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December 7, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Instructions & Feedback Form For My TOK Class “Ways Of Knowing” Project


In IB Theory of Knowledge classes, we teach how different “Ways of Knowing” are used to gain knowledge and that what we learn is then categorized into “Areas of Knowledge.”

I’ve probably uploaded about forty percent of my TOK curriculum to this blog so far, and thought I’d add a new version of the regular Ways Of Knowing project I have students do after we finish studying them all.

Here are the downloadable student instructions for the project and here is the feedback form their classmate audience completes for each one.

I view this as a dry-run for the Spring Oral Presentation the students have to complete, and it generally works out pretty well.

I’m also always interested in suggestions for how I can make it better!

December 3, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

This New Video From “Sandy Hook Promise” Is Useful On Many Levels

This article – Can You Figure Out the Mystery Inside This Remarkable Ad About High School Love? – and video on Ad Week has been all over social media today.

It sends an amazingly effective in sending a message on gun violence and schools.

I’ll be showing it Monday to my IB Theory of Knowledge class to initiate a discussion on that topic and on what we can learn from the video about Perception as a Way Of Knowing:

November 19, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Mercedes Programs Its Self-Driving Cars To Not Worry About Ethics: “Be Careful If You See One Coming”

Mercedes designers aren’t losing any sleep about the famous Trolley Problem (see The Best Videos About The Famous “Trolley Problem”).

Here’s an excerpt from Fast Company’s article, Mercedes says its self-driving cars will kill pedestrians instead of drivers:


November 18, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video Useful For Theory Of Knowledge Classes: “Should You Trust Your Intuition?”

Intuition is one of the “Ways of Knowing” we teach in IB Theory of Knowledge classes, and a new video on it was released today.

It’s okay, though I don’t think it’s great. However, since we coincidentally began studying intuition yesterday and will be continuing tomorrow, I’ll probably start off the class by showing it and seeing how it goes:

November 12, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Student-Created Fallacy Videos


As part of our unit on Reason and Logic in my Theory of Knowledge classes, I, like every TOK teacher, take a look at fallacies.

As part of that lesson, students pick or design a product and have to create a thirty-to-sixty second video commercial for it that uses at least four of the many fallacies we studied (I picked up this idea at an IB training long ago). They write a short script identify the four fallacies, as well. When the show the video to the entire class, viewers also have to identify the ones used in the commercial.

You can see many student-created videos on our class blog here (I messed-up while uploading some, you have to click on links to view a few instead of having them embedded in the post.

I’ve embedded one example below.

You might also be interested in The Best Multimedia Resources For Learning About Fallacies — Help Me Find More.

November 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Two Videos I Use When Teaching About Emotion In TOK

I’ve previously shared a great video I use when teaching about emotion in IB Theory of Knowledge class – see Video Illustrating The Roles Of Emotion & Reason: “President Obama’s Anger Translator.”

I also share this clip from “Broadcast News” when we discuss the James-Lange Theory that suggests emotions are physical in nature. In other words, changes in one’s body come before any emotional ones:

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