It’s chock full of links to research about the importance of developing critical thinking skills, and highlights the concepts that we happen to teach in TOK.
I’m going to have my students read it and respond to this prompt:
What does the author say about the importance of critical thinking? Do you agree with her? To support your opinion you may use examples from your own experiences, your observations of others, and anything you have read. Please try especially to include anything you have learned in our Theory of Knowledge class so far this year.
In TOK, we talk about how winners end up writing histories.
The New York Times has just published an interesting “take” on the issue that has this headline: When History’s Losers Write the Story. I hadn’t thought about the issue in the way as the author has framed it:
I’ll write about what I end up doing in class and how it goes. Let me know if you have any suggestions!
Unfortunately, IB has just told me I can’t post their prompts on our TOK class blog. It seems a little strange, but I guess we TOK teachers have to navigate the Byzantinian website and its log-in procedure. However, you can still access all the support materials my students use at our blog.
Thanks to IB TOK Essay Tutor, I learned that the Theory of Knowledge Essay prompts for next May were released earlier today.
Let’s just say that I’m less-than-impressed, and believe that at least half of them are not very accessible to our students.
If a second Voyager mission were launching next week, what mementos of Earth would it contain? How would we represent our past, our present, and our hopes for the future? In short, what would a Golden Record look like in 2017?
They want readers to share specific recommendations about “sights, sounds and everything else.”
I think this has the potential of being an excellent lesson for IB Theory of Knowledge classes when we study language.
Here are a few other resources shared by The New Yorker this week:
In it, he compares how Dorothea Lange depicted migrant workers with the mass media’s photographs of the undocumented.
Here’s an excerpt:
It’s a column worth reading in full. It would definitely be useful for a discussion on close reading images, and I’m considering using it in my IB Theory of Knowledge classes when we discuss perception.