As regular readers know, one of my projects over the summer was completely revamping my curriculum for the three periods of International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge classes I teach each day. It’s almost fifty percent new, though I’ve only gotten around to posting about four months of it online. You can check things out at my posts tagged TOK.
One of the changes I made was the homework I expected students to do after they read each chapter in our TOK textbook. I’ve previously posted those homework instructions, but here they are again.
In the past, I’ve always had small groups meet and make short presentations about the homework each week. However, they were decidedly uneven in quality, though students gained a lot from them.
The May 2017 Theory of Knowledge Essay prompts have just been released by IB. I’ve posted them at our class blog, where you can also download the outline our students use, the official essay planning document, feedback we’ve received from IB Examiners on our previously submitted essays, and links to all the other resources my TOK students use to prepare their essays.
I hope you find them helpful, and feel free to suggest additional resources you find helpful!
A new study has been released today that I suspect most IB Theory of Knowledge classes around the world will be incorporating in their discussions of memory’s role in acquiring knowledge. It found that, as the headline of an article about the study says, The more we know, the easier we are to deceive.
Here’s an excerpt:
This is one reason we spend a fair amount of time on the concept of false memories in TOK classes. It sounds like it might be worth discussing in other classes, too.
It’s about the recent media attention paid to past rape charges against the actor and director, whose movie, “The Birth Of A Nation,” is coming out soon.
It raises important points related to ethics and the arts.
I’m going to have my IB Theory of Knowledge students read it when we are in our Arts unit and have them respond to this prompt:
What does Roxane Gay say about separating “the art and the artist”? To what extent do you agree with what she is saying? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.