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May 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Here’s What My Theory Of Knowledge Students Will Be Doing For Their “Finals” – What Are You Doing?


Like most IB Theory of Knowledge classes, the primary factors leading to my students’ grades are their Oral Presentations and their TOK Essay.

However, I also require students to a series of activities during the final week of school (I’ll give them a head start on it next week, but no class time to work on them until the final week – they’ll present during “Finals Week”).

You can read all the instructions at our class blog, along with examples. Students can work in pairs.

Here’s a summary of the assignments:

* Everybody creates three Instagram videos on TOK concepts

They can choose two out of these next three projects:

* Prepare and give a presentation on TOK Concepts “explaining them to a five year old”

* A Robert Krulwich-inspired “TOK As A List” poster or slideshow.

* A “What If” presentation talking about one piece of scientific knowledge they would take with them into the past.

How are you ending the year in your TOK classes?

May 10, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

My Next Project Is Revising & Making Public My IB Theory of Knowledge Curriculum – Feel Free To Contribute


After writing eight books over the past eight years, I’m giving my self two years to complete my next one (the manuscript deadline is September 2017).

However, that doesn’t mean I’ll be lounging around :)

This summer, I plan on completely revising my International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge curriculum. And, once it’s done, I plan on making it available freely here on this blog.

In fact, I’d love to create an even bigger free resource of TOK materials than I already have (see All Of My Theory Of Knowledge “Best” Lists In One Place!).

So, if you’ve got some great stuff you’ve created that you’d like to share with TOK teachers, let me know and I’d be happy to add it to the list – giving you full credit, of course!

May 6, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Connect The Dots: The Dalai Lama, TOK Classes & The “Inside Out” Movie

The New York Times just published a fascinating story about how The Dalai Lama hired the psychologist who advised the creators of the “Inside Out” movie to develop a non-religious website designed to help people explore their emotions. Apparently, the research the psychologist did for the site led to the five emotions featured in the film.

And now the website, called Atlas Of Emotions, is available for anyone to use.

As I’ve mentioned before, Inside Out is indeed a great film for International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge classes. In fact, I’ve been out sick most of this week (I’m recovered now) and have had my TOK classes watch it in my absence and write about connections they can make to what we’ve learned about Emotion.

The Atlas of Emotions looks like intriguing, and well-designed, site. At this point, though, other than having student spend a few minutes exploring it after watching the movie, I can’t think of any specific ways it would be useful in TOK. I’d love to hear other suggestions, though….

April 1, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Wonderful Series Of Illusions


I’ve described in one of my New York Times posts how I use illusions with English Language Learners, and I obviously use them in IB Theory of Knowledge classes when studying Perception.

I just learned from Michelle Henry about a series of illusions created by Mexican painter Octavio Ocampo who, I’m embarrassed to say, was not familiar with prior to seeing this work.

Go take a visit — they’re amazing!

April 1, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Very Impressive NY Times Interactive: “Police Body Cameras: What Do You See?”


Police Body Cameras: What Do You See? is a new very impressive interactive at The New York Times.

After first soliciting the reader’s general feelings about the police, the interactive shows several staged police encounters from different cameras and angles – asking you to judge what you think you saw. Then, those judgments are compared to other what others said and their feelings about the police.

It’s extraordinarily useful to just about any class, and will be a superior addition to my Theory of Knowledge lesson on perception, Videos: Here’s The Simple Theory of Knowledge Lesson On Perception I Did Today. That post shares several other videos showing the same event from different angles.

March 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: “Richard Feynman on What It Means”

I’ve written and shared a lot about the late Nobel Prize winning physicist, Richard Feynman (you can see all my previous posts about him here).

I’ve also shared many videos from PBS in the “Blank on Blank” series, where they take excerpts of older interviews with key players in history and turn them into animated shorts.

Well, today, Blank on Blank unveiled one they did with Feynman, and it’s definitely worth watching:

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