Thursday, October 19, 2017

TOK 1, Day 26 (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

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    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?

    Thursday, August 24, 2017

    TOK 1, Day 8 (8/24): WOK Project Final Workday (Exit the Matrix)



    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
    • critically reflect on their own beliefs and assumptions, leading to more thoughtful, responsible and purposeful lives
    • understand the roles played by ways of knowing in the construction of shared and personal knowledge
    Essential Questions:
    1. How do we gain and organize knowledge about the world?
    2. What are the strengths and weaknesses of these ways of knowing?
    Agenda:
    Homework:
    • Continue work on "This I Believe" response (Due Sunday Night)
    • Finalize details of WOK Lesson Plan (We'll begin these on Wednesday)
    Coming up:
    • Monday (8/28): This I Believe Share-time - final WOK Workday (If time allows [it won't]).
    • Wednesday (8/30): WOK Lessons - Sense Perception and Imagination
    • Friday (9/1): WOK Lessons - Reason and Intuition
    • Wednesay (9/6): WOK Lessons - Emotion and Memory
    • Friday (9/8): WOK Lessons - Language and Faith

    Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    TOK 2, Day 8 (8/23): History and Evidence



    Aims & Objectives

    1. develop an awareness of how individuals and communities construct knowledge and how this is critically examined
    2. develop an interest in the diversity and richness of cultural perspectives and an awareness of personal and ideological assumptions
    3. 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):
    • Senior Picture
    • History Knowledge Framework: Key Terms and Concepts in History
    • Prove That it Happened Game (Google Classroom) - is there time?
    Homework:

    • Friday (8/25): Greenbelt
    • Tuesday (8/28): Bring in 3 historical artifacts of a particular event or era in your life (please don't discuss them with each other beforehand)

    Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    TOK 1, Day 7 (8/22): Ways of Knowing & The Matrix (Cont'd)



    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
    • critically reflect on their own beliefs and assumptions, leading to more thoughtful, responsible and purposeful lives
    • understand the roles played by ways of knowing in the construction of shared and personal knowledge
    Essential Questions:
    1. How do we gain and organize knowledge about the world?
    2. What are the strengths and weaknesses of these ways of knowing?
    Agenda:
    Homework:

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    TOK 1, Day 7 (8/21): Eclipse as RLS


    Discussion Question:

    • If we consider the eclipse as a TOK Real Life Situation, what Knowledge concepts, claims, and questions are at play?

    Friday, August 18, 2017

    TOK 1, Day 6 (8/18): Ways of Knowing & The Matrix



    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
    • critically reflect on their own beliefs and assumptions, leading to more thoughtful, responsible and purposeful lives
    • understand the roles played by ways of knowing in the construction of shared and personal knowledge
    Essential Questions:
    1. How do we gain and organize knowledge about the world?
    2. What are the strengths and weaknesses of these ways of knowing?
    Agenda:
    Homework:
    • Continue work on "This I Believe" response
    • Read, listen, watch possible texts on WOK (make notes?) Consider implied questions.

    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    TOK 2, Day 6 (8/17) Anthro TAKEOVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Please welcome Mr. Hitzeman, who will be introducing you to the Anthropology course for next semester!

    If you are NOT taking Anthropology next semester, you can listen anyways, because it's super interesting.

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    TOK 1, Day 5 (8/16): Do You Live in a Computer Simulation?


    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
    • critically reflect on their own beliefs and assumptions, leading to more thoughtful, responsible and purposeful lives
    • understand the roles played by ways of knowing in the construction of shared and personal knowledge


    Essential Questions:

    1. How do we gain and organize knowledge about the world?
    2. What are the strengths and weaknesses of these ways of knowing?
    Agenda:
    Homework:
    • Continue work on "This I Believe" response
    • Seek out interesting texts (videos, articles, podcasts, etc.) regarding your assigned WOK.

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    TOK 2, Day 5 (8/15): CAS Update & Butterfly Garden


    Aims and 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
    • understand that knowledge brings responsibility which leads to commitment and action.

    Essential Questions:

    1. What are the IB expectations surrounding CAS?
    2. How can engagement in service help me grow as a learner and a person?

    Agenda:
    • CAS Update with Mrs. Lawler
    • Walk to the Butterfly Garden
    Homework:

    Monday, August 14, 2017

    TOK 1, Day 4 (8/14): The Cogito

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    NOTICE: All those who took Econ over the summer should finalize their E2020 grade by the Monday, August 21.

    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
    Essential Questions:
    1. How weird is it that we can actually, really, know anything at all?
    Agenda:
    Homework:
    • Send me your Blog URL (if you haven't already)
    • Begin "This I Believe" - Due Sunday, August 27

    Thursday, August 10, 2017

    TOK 1, Day 3 (8/10): Intro to CAS



    Aims and 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
    • understand that knowledge brings responsibility which leads to commitment and action.

    Essential Questions:

    1. What are the IB expectations surrounding CAS?
    2. How can engagement in service help me grow as a learner and a person?
    Agenda:

    In a few minutes we will welcome Mrs. Lawler, IB CAS Coordinator.  Until then, let's engage in a brief discussion of your written reflections from the first few days of TOK.
    • CAS Intro from Mrs. Lawler
    • Digital Tools: Blogs, Calendars, Managebac, Groupme vs. Slack
    • "This I Believe"
    Homework: 
    • Work on "This I Believe" - Due 8/20

    Wednesday, August 9, 2017

    TOK 2, Day 3 (8/9) - Intro to History as an AOK



    Standards:
    A2: develop an awareness of how individuals and communities construct knowledge and how this is critically examined
    A3: develop an interest in the diversity and richness of cultural perspectives and an awareness of personal and ideological assumptions
    O3: 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):

    First, we should go ahead and talk about these important deadlines and responsibilities:
    Then, we can shift gears to begin our discussion of History as a Way of Knowing:
    • History Starter
    • History in Quotations Discussion
    Homework:



    Tuesday, August 8, 2017

    TOK 1, Day 2 (8/8): The IB Learner Profile, The Nature of Knowledge



    Standards:
    A2: develop an awareness of how individuals and communities construct knowledge and how this is critically examined
    O4: understand the roles played by ways of knowing in the construction of shared and personal knowledge

    Essential Questions:
    1. What is Knowledge? What does it mean to know something?
    2. Who is the knower, and what does (s)he know?
    Agenda:
    • Housekeeping: TOK Resources & Communication, Calendar
    • Do you Know, or do you Believe? An Introduction to the Ways of Knowing.
    • Discussion: What is Knowledge?
    • Blogs

    Homework:

    Please write a brief (400-600 word) reflection on one of the following prompts:
    1. How is the Learner Profile reflected in the way I live my life?
    2. What does it mean to say that we know something?
    Whichever prompt you choose, please develop your reflection with specifics, including at least one specific reference to the content and discussions we have explored in class.