Theory of Knowledge 32SIB

Use the following links to relevant course content for Theory of Knowledge 32SIB (grade 12 International Baccalaureate):

  • Materials (including all course notes and assignments)
  • Video lectures (videos recorded in past classes on course content and examples)
  • Weekly Events (a journal of weekly events for the current semester)
  • Current/Past Assessments (a list of assessments for the current semester)
  • Class photos (some photos of past or current class events and funny items)
  • Schedule (the interactive schedule for the current semester’s events)
  • Hand in (the web portal to submit completed assignments)
  • Hand back (the web portal where graded assignments are handed back)
  • Course archive (records of events/assessments of this course in the past)
  • Current Marks (PowerSchool portal, log in to check marks and attendance)

Any questions about any of this by students, parents, teachers, etc? Then email Mr. Wachs or comment at the bottom of this page…


Weekly Events:

  • Week 1: (a short 3 day week to start the year) I introduced the course, went over the course outline and the I.B. expectations for the course (see this presentation on what TOK is). As well, we did an introduction activity on what knowledge is. We also did an activity on how certain you are you know something, in addition to a creative assignment describing through a diagram how the students acquire knowledge. We also had a presentation (see video)on epistemology part 1 (notes available for part one)
  • Week 2: We met three times this week and continued our unit on epistemology with presentations for parts two (see video) and three (see video). We also had work time on the creative assignment from the week before. In addition, we did an activity where we analyzed a news article for factual truth
  • Week 3: We met twice this week and started part four (see video, notes available for parts twothree, and four). As well, we did a personal belief interview activity
  • Week 4: We three times this week and completed the epistemology unit with the final presentation (see videofor the unit (notes available for part five). As well, we did a a truth test activity, and a creative assignment (see examples here) on coming up with your own definition of knowledge
  • Week 5: This week we met twice and started our look at the first way of knowing: Reason. We had presentations on part one (see videoand two (see video, notes available for parts one and two). We did a problem solving activity, played a logic game called “Crazy Captain”, and a syllogism assignment.
  • Week 6: This week was a shorter week (due to Thanksgiving) and met twice this week. We looked at part three presentation (see video and notes) of the Reason unit. We also had a work period to work on current activities (listed below)
  • Week 7: This week was also a shorter week (inservice day on Friday) and we met twice this week and completed part four of the reason unit (see videoactivity, and notes). Students also asked for a work class this week to catch up on work from this and other courses.

Assessments:

  1. Participating in the various activities for our Epistemology unit, including:
    1. In class activity with discussion about “What you know…” or “knowledge claims” (in-class participation expected)
    2. In class discussion about turning “knowledge claims” into “knowledge questions” by asking the question “how” do you know (in-class participation expected)
    3. In-class activity ranking concepts in terms of belief (in-class participation expected)
    4. Assignment on a personal knowledge diagram using the TOK defined ways of knowing and areas of knowledge (completed and hand-in expected) – see examples
    5. In-class activity dividing facts from a news story into true, false, or could be true or false  (in-class participation expected)
    6. In-class activity interviewing class mates on personal beliefs (in-class participation expected)
    7. In-class activity examining the three truth tests (in-class participation expected)
    8. Assignment on a personal knowledge diagram using the TOK defined ways of knowing and areas of knowledge (completed and hand-in expected) – see examples
  2. Participating in the various activities for our Reason unit, including:
    1. In class activity with discussion about problem solving (in-class participation expected)
    2. In class activity with a logic game called “Crazy Captain” (in-class participation expected)
    3. Assignment making five syllogisms (completed and hand-in expected) – see examples
    4. In class activity creating and performing a logical fallacy skit or story (in-class participation expected)
    5. Assignment making a logical fallacies poster (completed and hand-in expected) – see examples

Schedule:

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