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