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November 24, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Over 2,000 Categorized Resources For IB Theory Of Knowledge Classes

As regular readers know, in addition to teaching various classes to English Language Learners and to mainstream ninth-graders, I teach the International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge course. I also regularly share TOK resources here on the blog, and I think it’s pretty popular among TOK teachers around the world.

This post is my regular “quarterly reminder” that, in addition, I accumulate links to articles and resources on the Delicious bookmarking site, and now have over 2,000 categorized into the all the TOK “Ways of Knowing” and “Areas of Knowledge.” I typically add about twenty or so new ones each month.

You can find most of them here.

However, for some weird reason, not quite all of the “tags” are visible at that link. Here are direct links to the WOK and AOK resources not listed in the above link:


Logic and Reason (They’re separate, but all related. I think I first started using the logic tag and later switched to reason)

Indigenous Knowledge Systems


Intuition (though most are still in the Emotion category)

Human Sciences


November 19, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Funny, Yet Sad: “The Onion” Publishes Excellent Commentary On Importance Of History

The Onion has just published a basic explanation of why we need to learn about history headlined Historians Politely Remind Nation To Check What’s Happened In Past Before Making Any Big Decisions.

It’s funny, yet also provides a very clear explanation for why we need to study history.

I’m thinking of having my International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge students read it and explain why they think it appeared in The Onion.

Here’s an excerpt:


I’m adding it to The Best Education Articles From “The Onion.”

November 19, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s New Piece On “What Science Is” Will Be Used In A Ton Of Classrooms

Neil deGrasse Tyson has just published a short piece in The Huffington Post titled What Science Is — and How and Why It Works.

It’s a very safe bet that it will be used as required reading in many IB Theory of Knowledge classes when the definition of “knowledge” is discussed.

And I’d bet dollars to donuts that many teachers will be using this accessible column in many other classes, too.

Here’s an excerpt:


November 15, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: It’s Okay To Change Our Minds

The Virtue of Contradicting Ourselves is the headline of a column by Adam Grant in today’s New York Times.

It’s a great piece to use when discussing “knowledge” in IB Theory of Knowledge classes, and I’m going to use in one of the upcoming lessons for English Language Learners that I write for The New York Times Learning Network.

Plus, it offers wisdom that’s good for all of us to keep in mind.

Here’s an excerpt:


November 14, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Two Useful Videos On Perception


I teach a lesson on perception each year in my IB Theory of Knowledge class that always goes very well (see Videos: Here’s The Simple Theory of Knowledge Lesson On Perception I Did Today). It’s a fast-paced showing of several videos demonstrating elements of perception, and how it can be tricked.

Yesterday I learned about two new videos that could be added to that list.

The first is the latest installment of one of the videos I already show in the lesson — basketball star Kyrie Irving pretending to be an elderly man playing a pick-up game. I’ve embedded the new video below.

The second is a Spanish television station having a woman basketball star impersonate a man in a men’s soccer game.

You’ll want to watch both:

You can watch the soccer video below, or this version might be better.

November 7, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Student Videos Illustrating Fallacies

One assignment I learned about at my original IB Theory of Knowledge training was having groups of students invent a classroom appropriate product and have them create a short commercial four of the fallacies that we have studied. I have each group show their video, and then they call on people to identify the fallacies used in it.

Here’s an example of one from this year:

Fallacy Video – Tape

I’m adding it to The Best Multimedia Resources For Learning About Fallacies — Help Me Find More.