Theory of Knowledge Jack KerouacThe only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!” – Jack Kerouac

WeYOL_Logo_Rectanglelcome to the Theory of Knowledge section of my website. I have been teaching Theory of Knowledge since 2008 and was asked to take on the TOK coordinator role at YIS early in 2014. Within this section you will find some information related to TOK that will hopefully help you learn more about this amazing course. While I do try and post useful resources here, most of my effort is currenty focused on the free online course supplement I wrote and host at Yokohama Open Learning. There you will find 19 lesson topics with quizzes and video along with many useful resources you can use to develop you or your student’s understanding.  Theory of Knowledge is also something I am regularly inspired about so I also share current articles on Twitter using the hastag #IBTOK. There is quite a lot of activity with that hashtag now so it is worth a visit.

  • Disclaimer – You may find some archived posts here from previous uses of this blog. If these are useful to you please use of them but be aware that the Theory of Knowledge course syllabus has changed so posts from before June 2014 could be obsolete.
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Linking IBDP Subjects with TOK

No matter how good your academic program is the interdisciplinary links drawn between subjects can always be improved upon. Within the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, there are many natural connections at conceptual and approach levels with Theory of Knowledge positioned well to pull the entire program together. To that end, this week at the Grade 11 year […]

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Practice TOK Presentation Checklist

Stay Calm the Practice TOK Presentation is Just One Among Many Assessments We have a practice TOK presentation coming up for grade 11. The students have had a number of examples to consider in class including one of the IBOs sample presentations along with examiner feedback and a sample presentation from the Grade 12 class […]

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Natural and Human Sciences in TOK

Part 1 – Individually review the knowledge frameworks for Natural and Human Sciences as they are considered within theory of knowledge. In groups of 2 you will be gathering evidence to determine the extent to which you think the following national geographic video (55 min) on stress is more oriented toward the natural sciences or […]

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Harmony, Conspiracy, Serendipity – a tale of three great things in TOK

Three great things have happened over the past 24 hours. 1) Yesterday Emi Tamaru (YIS class of 2008) came in and spoke to my TOK class about her work as an artist in LA. This was completely unplanned but turned out to be an opportunity not to be missed. She has been involved in some amazing projects […]

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Open Topic Presentation Blog Post

For your open topic presentation (#2 following your Attraction Presentation) you will: Find and describe a real-life situation (this choice is wide open to you).  Don’t spend all of your preparation time picking a real life situation. State your central knowledge question. Explain the connection between your real-life situation and your central knowledge question. Identify […]

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Moving Forward on your Title

At this stage you are probably pretty anxious to get going on outlining your final essay and moving forward on your title. Like many things, success in this task is in the preparation. To that end there is still ample time for you to be able to flesh out the concepts and examples that will […]

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Practice Presentation on Attraction

Option 1 – Science of Attraction Presentations – Due November 19th (sign-up to occur) First recap of sense perception main points: Our senses are useful in that we have little choice but to accept much of sense data as accurate and helpful. This is called “Common-sense Realism” At the same time, perception is made up […]

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Knowledge, Language, and Sense Perception in the News

Find a news article with at least 500 words of written text and an accompanying embedded video (ie merely video news or written news will be insufficient for this assignment). As you read the article identify the knowledge claims made, the use of language, and the elements of the piece that utilize perception as a […]

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TOK Typhoon Day October 16th 2013

  Happy Typhoon day. I hope everyone is safe where you are. According to the assignment, here are the details: Outline due (in class) Wednesday October 16th This means you have a complete introduction, topic sentences for each point and supporting details (including evidence and examples) in bullet point form, at least, for each paragraph. […]

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Evaluating Knowledge Claims

As my year 1 Theory of Knowledge Class builds momentum I work with my students to identify Knowledge Claims within real life situations and begin to develop solid Knowledge Questions to challenge and examine those claims. For the uninitiated, knowledge claims are statements of apparent truth or fact related to a particular area of knowledge that […]

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Practice TOK Presentation Checklist

Stay Calm the Practice TOK Presentation is Just One Among Many Assessments We have a practice TOK presentation coming up for grade 11. The students have had a number of examples to consider in class including one of the IBOs sample presentations along with examiner feedback and a sample presentation from the Grade 12 class […]

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Tying Together the Ways of Knowing with Reason

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 […]

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Special Effects and Practice Presentations

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 […]

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Last Day of Practice Presentations

Today we will finish up our first round of practice presentations. We have seen an enormous range of topics and effectiveness during the last several classes. Hopefully everyone has taken away something from each presentation both about the topic under consideration and what makes a solid TOK presentation. At this point, you should be thinking […]

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Practice Presentation Prep

Today in class we watched two examples of actual TOK presentations. The first one on honor killing erred on the side of too much description and didn’t clearly identify a knowledge issue. The second was much stronger with a clearly defined knowledge issue, a creative and effective approach to defining the context, and thorough analysis […]

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Moving Forward on your Title

At this stage you are probably pretty anxious to get going on outlining your final essay and moving forward on your title. Like many things, success in this task is in the preparation. To that end there is still ample time for you to be able to flesh out the concepts and examples that will […]

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TOK Typhoon Day October 16th 2013

  Happy Typhoon day. I hope everyone is safe where you are. According to the assignment, here are the details: Outline due (in class) Wednesday October 16th This means you have a complete introduction, topic sentences for each point and supporting details (including evidence and examples) in bullet point form, at least, for each paragraph. […]

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Moving into the practice essay

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 […]

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Practice Essay Proof Reading Checklist

I hope you are feeling confident that your essay is coming together well. For those of you who have stopped in to see me some of this will be review but it is worth going through it to make sure you haven’t missed anything. You will have until the end of the 90 min class […]

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Polishing up your essays

Today in class we actually have a fair amount to do. Presentation – The first order of business is for Shohei and Hifumi to present a retake oral presentation. We will be peer scoring these as well so you may want to take a look at the criteria again (click). Remember you can ask them […]

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Self Guided Writing Workshop

By the end of class today you should have your outline complete and a rough draft of your introductory paragraph. The essay planning document on the class site is extremely useful in this process (click here to view it) I gave many of you feedback around paragraph organization with your practice essays and we’ve paid […]

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Writing Process Interviews

You may not realize it now but you are in the homestretch of the course with just a few short weeks to go to finish your essay. By now you should have your outline fairly far along and be ready to discuss your overall approach, your examples, and your argument. In this class you will […]

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Practice Essay Reflection – Blog Post

Essay and Blog Post – The light at the end of the TOK tunnel is definitely visible at this point in the course. There are three assignments to think about at this point in the course. The most important task for you to concentrate on is your final essay (click). To help with this look […]

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