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August 30, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“I Could Do That” Is A Great Video For Anyone Interested In Close Reading (& For TOK Teachers)

John Spencer just shared this great video on Twitter.

It’s from PBS, and is a great one for IB Theory of Knowledge teachers when exploring the arts.

Even more interesting – to me, at least – is how it can applied to an understanding of “close reading.” I suspect David Coleman, the primary author of the Common Core Standards, would not necessarily agree with what the video says about the critical importance of context…

I’m adding this to The Best Resources On Close Reading Paintings, Photos & Videos.

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August 30, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Here’s A Writing Prompt I’m Using With My TOK Students On The First Day Of Class

As I prepare for the first day of class on Thursday, I’m considering some new activities.

One new task I’m going to try with my IB Theory of Knowledge classes is to give them this famous story, The Best Teacher I Ever Had (about the “cattywampus”), along with this writing prompt:

What does David Owen think of Mr. Whitson and why? Do you agree with him? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.

I ask them to write write a very short essay — three or four paragraphs — and give them fifteen minutes at the end of the first day to work on it and make it due the following day. I think it should provoke an interesting discussion on Friday….

I’m adding this post to The Best Posts On Writing Instruction, where you’ll find a collecting of writing prompts.

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August 22, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Research Study On Humility Perfect For Students (& Useful For All Of Us)

Humility Boosts Learning is a short report from The John Templeton Foundation. It describes a study that showed learning about a growth mindset encourages “intellectual humility,” and that increases student intrinsic motivation.

I was particularly struck by how they defined the term “intellectual humility” – basically as recognizing that you probably don’t know everything. It seems to me that this piece might be particularly useful in an IB Theory of Knowledge class when we discuss “knowledge.”

I also thought all of us could benefit from reviewing its short report and findings to reflect on our own attitudes.

Here’s an excerpt:

We-defined-intellectual

Thanks to Brainlogy for the tip.

I’m adding this post to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset.”

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August 12, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: “Mona Lisa Smile” Clip Is Great For “Thinking Outside Of Box”

This scene from the movie Mona Lisa Smile, suggested by reader Alexandra Duarte, is a new addition to The Best Videos Showing “Thinking Outside The Box.”

It would also be a great video to show to IB Theory of Knowledge classes when learning about the arts…

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August 10, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Back-To-School Reminder: 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.

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.”

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:

Knowledge

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

Imagination

Intuition (though most are still in the Emotion category)

Human Sciences

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