Intentional Manipulation of Thought Through Language – 2 TOK Activities

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 in TOK

Influential Language on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me One of the most basic functions of Language is to influence. What are the ways language is used in┬áthis episode of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, a news quiz show? What problems of language are apparent here? Apples to Apples Terms and tenor are intentionally selected in […]

Words, Not Words – Language Lesson

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 in TOK

Are vagueness and ambiguity shortcomings of language that must be eliminated in the interest of knowledge, or can they be also viewed as positive aspects of language? Overview This very hands on TOK class gives students a chance to experiment with the challenges of verbal and non-verbal communication as initial intentions are clear yet become […]

Sense Perception and Other WOK/AOK

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 in TOK

Opening Video on Attraction Follow up Questions Which claims suggested by the film seemed accurate to you? Which claims suggested by the film are counter-intuitive or a bit of a surprise? What questions would you want to explore further before forming a final opinion on attraction theory? What do you think this film suggests regarding […]

Introduction to TOK

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 in TOK

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is an interdisciplinary requirement intended to stimulate critical reflection on the knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom. The course challenges students to question the bases of knowledge, to be aware of subjective and ideological biases, and to develop the ability to analyse evidence expressed in rational argument. TOK […]

Introduction to Natural Sciences Presentation

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 in TOK

It is always a pleasure to have mathematician and physicist Sergio Mejia visit TOK and share perspectives on the Natural Sciences. He invariably follows a discussion and presentation with the “Black Box” experiment in hypotheses that the students completely engage with and enjoy. Mr. Mejia is ever provocative and shared these two humorous quotes by […]

Pick Pockets and Sense Perception

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 in TOK

Twice a month we have a short 8:30am Grade 11 TOK class. It can be frustrating due to the early morning low energy levels of the students (and occasionally their teacher) and the 35 minute period. It is certainly better than not seeing my students so I’ll take what I can get. Having completed a […]

Case Study on Emotions

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 in TOK

Developed by my fabulous colleague Rebekah Madrid. Please find her website or follow her on twitter. You won’t be disappointed. Introductory Resources TED 2011: David Brooks Explains Why There Is No Reason Without Emotion Iain McGilchrist: The divided brain Emotion Case Study-Pick an emotion to study. Big Questions: Why do we have this emotion and […]

Tying Together the Ways of Knowing with Reason

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 in TOK

1 – What role does reason play in both starting this discussion and as panelists consider the topic “How did the teacup change the course of Chinese History”? What issues confound a focused (reason based) discussion during this show? What other ways of knowing are involved in this video segment? 2 – Small Group Activity […]

Moving into the practice essay

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 in TOK

Here is the schedule leading up to fall break also now on Veracross. Sept 13 – Finish Ethics & Introduce Practice Essay Sept 18 Period 0 – Work time on essay / conference with students Sept 21 – Introduction to Natural Sciences as a WOK most likely with Mr. Mejia presenting. Sept 26 – Essay […]

Special Effects and Practice Presentations

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 in TOK

I hope you enjoyed the short session this morning on how our emotions and sense perception can be influenced in the Arts to create understanding. As entertaining as films can be, this manipulation of our understanding and therefore knowledge is also disconcerting. Based on the presentation above, we are pretty easily fooled by such rudimentary […]