Theory of Knowledge 32SIB Course Archive

Previous Course Events:

The last time this course ran (either last semester, last year, or in the past) the following was the events at that time:


2013-2014: TOK32SIB – Semester 2 Events:

  • Week 1: I introduced the course, went over the course outline and the I.B. expectations for the course – as well, we did an activities in what knowledge is, how certain you are you know something, and a creative activity describing through a diagram how the students acquire knowledge
  • Week 2: we continued the Knowers and Knowing unit with part 2 and 3 and the various activities associated with them
  • Week 3: we completed parts 4 and 5 of the knowers and knowing unit with activities in knowledge vocabulary and a diagram of the epistomological definition of knowledge
  • Week 4: we completed the knowers and knowing unit with part 6 which was a work day on a unit reflection. Then we started our next unit reason (a way of knowing)with part 1 and did an activity solving logic problems and constructed logic syllogisms
  • Week 5: we continued the reason as a way of knowing unit with some activities in logic puzzles and games. As well, the students started an assignment making a poster for one of the logical fallacies
  • Week 6: we continued our study of reason as a way of knowing working on our poster assignment, some more activities (including a game of “Crazy Captain”), and some presentations of reason parts 3 and 4
  • Week 7: we completed our unit on reason as a way of knowing by completing unit assessments and filling out a journal entry for the unit and a self-assessment
  • Week 8: we started our unit on sense perception with the first two presentations, watched some optical illusion videos, and started an activity with famous pieces of art
  • Week 9: after spring break I was away on a field trip for two days and the students had work catch up time. When I returned, we continued our look at the sense perception unit
  • Week 10: we completed our perception unit and began our next unit Language as a way of knowing
  • Week 11: we continued our language unit with activities examining the vagueness of language, altering sentence structure, and creating new words. The class looked at parts 2 and 3 of the unit presentations.
  • Week 12: we completed our language unit with part 4 and worked on the unit assessments
  • Week 13: we started our emotion with an activity defining an emotion and looked at part 1 and 2 of the unit presentations
  • Week 14: we continued our emotion unit with presentations for part 3 and some videos on emotion, and a web based EQ test on emotion.
  • Week 15: we completed our emotion unit with presentation 4 and played an activity of emotional charades
  • Week 16: we started looking at intuition as a way of knowing and then started work time on the final assessments for the TOK course (the presentation and the essay)
  • Week 17: we finalized the course content and students were given the final two weeks of the course to complete the major assessments (the essay and presentation) or any outstanding assessments from past units – Students needed to be aware of deadlines including scheduling a day to do their presentations in from of their classmates!
  • Week 18: in our final week of classes, students had a work class and then a period to do the TOK presentations in class. For those students who were not ready to present, the class scheduled two alternative days during exam week that they can come in to do their presentations (Wednesday or Thursday after 1 PM). As well, the final TOK essay is due on Monday.

Assessments:

  1. Participating in the various activities for our Knowers and Knowing unit, including:
    1. Personal knowledge diagram
    2. Interview about belief
    3. Creative interpretation of “Knowledge = Justified True Belief”
    4. Unit reflection and self-assessment
  2. Participating in the various activities for our Reason unit, including:
    1. Constructing 5 syllogisms
    2. Logical fallacies poster
    3. Fallacy skit or story
    4. Unit reflection and self-assessment
  3. Participating in the various activities for our Sense perception unit, including:
    1. Translating a famous piece of art into a poem, and then a poem into art
    2. Writing a romance short story from both perspectives
    3. Unit reflection and self-assessment
  4. Participating in the various activities for our Language unit, including:
    1. Unit reflection and self-assessment
  5. Participating in the various activities for our Emotion unit, including:
    1. A definition of an emotion presentation assignment
    2. Unit reflection and self-assessment
  6. The TOK final essay
  7. The TOK final presentation

2015-2016: TOK32SIB – Semester 2 Events:

  • Week 1: I introduced the course, went over the course outline and the I.B. expectations for the course – as well, we did an activities in what knowledge is, how certain you are you know something, and a creative activity describing through a diagram how the students acquire knowledge
  • Week 2: this week we continued our look at knowledge in the knowers and knowing unit. We had the part 2 presentation, and did various activities including looking up a news story and examining reasonable belief.
  • Week 3: We only had one class this week due to school registration cancelling our class. We used the class to examine part 3 of the knowers and knowing unit and an activity about personal beliefs.
  • Week 4: This week we completed the knowers and knowing unit by examining the classical epistemological definition of knowledge (knowledge is justified true belief) and then started our first way of knowing – reason. We did a presentation on part 1 of reason and a reason game (“Crazy Captain”)
  • Week 5: This week we looked at parts 2 and 3 of the reason as a way of knowing unit with two presentations/discussions. As well, we did a reason activity with logic puzzles and examining a story for true, false, and unknown facts. Students were given two new assignments for this unit on syllogisms and creating a poster on a logical fallacy.
  • Week 6: This week we looked at the final parts of the reason unit by examining the laws of logic and the students had some work time to work on current assignments.
  • Week 7: On the week before spring break, we started our unit on sense perception with a presentation and watched some optical illusion videos.
  • Week 8: We continued our look at sense perception with an activity with art and poetry. We also had a presentation on part 2 of sense perception.
  • Week 9: We completed our look at sense perception and started our next unit with a discussion of language as a way of knowing
  • Week 10: We continued our look at language as a way of knowing with part 2 presentation and activities on estimating meanings, creating new words, and restructuring sentences
  • Week 11: We completed our unit in language with an assignment on a hypothetical product name and a presentation on language. We finished the week by starting our next way of knowing: emotion
  • Week 12: We met twice this week and continued our look at emotion as a way of knowing. We did an activity on describing an emotion and watched a video on emotion vs. reason
  • Week 13: We met three times this week and had two work catch-up classes (due to a school event and the I.B. Chemistry exam). We did have informal discussions around the TOK essay and presentation
  • Week 14: We met twice this week and completed the emotion as a way of knowing unit with the final presentation and had a large discussion about the course final assessments (essay and presentation)
  • Week 15: we finalized the course content and students were given the final two weeks of the course to complete the major assessments (the essay and presentation) or any outstanding assessments from past units – Students needed to be aware of deadlines including scheduling a day to do their presentations in from of their classmates!
  • Week 16: we finalized the course content and students were given the final two weeks of the course to complete the major assessments (the essay and presentation) or any outstanding assessments from past units – Students needed to be aware of deadlines including scheduling a day to do their presentations in from of their classmates!
  • Week 17: This week we had some student presentations and students had work time on the major assessments (the essay and presentation) or any outstanding assessments from past units
  • Week 18: In our final week of classes, student presentations continued, and the final essay was due for hand in

Assessments:

  1. Participating in the various activities for our Knowers and Knowing unit, including:
    1. In class 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. Ranking concepts in terms of belief (in-class participation expected) 
    4. Personal knowledge diagram (completed and handed-in expected) – see examples
    5. Dividing facts from a news story into true, false, or could be true or false  (in-class participation expected) 
    6. Considering and diagramming the Ways of Knowing as defined in the TOK curriculum (completed and handed-in expected) – see examples
  2. Participating in the various activities for our Reason unit, including:
    1. An activity working on some logic puzzles
    2. An activity playing “crazy captain” and identifying ‘truths’ in various statements
    3. Constructing 5 syllogisms (completed and handed-in expected) – see examples
    4. Logical fallacies poster (completed and handed-in expected) – see examples
  3. Participating in the various activities for our Sense perception unit, including:
    1. We watched a few  videos on perception
    2. Translating a famous piece of art into a poem, and then a poem into art (completed and handed-in expected) – see example here and here
  4. Participating in the various activities for our Language unit, including:
    1. An activity estimating quantities based on word descriptions, and explaining the meaning of a written sentence in 6 different ways
    2. An activity creating 2 new words from descriptions, and a look at translating a sentence using web based translation software
    3. Watching a few videos on language
    4. Restructuring the meaning of sentences (completed and handed-in expected) – see examples
    5. Hypothetical product name assignment (completed and handed-in expected) – see examples
  5. Participating in the various activities for our Emotion unit, including:
    1. Some videos examining emotion
    2. Defining an emotion (dictionary, young child, and facial expression)
  6. The TOK final essay
  7. The TOK final presentation

2016-2017: TOK32SIB – Semester 2 Events:

  • Week 1: I introduced the course, went over the course outline and the I.B. expectations for the course. 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: This week we continued our unit on epistemology with presentations for parts two (see video)three (see videoand started part four (see video, notes available for parts two, three, and four). 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: This week (a shorter week due to Louis Riel day) we met twice 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 personal belief interview activity, a truth test activity, and a creative assignment (see examples here) on coming up with your own definition of knowledge
  • Week 4: 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 5: This week we met three times and continued our look at Reason as a way of knowing. We had the part three presentation (see video and notes), as well as a skit activity and a poster assignment. Students were also given two work classes on those (and any past) assignments.
  • Week 6: This week (a four day week due to an in-service day), we met twice and completed part four of the reason unit (see video, activity, and notes). We also presented our logical fallacies skits in the school theater.
  • Week 7: The week before spring break, we met three times this week we started the Sense Perception unit with presentations on part one (see videoand two (see video, notes available for parts one and two). We watched some videos, and did a activity looking at the I.B. learner profile and an activity doing an art translation (see examples).
  • SPRING BREAK
  • Week 8: This week we met twice and continued our Sense Perception unit with presentations on part three (see videoand four (see video, notes available for parts three and four). We also did an activity with a Socratic seminar and a visual activity.
  • Week 9: This week (a short week due to good Friday) we met twice. We examined the final assessments for the course (essay and presentation) by looking at a workbook. We also started our next unit with part 1 of Language (see presentationnotes, and video) and an activity.
  • Week 10: This week Mr. Wachs was away for two days for personal commitments and students had work classes on the current unit and future major assessments. As well, we met once and looked at part 2 of Language (see presentationnotes, and video) and an activity.  Also, Friday was an in-service day.
  • Week 11: This week we met twice and completed our Language unit with presentations on part three (see videoand four (see video, notes available for parts three and four). We also did an activity with translation websites and a advertising company name activity.
  • Week 12: This week we met three times and started the Emotion unit with presentations on part one (see video) and two (see video, notes available for parts one and two). We did a activity defining emotions, then a class looking again at the final assessments (see this workbook for more details) in detail, then an activity watching videos on emotion.
  • Week 13: This week we met twice and looked at Emotion part three (see video and notes) and an activity. We also had a work class for final assessments.
  • Week 14: This week we met three times and looked at Emotion part four (see video and notes) and an activity. Then we started the other ways of knowing with Intuition (see presentation, video, activity and notes). We also had a work class for final assessments.
  • Week 15: This week we met twice and looked at the other ways of knowing with Memory (see presentationactivity and notes). We also had a work class for final assessments.
  • Week 16: This week we met twice and looked at the other ways of knowing with Imagination (see presentationactivity and notes) and Faith (see presentationactivity and notes). We also had a work class for final assessments.
  • Week 17: This week we met three times and had two work classes and then the start of presentations on the final assessments for the course (see final assessments workbook)
  • Week 18: This week we met twice and had presentations on the final assessments for the course as well as opportunities to meet or email Mr. Wachs to look at and discuss drafts of the TOK essay (see final assessments workbook)
  • Week 19: This one day week had students complete work on the final assessments for the course and hand in all work (see final assessments workbook)

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
    6. In class activity doing logic puzzles (in-class participation expected)
  3. Participating in the various activities for our Sense Perception unit, including:
    1. In class activity ranking elements of the I.B. learner profile (in-class participation expected)
    2. In class activity translating a famous piece of art into a poem, and then a poem into art (in-class participation expected) – see examples
    3. In class activity having a Socratic seminar (in-class participation expected)
    4. In class activity looking at visual acuity (in-class participation expected)
  4. Participating in the various activities for our Language unit, including:
    1. In class activity estimating quantities (in-class participation expected)
    2. In class activity restructuring sentences (in-class participation expected)
    3. In class activity using translation websites (in-class participation expected)
    4. In class activity creating advertising company names (in-class participation expected)
  5. Participating in the various activities for our Emotion unit, including:
    1. In class activity defining emotions (in-class participation expected) – see examples
    2. In class activity watching videos on emotions (in-class participation expected)
    3. In class activity doing online EQ tests (in-class participation expected)
    4. In class activity doing categorizing emotional antecedents (in-class participation expected)
  6. Participating in the various activities for our Intuition presentation activity and lecture, including an in class activity with some online questions (in-class participation expected)
  7. Participating in the various activities for our Memory presentation activity and lecture, including an in class activity with some videos (in-class participation expected)
  8. Participating in the various activities for our Imagination presentation and lecture, including an in class activity with some videos (in-class participation expected)
  9. Participating in the various activities for our Faith presentation and lecture, including an in class activity with some videos (in-class participation expected)
  10. Final Course Presentation (see description and marking sheet)
  11. Final Course Essay (see description and marking sheet)

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