3. How would we go about testing Bourdieu's theory?
    Now, we can look at the survey.

    Finally, let's just think for a few minutes about the uses of art.
    1. Is art a worthwhile endeavor, and if so, why?
    2. What is art really for?

    Here, philosopher Alain de Botton (Homepage, wikipedia, Twitter) takes on the difficult question.

    Monday, October 2, 2017

    TOK 1, Day 21 (10/2): 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:
    • 10/4: Finish Essay
    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.

    Friday, September 29, 2017

    TOK 2, Day 21 (9/29): IRW



    Things that you might be working on:
    • College entrance essays/applications
    • Extended Essay (3000-word draft due Oct 13)
    • History IA
    • TOK Presentation
    • Reading Bourdieu article

    Thursday, September 28, 2017

    TOK 1, Day 20 (9/28): Plato's Cave


    Today we will begin our first essay.


    Agenda:








    Coming up:
    • 10/2: Draft Essay
    • 10/4: Finish Essay

    Wednesday, September 27, 2017

    TOK 2, Day 20 (9/27): IRW



    Things that you might be working on:
    • College entrance essays/applications
    • Extended Essay (3000-word draft due Oct 13)
    • History IA
    • TOK Presentation
    • Reading Bourdieu article
    • CAS Reflections (Due by Thursday)

    Tuesday, September 26, 2017

    TOK 1, Day 19 (9/26): Knowledge Questions & Computer Simulations


    Aims and Objectives

    • critically reflect on their own beliefs and assumptions, leading to more thoughtful, responsible and purposeful lives
    • formulate, evaluate and attempt to answer knowledge questions


    Essential Questions

    1. How do we construct, verify, communicate, and evaluate knowledge?
    2. How might a TOK lens change our understanding of real-life problems?
    3. What are the problems associated with a Cartesian worldview, or, are we living in a computer simulation?
    Agenda
    • Let's begin by reviewing the qualities of a good knowledge question.
    • Then, we will talk through a number of your practice knowledge questions. 
      • First, we'll decide if they meet the requirements set forth by the TOK guide (i.e., are they good KQs?)
      • Then, we'll talk through the implications or possible directions that your good questions might lead.
    • Finally, we will read philosopher Nick Bostrom's fantastic short essay "Are we living in a computer simulation?" As we read, consider:
      • How does Bostrom build a logically consistent and compelling argument?
      • Which of his three possible futures do you find more likely? Why?
      • How might one live differently if they assumed they were in a simulation?
      • What does such a possibility suggest for Maths, Natural Sciences, and Religion?
    Homework
    Complete the Independent Book form (on Google Classroom) to sign up for your OPP date.

    Monday, September 25, 2017

    TOK 2, Day 19 (9/25): Art as Theft



    Let's watch this TEDTalk by artist and author, Austin Kleon.



    Now consider the implications of his claims on what we understand to be true about the arts, and about creativity and originality more generally.


    Finally, let's make our own Newspaper Blackout Poems.

    Topics for discussion:
    1. How do the limitations of the words in the article force you to be creative in ways that a "blank page" does not?
    2. What limitations does this exercise suggest for ALL forms of art?  How is this related to Picasso's declaration that "art is theft?"
    3. Is originality and creativity by necessity really just a form of remixing and reconfiguring?  

    Friday, September 22, 2017

    TOK 1, Day 18 (9/22): 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.

    Homework reminder:
    • Complete "Practice with Knowledge Questions" (on Google Classroom) before class on Tuesday.
      • Locate/choose a Real Life Situation
      • Identify Knowledge Claims
      • Extract implied Knowledge Concepts
      • Compose Knowledge Question
    • Don't share your RLS or your KQ with your neighbors (yet!)

    Thursday, September 21, 2017

    TOK 2, Day 18 (9/21): Art as an AOK

    Warm Up:
    "The Art Critic" Activity


    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
    • examine how academic disciplines/areas of knowledge generate and shape knowledge
    Key Questions
    • What is the role of judgement in art?
    • How do we justify our opinions about art?
    • What makes art good?
    Start with these clips.  The first comes from Terry Zwigoff's Art School Confidential, based on the short comic by Daniel Clowes.



    The second is from Zwigoff's earlier film, Ghost World (2001), based on the Clowes' comic series turned graphic novel.




    Now return to your "Art Starter" activity and look at the list of works of art that you generated.  For each work (or for all of them together), list some qualities (of the work, its production, its history?) that make the art worthy of being called art.

    So the question is maybe not "Is it Art?" but "Is it Good?" and if so, "How can we claim to know such a thing?"

    A Sociological Theory of Art Perception

    I'm going to send you home today with a reading from French Sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. Bourdieu has some (research based) ideas about where we find meaning, worth, and merit in art works. First, though, it may be worthwhile to know:
    The reading is a bit heavy (Bourdieu is a Sociologist writing for Sociologists), but work to master the basic concepts in the piece.  He is writing about art, and where our ability to appreciate (and judge) art comes from.

    Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    TOK 1, Day 17 (9/20) Knowledge Claims, Concepts, and Questions

    Image Source
    Course Aims & Objectives
    • 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
    Essential Questions
    1. What role do knowledge claims play in our understanding of the world?
    2. How do I develop effective knowledge questions?
    Agenda

    First, we will Review and Discuss "Understanding Knowledge Claims, Concepts, and Questions." It is not an exaggeration to say that EVERYTHING in the TOK revolves around a working relationship with Knowledge Claims, Concepts, and Questions. Please find a safe place to store this packet, as it will prove invaluable to you as a reference and a resource. 

    After we do some practice with these concepts, we will watch this video in which Donald Hoffman talks about perception, the human brain, and REALITY.  As you watch, please try to record at least three KNOWLEDGE CLAIMS that the speaker makes.


    Homework:
    • By Tuesday, 9/26: Locate an interesting Real Life Situation (RLS) and use it to complete the Practice with Knowledge Questions activity on Google Classroom.  Do not share your RLS or your KQ with your classmates before class.




    Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    TOK 2, Day 17 (9/19): IRW


    Things that you might be working on:

    • College entrance essays/applications
    • Extended Essay (3000-word draft due Oct 13)
    • History IA
    • Maths HW
    • TOK Presentation????

    Monday, September 18, 2017

    TOK 1, Day 16 (9/18): Independent Reading, CAS, and The Question of Perception

    First, I need to (re)introduce the long-term independent reading assignment for this course.

    • Choose a book from this list, or find a book on your own that you think fits into one of these areas of knowledge.
    • You will be responsible for reading the book on your own.
    • To demonstrate your completion of the book, and your understanding of its possible importance to our continuing understandings in TOK, you will
      • Write a One-page paper addressing some important aspect(s), concept(s), or question(s) raised by book,
      • Distribute this one page paper to your classmates,
      • Read it aloud, and 
      • Facilitate a discussion (of ~10 minutes) based on the ideas presented in your paper.
    • Rolling due dates are based on the units of study within the the TOK Class.
    Mrs. Lawler will be here at 2:15 to talk about CAS.  Please be prepared to give her your attention.








    Friday, September 15, 2017

    TOK 2, Day 16 (9/15): 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

    Thursday, September 14, 2017

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    TOK 2, Day 15 (9/13): Independent Research and Writing


    Use your time to complete necessary work!
    • Extended Essay 3,000-word draft due 10/13
      • Should be a coherent piece of writing by now
      • Should be closing in on 15 sources
      • Should have clearly-established research question and focus
      • Should understand WHAT is still missing
    • TOK History Response due 9/13
      • 1,000 words
      • TOK Essay style writing
        • Unpack prompt
        • Identify knowledge concepts
        • Explore in terms of REAL LIFE EXAMPLES
    • CAS Reflections (2 or more due 9/30)
    Other things:
    • College applications and essays
    • Maths IA Data due 9/14
    • Anthro IA Observation due 9/8

    Thursday, September 7, 2017

    TOK 2, Day 13 (9/7): Independent Research and Writing



    Use your time to complete necessary work!
    • Extended Essay 3,000-word draft due 10/13
      • Should be a coherent piece of writing by now
      • Should be closing in on 15 sources
      • Should have clearly-established research question and focus
      • Should understand WHAT is still missing
    • TOK History Response due 9/13
      • 1,000 words
      • TOK Essay style writing
        • Unpack prompt
        • Identify knowledge concepts
        • Explore in terms of REAL LIFE EXAMPLES
    • CAS Reflections (2 more due 9/30)

    Other things:
    • College applications and essays
    • Maths IA Data due 9/14
    • Anthro IA Observation due 9/8

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017

    TOK 2, Day 12 (9/5): Independent Research and Writing


    Use your time to complete necessary work!
    • Extended Essay 3,000-word draft due 10/13
      • Should be a coherent piece of writing by now
      • Should be closing in on 15 sources
      • Should have clearly-established research question and focus
      • Should understand WHAT is still missing
    • TOK History Response due 9/13
      • 1,000 words
      • TOK Essay style writing
        • Unpack prompt
        • Identify knowledge concepts
        • Explore in terms of REAL LIFE EXAMPLES
    • CAS Reflections (2 or more due 9/30)
    Other things:
    • College applications and essays
    • Maths IA Data due 9/14
    • Anthro IA Observation due 9/8

    Thursday, August 31, 2017

    TOK 2, Day 11 (8/31): The End of History


    Aims and 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
    • examine how academic disciplines/areas of knowledge generate and shape knowledge

    Guiding Questions:

    1. How do we negotiation conflicting interpretations of history?
    2. What is the role of power, control, and law in the construction of history?
    Agenda:
    End of Unit Written Assessment: Choose one of the following Essay Titles and respond in a well-developed, carefully-constructed blog (1000 words).
    Title 1: “Some areas of knowledge seek to describe the world, whereas others seek to transform it.” Explore this claim with reference to history and one other area of knowledge.
    Title 2: “… our knowledge is only a collection of scraps and fragments that we put together into a pleasing design, and often the discovery of one new fragment would cause us to alter utterly the whole design” (Morris Bishop). To what extent is this true in history and one other area of knowledge?
    Model your response on the requirements of the TOK Essay. This means that you should:


    Due: 9/13


    Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    TOK 2, Day 10 (8/29): At the History Museum




    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):
    • "At The History Museum"
    • Making History: The Problem of Bias & Selection
    Homework:
    In a well-written blog post, respond to one of the following knowledge questions. (Due Sunday)
    • What role does interpretation play in our understanding of the past?
    • To what extent is objectivity attainable in history?
    • To what extent is History always viewed through the lens of the present?
    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. Consider using examples and discussions that we had in class.

    Monday, August 28, 2017

    TOK 1, Day 9 (8/28): "This I Believe"



    Welcome to class! 

    Please access your "This I Believe" response and prepare to share and listen!

    Friday, August 25, 2017

    TOK 2, Day 9 (8/25): Greenbelt and Butterfly Garden


    Discussion Question:

    • In what ways has the construction of the butterfly garden incorporated 
      • the different aspects of the Learner Profile?
      • the various Ways of Knowing?
      • the different Areas of Knowledge?