Class of 2014 Blogging Requirements

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 in TOK

This is a class that you should be learning from everyday…at home, in all your classes, when watching TV, or when your mind wanders. To help you bring what happens outside the classroom to TOK, you will be asked to do create a TOK journal/blog for TOK.  The TOK blog can be the most important […]

Stages of Thinking Related to TOK

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 in TOK, Uncategorized

  Stage 1 You hold mostly unexamined and/or unconsciously-held opinions. Stage 2 You begin to doubt, as your opinions are questioned and you have trouble defending them. Stage 3 You take shelter in relativism: all opinions, you say, are equally valid. Everyone is right. Stage 4 You have opinions again, but this time they are […]

Do We Care Whether Our Beliefs are True?

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 in Featured Content, TOK

You’ve already written a response regarding the degree to which you can agree and disagree with the quote, “We see the world not as it is, but as we are” from the Talmud.  In this next section we are going to continue to examine how our biases influence the formation of knowledge and what we […]

TOK Blog Overview and Criteria

Posted on Aug 28, 2013 in TOK

This is a class that you should be learning from everyday…at home, in all your classes, when watching TV, or when your mind wanders. To help you bring what happens outside the classroom to TOK, you will be asked to do create a TOK journal/blog for TOK.  The TOK blog can be the most important […]

You Among the Flowers: Perspective and Knowledge

Posted on Aug 28, 2013 in Featured Content, TOK

“We see the world not as it is, but as we are.” – Talmud In what ways would you agree with the above quotation? In what ways would you disagree with the above quotation?   Blog Reflection – Write a 250-500 word blog post that explains in what ways you would agree and disagree with […]

Same Sex Marriage and the Incest Argument for TOK

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in TOK

Through my soon to be extinct Google Reader I came across a Philosophy article entitled, “The Incest Argument & Same-Sex Marriage” by Mike LaBossiere. I thought the author did an excellent job of taking multiple perspectives on this interesting topic and wanted to share the ideas with my grade 11 Theory of Knowledge (TOK) class before […]

Two Good Discussion Activities for Reason in TOK

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 in Featured Content, TOK

Questions to Consider Create a three column table. Label the first column Scene, the second column Logic, and the third column possible fallacy. Students work their way through the video pausing after each scene to evaluate the arguments and fallacies in use. Interaction Description – In the Scene column describe the interaction so we know […]

Everyone Heard the Scream – Reason Meets Murder Mystery

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 in Featured Content, TOK

This murder mystery is one of the most engaging ways I have found to introduce and work with deductive and inductive reasoning. Special thanks to my fantastic colleague Rebekah Madrid for pointing this activity out to me and much appreciation to the person who developed it initially. As with many things that get passed along […]

Logical Fallacies are Everywhere

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 in TOK

Formative Discussion Questions: 1.   Does knowledge always require some kind of rational basis? 2.   If knowledge claims cannot be rationally defended, or can be shown to be irrational, should  they be renounced? 3.   Why are informal fallacies often plausible and convincing? 4.   How do beliefs affect the capacity to reason logically and the capacity to […]

Clarity in Language

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 in TOK

Some Rules That Define Language Language is rule-governed – Grammar, Vocabulary. Language is Intended – Catching a Yawn vs. Intentional Gesturing Language is Creative and Open-Ended. – Allows us to make almost an infinite number of grammatically correct sentences. Psychologist Stephen Pinker (1954-) calculated that there are at least 10 to the 20th power grammatically […]