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The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2011 — So Far

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I usually just do a year-end list on this topic and on many others, but it gets a little crazy having to review all of my zillion posts at once. So, to make it easier for me — and perhaps, to make it a little more useful to readers — I’m going to start publishing mid-year lists, too. These won’t be ranked, unlike my year-end “The Best…” lists, and just because a site appears on a mid-year list doesn’t guarantee it will be included in an end-of-the-year one. But, at least, I won’t have to review all my year’s posts in December…

As regular readers know, I teach an International Baccalaureate “Theory of Knowledge” class. Our school structures our IB program a bit differently from many others by having a whole lot of students take individual IB classes and we have relatively few who are taking all IB classes in order to get the IB diploma. I really like this set-up, and it opens up my TOK class to a lot more students.

As I’ve said before, I can’t think of a high school class that would be more fun to teach or more fun to take…

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The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources — 2010

Here are my choices for The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2011 — So Far (this “The Best…” list, like yesterday’s, is fairly short):

How My Theory Of Knowledge Students Evaluated The Class & Me This Past Year

Over 400 Categorized “Theory Of Knowledge” Links

Good Comic Strips For IB “Theory Of Knowledge” Classes

You can find information about Oral Presentations at For Theory Of Knowledge Teachers.

I’m very impressed with the TOK class blog used by Greg MacCollum last year, Mr. MacCollum’s Theory Of Knowledge Blog. In addition to the excellent assignments he posted, I really liked how he described his course outline. I found these two “definitions” particularly helpful:

Linking Questions: Questions are used to make connections between the elements of the ToK Diagram. They are not limited to and should not be equated interdisciplinary connections. These questions focus on ten areas: belief, certainty, culture, evidence, explanation, interpretation, intuition, technology, truth and values.

Problems of Knowledge: Possible uncertainties, biases in approach to knowledge, limitations of knowledge, methods of verification, justification appropriate to different areas of knowledge.

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I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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