Friday, January 27, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

TOK 1, Day 51 (1/23): The Human Sciences

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
  • understand the roles played by ways of knowing in the construction of shared and personal knowledge

Essential Question
  1. How is knowledge constructed and organized in the Human Sciences?

Human Sciences Mini-Prez's:
  • Sociology
  • Economics
  • Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Finish reading/annotating "Soft Sciences" article.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

TOK 1, Day 50 (1/19): Core Thursday


  • Get out your Topic Development so that I can see it and we can talk about it.
  • Supervisor
    • Make a list
      • Dream Supervisor (anyone in the school)
      • Top Three (from my list of available)
    • Once you have a supervisor:
      • Email them to formally request their assistance
        • Include: request, subject area/topic plans, preliminary ideas, request for meeting, 3 possible dates.
        • CC to me as well!
      • Meet to talk: Reflect in RRS
  • Formal Research Proposal
  • Plan
  • Do
  • Reflect

TOK 2, Day 49 (1/18): Free Will vs. Determinism

As we watch Minority Report, consider the following questions that the film seems to raise:

  1. What is the relationship between free will and determinism? How is this relationship explored through the areas of knowledge? Consider:
    1. Maths: What does it mean that the Precogs are "pattern recognition filters?" Relate this to your understanding of algorithms and machine learning.
    2. Human Sciences: How are the predictions of the Precogs linked to an idea of human behavior as "socially constructed?
    3. Natural Sciences: What does the ability or inability to "change the future" suggest about the nature of the physical universe? Compare this to your understanding of a deterministic "billiard ball" universe as described by Newtonian physics.
    4. Ethics: What are the ethical implications of the assumption that the future is knowable?  What does it mean for a discovery of meaning in life?
  2. What are the implications of the films treatment of the connections between Capitalist materialism and a surveillance society?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

TOK 1, Day 49 (1/17): Human Sciences

  • Intro to Google Calendar
  • Human Sciences Mini-Prez & Discussion
  • Read, Annotate and raise questions Re: "Soft Sciences" article.  
  • Bring your connections for the discussion.

Friday, January 13, 2017

TOK 2, Day 48 (1/13): Final Extended Essay Workday

Finalize Extended Essay

  • Final Edits
  • Double Check References
  • Formatting!!
  • Cover Page Information
    • Title
    • Name
    • Student Code
    • Word Studies Area
    • Disciplines
    • RQ?
    • Supervisor name
Submit Final EE to TurnItIn no later than Monday at 11:59 pm

Thursday, January 12, 2017

TOK 1, Day 48 (1/12): Core Thursday


  • Meet with Mrs. Lawler for CAS Update.
  • Check on Progress with CAS Activities, Project Ideas, etc.
  • CAS Opportunities within the IB
    • IB Scrapbook
    • IB ambassador
    • Help each other with projects
Extended Essay - Next Steps
  • Complete Topic Development & Rationale (Due next Thursday)
    • Explore more than one subject area and topic EVEN IF you think you already know what you want to write about.
    • Feel free to do this activity "in your own way" in your RRS, but be sure you address all aspects of rationale.
  • Read your Subject Area section of the Extended Essay Guide.  Come to next Core Thursday with questions/curiosities/ideas.
Tim Brinkhof, 2016 IB Graduate and NYU Student

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

TOK 1, Day 47 (1/10): Human Sciences

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  • Freshman Presentations: Reflection
  • Human Sciences Miniprez
    • Choose a Human Science
    • Explore the Human Science through each section of the Knowledge Framework
    • Create an Infographic, Prezi, Slides, Emaze, etc., that effectively treats the subject matter.
  • Thursday: CAS, EE
  • Monday: Present Mini-Prez, Explore language/concepts Intro to the TOK Pres.
  • Diamond, "Soft Sciences"
  • Wolfpack Activity
  • Guest Speaker: 
  • Inside Out

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

TOK 2, Day 44 (1/3): PSA - College after IB

Please welcome our guests & former IB Diploma Program students as they talk to you about their college experiences after completing the IB Diploma Program!