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November 12, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: Grammar & The Search For Knowledge

In my IB Theory of Knowledge classes, we study how language can help – and hinder – our search for knowledge.

Here are a few examples students came up with last week when we were exploring the role of punctuation, using “Let’s eat Grandma” as an example (you can see what students came up with last year at The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2016 – Part Two):

November 7, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: “Ta-Nehisi Coates on words that don’t belong to everyone”

This is a very thought-provoking video on an important issue we should be discussing with our students, though many of us don’t because it could be a scary one to have.

It does include two classroom inappropriate words but, after clearing it with my principal (I assume he would be okay with it), it’s one I would want to show to my IB Theory of Knowledge class.

What do you think?

I’m adding it to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More.

October 26, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Animated Video: “Knowledge vs Thinking – Neil deGrasse Tyson”

This new animated video would be good for IB Theory of Knowledge classes, as well as others.

It echos the famous Richard Feynman quote about ““The Difference Between Knowing The Name Of Something & Knowing Something.” I’ve embedded that video at the bottom of this post.

October 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: “Would you use time travel to kill baby Hitler?”

I shared a number of resources about this topic a couple of years ago when it was in the news (see Killing Baby Hitler & Student “What If?” Projects).

We talk about it each year in my Theory of Knowledge classes when studying history – I connect it to our “What If?” projects (see The Best Resources For Teaching “What If?” History Lessons).

Vox produced this video in 2016 when it was in all the media, but I must have missed it.  I just accidentally saw it, and will be adding it to other related resources.

October 3, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Perfect Critical Thinking Article For TOK Classes Published Today – Here Is How I’m Going To Use It


It’s a joy to teach IB Theory Of Knowledge classes, and I feel very lucky to be able to teach three periods of it.

Scientific American today published the perfect article for TOK students. It’s headlined Why Do Smart People Do Foolish Things?

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.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Teaching & Learning Critical Thinking In The Classroom.

You might also be interested in My Teaching English – British Council post on integrating critical thinking skills into English Language Learner instruction.

September 17, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Excellent Article On Confederate Monuments For TOK Classes

I’ve been looking forward to tackling the controversy about Confederate monuments in this year’s Theory of Knowledge classes, and have been accumulating resources (see The Best Resources For Teaching About Confederate Monuments).

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!

September 5, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

More Useful Resources For Teaching About Confederate Monuments


More and more useful resources are becoming available on the issue of Confederate monuments.  I’ll be adding these to The Best Resources For Teaching About Confederate Monuments and having students review portions of them when we study History in our IB Theory of Knowledge classes:

Goodbye, Yosemite. Hello, What? is from The New York Times (it’s not clear from the headline its connection to Confederate monuments but it’s there).

We’re still fighting, more than 150 years after Appomattox is from The Associated Press.

The way that Taiwan, India, and other countries deal with statues that symbolize ugly pasts is from Quartz.

How Lithuania dealt with its Soviet statues is from The Economist.

What Trump’s Generation Learned About the Civil War is from The Atlantic.

Far From Dixie, Outcry Grows Over a Wider Array of Monuments is from The New York Times.

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