Theory of Knowledge 42SIB

Use the following links to relevant course content for Theory of Knowledge 42SIB (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 and went over the course outline and the I.B. TOK Assessment expectations for the course (see this presentation reviewing what TOK is).
  • Week 2: We met twice this week and then looked at the first Area of Knowledge – The Arts: Part 1 one (see video and notes) along with a sorting activity (art vs. non-art),  then moved on to Area of Knowledge – The Arts: Part two (see presentation, notes, and video) along with a mask activity
  • Week 3: We met three times this week and looked at Area of Knowledge – The Arts: Part 3 (see presentation, notes, and video) and a shape activity that judged art
  • Week 4: We met twice this week and completed our unit on the arts with part 4 (see presentation, video, and notes). We also did our Ethics part 1 (see presentation, video, and notes) and had a discussion activity on moral principles and a take home ethics activity (make your own baby)
  • Week 5: We met three times this week, and continued looking at part 1 of ethics (see presentation, video, and notes). Then we started our next unit (Human Sciences) by looking at The Milgram experiment (1961)” (see activityand presentations and discussions on parts 1 and 2 (see presentation one and two, video one and two, and notes one and two) and a activity ranking how to measure things.
  • Week 6: This week was a shorter week (due to Thanksgiving) and we met twice this week. We watched another Human Science documentary “A Class Divided” and the class discussed both documentaries and developed knowledge questions from these real life examples. We also did a “Mr. Wachs personality quiz” activity in class. We also looked at part 3 (see presentation, video, and notes) of Human Sciences.
  • Week 7: This week was also a shorter week (inservice day on Friday) and we met twice this week and looked at part 4 (see presentation, video, and notes) of Human Sciences.
  • Week 8: We met three times this week and looked at Ethics part 2 (see presentationvideo and notes), and had a class discussion around current I.B. assessments, schedule, and work loads. On Friday we went to a I.B. “de-stressing session” with all grade 11 and 12 I.B. students.
  • Week 9: We met twice this week and did our Ethics skit activities and started our History unit with an activity on ranking historical events, had our first history presentation (see video and notes)
  • Week 10: We met twice this week (due to a shortened week with an in service day) and we continued our history unit with presentations for parts two and three (see notes for parts two and three, and videos for parts two and three) and an activity choosing Canada’s most significant historical event
  • Week 11:  We met twice this week and had two days of personal histories presentations from various students to their classmates.
  • Week 12: This week was a shorter week due to an in-service day on Friday, and Mr. Wachs being ill on Thursday. We met twice and continued our personal histories presentations and then looked at Ethics part 3 (see presentation, video, notes, and activity)
  • Week 13: We met twice this week and started our unit on Natural Sciences parts one and two (see video one and two, notes one and two) and an activity on determining scientific test ability
  • Week 14: We met three times this week and continued our look at Natural Sciences with parts three, four, and five (see video three, four and notes three, four, five) and an activity categorizing objects, an activity describing scientific progress, and an activity becoming Martian scientists
  • Week 15: We met twice this week and looked at Ethics part 4 (see presentation, notes, and activity), and Mathematics part 1  (see presentationnotes, and activity)
  • Week 16: This last week before the winter break, we completed our look at mathematics parts 1 and 2 (see presentation two and three, notes two and three, and activity two and three). As well, we looked at Ethics part 5 (see presentation, notes, and activity)
  • Week 17: Our week back after winter break, students are working on final course assessments (see folder of all final assessment materials and resources) and Mr. Wachs was available for help and consultation.
  • Week 18: This week students started the final I.B. TOK presentations in class. As well, students worked on the I.B. TOK essays (see folder of all final assessment materials and resources) and Mr. Wachs was available for consultation on the essays (both through email and appointment outside of class time) to ensure students are proceeding in the correct direction for the essay.

Assessments:

  1. Email Mr. Wachs so he has your email on record
  2. Participating in the various activities for our “Arts” unit, including:
    1. In class activity classifying a list of items as “art” or “non-art” (in-class participation expected)
    2. Assignment creating a paper mask that reflects an emotion and having a class discussion (completed and hand-in expected) – see examples
    3. Assignment based on a list of words and a small set of rules, groups came up with a song or poem and then performed it in the theater for the class (in-class participation expected)
    4. Assignment where students created a piece of art from a sheet of shapes, then we had an art gallery and students ranked the anonymous art (completed and hand-in expected) – see examples
  3. Participating in the activity for “Ethics” part 1 (in-class participation expected) and working on “The Ethical Baby” activity – see examples
  4. Participating in the various activities for our “Human Sciences” unit, including:
    1. In class activity watching and discussing The Milgram experiment (1961)” (in-class participation expected)
    2. In class activity ranking items in terms of how easy they are to measure
    3. In class activity watching and discussing “A Class Divided (in-class participation expected)
    4. In class activity doing the “Mr. Wachs personality quiz”
  5. Participating in the activity for “Ethics” part 2 (in-class participation expected)
  6. Participating in the various activities for our “History” unit, including:
    1. In class activity ranking historical events (in-class participation expected)
    2. In class activity choosing Canada’s most historically significant event (in-class participation expected)
    3. In class activity giving personal histories (in-class participation expected)
  7. Participating in the activity for “Ethics” part 3 (in-class participation expected)
  8. Participating in the various activities for our “Natural Sciences” unit, including:
    1. In class activity ranking and examining what is and is not scientifically testable (in-class participation expected)
    2. In class activity with a hypothetical situation where you are a Martian scientist defending a hypothesis(in-class participation expected)
    3. In class activity categorizing the universe into 4 distinct categories (in-class participation expected)
    4. In class activity examining graphs of the progress of scientific knowledge over time (in-class participation expected)
  9. Participating in the activity for “Ethics” part 4 (in-class participation expected)
  10. Participating in the various activities for our “Mathematics” unit, including:
    1. In class activity looking at a geometrical image in three different ways
    2. In class activity looking at circles and patterns
    3. In class activity looking at counting in a different base system
  11. Participating in the activity for “Ethics” part 5 (in-class participation expected)
  12. I.B. T.O.K. – Final Essay (I.B. internal assessment folder)
  13. I.B. T.O.K. – Final Presentation (I.B. internal assessment folder)

Schedule:

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