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.

Monday, August 7, 2017

TOK 2, Day 2 (8/7): Senior Meeting, IB Reminders

Seniors!!
Agenda:
Senior Meeting

IB Reminders:
  • Extended Essay
  • CAS Reflections, CAS Projects, & Service Learning
    • Continue ongoing reflections
    • Long Term Project
      • Must be at least 1 month in length
      • Requires you to take a leadership role
      • Should be "your thing"
      • Should be FINALIZED by Dec. 19
    • Mrs. Lawler will be here on 8/15 to check in
  • TOK Presentation - August/September
  • TOK Essay - January
  • IB Calendar
  • College Applications, Essays, etc.
  • TOK Grading

Friday, August 4, 2017

TOK 1, Day 1 (8/4): Intro to TOK & Global Consciousness

Welcome to TOK! Welcome to the IB Diploma Program!

Today's Agenda:
  • Introductions
  • Questions, Concerns, Expectations
  • TOK Course Overview
  • The IB Learner Profile...and YOU!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

TOK 2, Day 1 (8/3): Let's DO this!!!!


Welcome back!  Let's start by just settling in and discussing the summer.  Then, we should go ahead and talk about these important deadlines and responsibilities:
  • Extended Essay
  • CAS Reflections, CAS Projects, & Service Learning
    • Continue ongoing reflections
    • Long Term Project
      • Must be at least 1 month in length
      • Requires you to take a leadership role
      • Should be "your thing"
      • Should be FINALIZED by Dec. 19
    • Mrs. Lawler will be here on 8/10 to check in
  • TOK Presentation - August/September
  • TOK Essay - January
  • IB Calendar
  • College Applications, Essays, etc.
Homework:
  • EE 2000-word draft with works cited due on Google Classroom by 8/4 at midnight
  • Send this draft in an email to your mentor and arrange some time to "touch base" before 8/12