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December 3, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Example Of Our Final “Ways Of Knowing Project”

Every year I share an example from the Ways of Knowing final project my students do in our IB Theory of Knowledge classes.

Basically, they have to present multiple ways each Way of Knowing can help and hinder our search for knowledge.

Here are links to previous examples (which also include downloadable student hand-outs):

Exemplar Slideshows For Our “Ways Of Knowing” Project

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

“Ways Of Knowing” Final Projects By My IB Theory of Knowledge Students

Here’s What My IB Theory Of Knowledge Students Did For Their “Ways Of Knowing Final Project”

Here’s an example from this year’s classes:

December 3, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: Amazingly Powerful Video Urging Support For Refugees

The Rusty Radiator Award, also known as the Radi-Aid Awards, recognize the best and worst charity ads each year.

In fact, the public can vote on them, though the deadline is December 4th.

You can see the nominees at the Rusty Radiator site. You can also see past year’s winners by clicking “Archive” at the top.

NPR has a very good article on the program at Vote For The Best And Worst Charity Ads Of 2017.

They are good to show students for analyzing persuasive techniques, as well as for introducing some of the world’s problems highlighted in the ads.

This video is one of those nominated for this year’s best. I don’t think anyone will disagree:

Since many of the videos are refugee-related, I’m adding this post to The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day.

November 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

NY Times Editors Need To Read Hannah Arendt (or “The Best Commentaries On The NY Times Article ‘Normalizing’ A Nazi”)

A week after this post originally appeared, I thought it was important enough to convert it into a “Best” list and added more links at the bottom to important commentaries on the article

The New York Times today published a profile of a Nazi living in the United States today that portrayed him as typical guy who just happened to have white supremacist views.

The article was originally headlined “In America’s Heartland, The Nazi Sympathizer Next Door” and then was changed in the online version to “A Voice of Hate In America’s Heartland” (see tweet below). I’m assuming an editor made that change in a welcome, but feeble, attempt to communicate in the headline what the article should have, but did not, communicate.

The article clearly demonstrates what Hannah Arendt called “the banality of evil” (see Quote Of The Day: Hannah Arendt & The Origin Of Evil and Video: “Hannah Arendt” — The Movie (& The Importance Of Reflection).

What it does not do, and which makes it shocking that it made it into the Times, is that it does not name it as evil. It’s a simple profile that makes it seem normal, does not include any discussion of its dangers, shares no critical voices, does not talk about how it should be confronted.

For an alternative model of how to do a profile of a Nazi, see The Atlantic’s article, The Making of an American Nazi.

I’m thinking about how I can use both articles, or portions of each, in my IB Theory of Knowledge class. All ideas are welcome.

(Boy, The Atlantic is fast! Three hours after The Times story was published, they came out with a parody)

This Twitter “thread,” which you can see by clicking on the tweet itself, is a great commentary on the article:

November 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video From “The Good Place” About The Trolley Problem

The television series “The Good Place” recently featured an episode titled “The Trolley Problem.”

Yes, it was about that Trolley Problem.

Here’s a clip from the beginning of the show, followed by the entire episode. I’m adding it to The Best Videos About The Famous “Trolley Problem”.

I’ll be showing parts of it to my TOK class when we learn about ethics after the first of the year.

November 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post or two containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2016 – Part Two and The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2017 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

Civic Online Reasoning is new from The Stanford History Education Group. I’m adding it to The Best Tools & Lessons For Teaching Information Literacy – Help Me Find More.

Resources For Teachers has a number of the same articles written for different reading levels.  I’m adding it to The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels”

The story of this topic – in 50 objects! is from Russel Tarr. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Using “Object Lessons” In History.

Teams work better with a little help from your friends is a summary of a recent study. It might provide something to think about when dividing up students into small groups. I’m adding it to Best Posts On The Basics Of Small Groups In The Classroom.

6 Reasons to Try a Single-Point Rubric appeared in Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Rubric Sites (And A Beginning Discussion About Their Use).

Get Students to Reflect on the Logical Fallacies in Arguments is by Shelly Terrell. I’m adding it to The Best Multimedia Resources For Learning About Fallacies — Help Me Find More.

November 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

“” Has Useful Ethics Assessments


Project Implicit, a series of quizzes, is from Harvard, and may the most well-known online resource for discovering hidden bias. I have my IB Theory of Knowledge students use the site when we are studying Perception. seems to be a similar site (it appears to be from MIT), though focused entirely on moral issues. You can see a sample of their “tests” in the screenshot at the top of this post. I think they would be useful in TOK when we are studying ethics, and would go along with other “tests” I have students take (see What Are Your Moral Principles?).

I learned about the site through Flowing Data, which posted about a feature connected to “Your Morals” called Collective Debate.

Here’s how Flowing Data describes that activity:

[it] gauges your moral compass with a survey and then tries to “debate” with you about gender bias using counterpoints from the opposite side of the spectrum. The goal isn’t to be right. Instead, it’s to try to understand the other side. At the end, you see how you compare to others.

November 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

A Very Beginning List Of “Best” Videos Using Emotion To Manipulate – Please Suggest More

As part of our IB Theory of Knowledge class, we’ve been studying how emotion can help and hinder our search for knowledge.

One of the areas we study is how emotion can be used to manipulate us.

I’ve typically shown these two videos and had students write and discuss how they use emotion, but I thought it was time to expand the list.

Please let me know your suggestions in the comments section!

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