Monday, August 21, 2017

TOK 2, Day 7 (8/21): 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):
  • History Knowledge Framework: Key Terms and Concepts in History
  • Prove That it Happened Game (Google Classroom) - is there time?
Homework:

  • Bring in an historical artifact

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