Theory of Knowledge 42SIB 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:


2012-2013: TOK42SIB – Semester 1 Events:

  • Week 1: we went over the course outline and started reviewing the content of the TOK32SIB course, as well as looking at some of the specific I.B. requirements of the TOK course
  • Week 2: we continued our review of TOK32SIB
  • Week 3: we completed our review of TOK32SIB and began our first unit The Arts with part 1 (defining items as ‘art’ or ‘non-art’)
  • Week 4: we continued our look at the arts through activities and lectures with part 2 (creating an emotion mask) and part 3 (creating a poem/song)
  • Week 5: we completed our unit The Arts, and began our first lecture on Ethics
  • Week 6: we started our look at the Human Sciences with part 1 and watched “The Milgram experiment (1961)”
  • Week 7: we continued our look at the Human Sciences with an activity on measurement, and watched a documentary on “Jane Elliott’s Blue eyes/Brown eyes activity” – also, the students were given a I.B. TOK essay planning sheet to work on (due at the end of the month)
  • Week 8: we continued our look at the Human Sciences with lectures 3 and 4, and we did an activity exploring the disciplines of psychology, sociology, economics, and anthropology
  • Week 9: we completed our look at the Human Sciences with lecture 4, and we did an ethics activity (Halloween based), and looked at Ethics part 2 (lecture)
  • Week 10: we started our next unit History with lecture 1 and a historical ranking activity – as well,the students started working on personal micro-histories of themselves
  • Week 11: we continued our look at History with lecture 2 and students started presenting their micro-histories – as well, I gave our phase 3 of the I.B. essay planning sheet
  • Week 12: we completed our look at History with lecture 3 and a historical skit activity, as well the school mathematics contest interrupted one of our classes
  • Week 13: we looked at part 3 of Ethics with a presentation and an ethic line-up activity – as well, we started our look at part 1 of the Natural Sciences unit
  • Week 14: we continued our look at Natural Sciences with parts 2 and 3 – activities in paradigm shifts and a mock debate
  • Week 15: we continued our look at Natural Sciences with parts 3 – 5
  • Week 16: we took a look at Ethics part 4, and had a TOK winter celebration day
  • Week 17: we started our final unit – Mathematics with parts 1-3, as well, the students preparation sheets for the I.B. TOK essay (phase I-III or first drafts can be substituted) and the I.B. TOK presentation (phase I-II) were to be turned in
  • Week 18: we completed our final unit Mathematics watching a few videos
  • Week 19: students had a work week to complete all I.B. T.O.K. Internal Assessments (I.A.)

Assessments:

  1. Thinking about choosing a topic for the I.B. essay from the I.B. topics
  2. Participating in the various activities for our “Arts” unit
  3. Emailing Mr. Wachs your choice of I.B. TOK essay topic from the prescribed list – phase 1
  4. Participating in the activities for our 1st “Ethics” lesson
  5. Participating in the various activities for our “Human Sciences” unit
  6. Participating in the activities for our 2nd “Ethics” lesson
  7. Complete the I.B. TOK essay planning sheet – phase 2
  8. Participating in the various activities for our “History” unit
  9. Participating in the activities for our 3rd “Ethics” lesson
  10. Participating in the various activities for our “Natural Sciences” unit
  11. Complete the I.B. TOK essay planning sheet – phase 3
  12. Complete the I.B. TOK presentation planning sheet – phase 1
  13. Participating in the activities for our 4th “Ethics” lesson
  14. Complete the I.B. TOK presentation planning sheet – phase 2
  15. Participating in the various activities for our “Mathematics” unit
  16. I.B. T.O.K. I.A. – Essay
  17. I.B. T.O.K. I.A. – Presentation

2013-2014: TOK42SIB – Semester 1 Events:

  • Week 1: After getting the course outline, we discussed the course content and the I.B. requirements for the course.
  • Week 2: we had presentations and activities reviewing TOK32SIB units: knowers and knowing, reason, perception, and emotion. As well, students watched an example I.B. TOK presentation in preparation of upcoming internal assessments
  • Week 3: we completed our review of TOK32SIB and began our first unit The Arts with part 1 (defining items as ‘art’ or ‘non-art’)
  • Week 4: we continued our look at the arts through activities and lectures with part 2 (creating an emotion mask) and part 3 (creating a poem/song)
  • Week 5: we completed our unit The Arts (shape art), and began our first lecture on Ethics and ethics activity (make your own baby)
  • Week 6: we started our look at the Human Sciences with part 1 and watched “The Milgram experiment (1961)”
  • Week 7: we continued our look at the Human Sciences with an activity on measurement – also, the students were given a I.B. TOK essay planning sheet to work on (due at the end of the month)
  • Week 8: we continued our look at the Human Sciences with lecture 3
  • Week 9: we continued our look at the Human Sciences with lecture 4 and 5 (concluding the unit)
  • Week 10: we took a class this week to exam and practice mark the I.B. TOK essay (the I.A.) and then had our second lecture on ethics part 2
  • Week 11: Mr. Wachs was ill 2 days this week and the students had work time on the I.B. assessments, but the class started our look at the History unit with lecture 1
  • Week 12: We continued our look at the History unit with ethics skits, and personal histories presentations
  • Week 13: We continued our look at the History unit and had the third ethics presentation and activity (the ethical lineup)
  • Week 14: We completed the History unit, and then Mr. Wachs was away at a conference for 3 days, so students worked on catching up on past work or working on their I.B. TOK assessments
  • Week 15: We started the Natural Sciences unit with activities and discussions around this unit
  • Week 16: We completed the Natural Sciences unit and had our 4th Ethics class
  • Week 17: We started the Mathematics unit with a number of activities
  • Week 18: we completed our final unit Mathematics, and students had work time to complete all I.B. T.O.K. Internal Assessments (I.A.)
  • Week 19: we complete the course of all units and I.B. assessments

Assessments:

  1. Thinking about choosing a topic for the I.B. essay from the I.B. topics
  2. Participating in the various activities for our review unit
  3. Emailing Mr. Wachs your choice of I.B. TOK essay topic from the prescribed list – phase 1
  4. Participating in the various activities for our “Arts” unit
  5. Completing deadline 1 for the extended essay
  6. Attending the first I.B. extended essay meeting with your starting materials (diploma students only)
  7. Participating in the activities for our 1st “Ethics” lesson
  8. Participating in the various activities for our “History” unit
  9. I.B. TOK Essay Planning – Phase 3
  10. I.B. TOK Presentation Planning – Phase 1
  11. Completing deadline 2 for the extended essay
  12. Participating in the various activities for our “Natural Sciences” unit
  13. Participating in the various activities for our “Mathematics” unit
  14. I.B. T.O.K. I.A. – Essay
  15. I.B. T.O.K. I.A. – Presentation

2014-2015: TOK42SIB – Semester 1 Events:

  • Week 1: We met and discussed a schedule for meeting next week.
  • Week 2: We met three times and went over some basics of the I.B. TOK Assessment, then moved on to Area of Knowledge – The Arts: Parts 1 and 2 with a mask activity, and a poem/song activity
  • Week 3: We met twice and looked at Area of Knowledge – The Arts: Parts 3 and 4 with a shape activity
  • Week 4: we completed our unit The Arts (shape art), and began our first lecture on Ethics and ethics activity (make your own baby). Then we started our look at the Human Sciences with part 1 and watched “The Milgram experiment (1961)”
  • Week 5: we continued our Human Sciences unit with parts 2 and 3. We watched “A Class Divided” 
  • Week 6: we completed our Human Sciences unit with part 4
  • Week 7: we met looked at Ethics part 2 (including a ethics skit activity to be performed in two weeks)
  • Week 8: we met twice this week and started our History as an area of knowledge unit with parts 1 and 2. This included an activity ranking historical events, determining a historically significant event for Canada, and starting work on personal “micro” histories.
  • Week 9: we met three times this week, and looked at History as an area of knowledge parts 3 and 4. This included an activity with historical skits. On Friday, we had a TOK Halloween party where the ethics skits were performed.
  • Week 10: we met twice this week and started our Natural Sciences as an area of knowledge unit with part 1, as well as looking at Ethics part 3. These included activities with ethical line ups, and ranking the testing of various scenarios scientifically
  • Week 11: we met twice this week and looked at Natural Sciences part 1 and 2 lectures as well an activity exploring the scientific method
  • Week 12: we met twice this week and looked at Natural Sciences part 3 and an activity examining different trends in science
  • Week 13: we met three times this week and completed the Natural Sciences unit and looked at Ethics part 4
  • Week 14: we only met once this week to look at Mathematics part 1 with an activity on a mathematics discovery timeline
  • Week 15: we competed the presentations of our last units with parts 2 and 3 of Mathematics and the final part 5 of ethics
  • Week 16: we did not meet this week as students are working on their internal assessment (I.A.) the I.B. TOK essay and the I.B. TOK presentation
  • Week 17: we did not meet again this week as students are working on their internal assessment (I.A.) the I.B. TOK essay and the I.B. TOK presentation
  • Week 18: we did not meet again this week as students are working on their internal assessment (I.A.) the I.B. TOK essay and the I.B. TOK presentation
  • Week 19: we completed the I.B. assessments with the students handing in their final copies of their TOK essays and gave their TOK presentations

Assessments:

  1. Email Mr. Wachs so he has your email on record
  2. Participating in the various activities for our “Arts” unit
  3. TOK Essay – Phase 1 (emailing Mr. Wachs your choice of I.B. TOK essay topic from the prescribed list)
  4. Participating in the activities for “Ethics” part 1
  5. Participating in the various activities for our “Human Sciences” unit
  6. TOK Essay – Phase 2 (completing the planning document, or a rough draft)
  7. Participating in the activities for “Ethics” part 2
  8. Participating in the various activities for our “History” unit
  9. TOK Essay – Phase 3 (completing the planning document, or a rough draft)
  10. TOK Presentation – Phase 1 (completing the planning document)
  11. Participating in the activities for “Ethics” part 3
  12. Participating in the various activities for our “Natural Sciences” unit
  13. Participating in the activities for “Ethics” part 4
  14. Participating in the various activities for our “Mathematics” unit
  15. Participating in the activities for “Ethics” part 5
  16. I.B. T.O.K. – Final Essay (I.B. internal assessment)
  17. I.B. T.O.K. – Final Presentation (I.B. internal assessment)

2015-2016: TOK42SIB – Semester 1 Events:

  • Week 1: I introduced the course and went over the course outline
  • Week 2: We met three times and went over some basics of the I.B. TOK Assessment, then moved on to Area of Knowledge – The Arts: Parts 1 and 2 with a mask activity, and a poem/song activity
  • Week 3: We met twice and looked at Area of Knowledge – The Arts: Parts 3 and 4 with lectures and a shape activity that judged art
  • Week 4: We completed our unit on the arts with a presentation on part 5. We also did our first ethics presentation and activity (make your own baby)
  • Week 5: We had a few interruptions this week with I.B. exam meetings, but we started our next unit (Human Sciences) by looking at “The Milgram experiment (1961)”
  • Week 6: We met twice this week and had a lecture on the Human Sciences – part 1, then we watched a documentary called “A Class Divided”
  • Week 7:  We met twice this week and looked at parts 2 and 3 of the Human Sciences unit. We also did an activity with how to “measure” things and a personality quiz
  • Week 8: We met twice this week and completed our look at Human Sciences and then started an activity for Ethics part 2
  • Week 9: We met twice this week and started our look at the next unit – History with an activity ranking historical events
  • Week 10: This was a short week with Remembrance day, an inservice day, and Mr. Wachs was away for 2 days on a field trip to New York. TOK classes were cancelled for this week.
  • Week 11: This week we net twice, the first time we went to a presentation by Mr. MacWilliam our I.B. English teacher and extended essay advisor about essay writing. Then we met and discussed a new TOK schedule and did an ethics activity – the ethics line-up
  • Week 12: This week, students presented their ethics skits and we had a class discussion on the I.B. TOK assessments
  • Week 13: This week we did an analysis of the TOK essay by looking and marking past sample essays. As well, we has a presentation on History as an area of knowledge
  • Week 14: This week we completed the look at the History as an area of knowledge unit and started our look at the Natural Sciences unit
  • Week 15: This week we continued our look at the Natural Sciences unit, we discussed the next phase of the TOK essay development and had an I.B. winter party
  • Week 16: This week we discussed the I.B. assessments, worked on an ethics presentation, and began our unit on mathematics
  • Week 17: This week after a class discussion, the students wished to have the remainder of the course dedicated to course work time and one-on-one help from Mr. Wachs.  Students worked through the week on the two I.B. TOK assessments (the essay and the presentation)
  • Week 18: Students worked through the week on the two I.B. TOK assessments (the essay and the presentation). Mr. Wachs circulated and helped students one-on-one.
  • Week 19: Students worked through the week on the two I.B. TOK assessments (the essay and the presentation). Mr. Wachs circulated and helped students one-on-one.

Assessments:

  1. Email Mr. Wachs so he has your email on record
  2. Participating in the various activities for our “Arts” unit
  3. TOK Essay – Phase 1 (emailing Mr. Wachs your choice of I.B. TOK essay topic from the prescribed list)
  4. Participating in the activities for “Ethics” part 1
  5. Participating in the various activities for our “Human Sciences” unit
  6. Participating in the activities for “Ethics” part 2
  7. Participating in the various activities for our “History” unit
  8. TOK Essay – Phase 2 (completing the planning document, or a rough draft)
  9. Participating in the activities for “Ethics” part 3
  10. Participating in the various activities for our “Natural Sciences” unit
  11. TOK Essay – Phase 3 (completing the planning document, or a rough draft)
  12. Participating in the activities for “Ethics” part 4
  13. Participating in the various activities for our “Mathematics” unit
  14. I.B. T.O.K. – Final Essay (I.B. internal assessment)
  15. I.B. T.O.K. – Final Presentation (I.B. internal assessment)

2016-2017: TOK42SIB – Semester 1 Events:

  • Week 1: I introduced the course and went over the course outline
  • Week 2: We met three times and went over some basics of the I.B. TOK Assessment, then moved on to Area of Knowledge – The Arts: Parts 1 along with a sorting activity (art vs. non-art), a mask activity, and a poem/song activity
  • Week 3: We met twice and looked at Area of Knowledge – The Arts: Parts 3 and 4 with lectures and a shape activity that judged art
  • Week 4: We met three times and completed our unit on the arts with a presentation on part 5. We also did our first ethics presentation and activity (make your own baby)
  • Week 5: We met twice this week, the first time a lot of the class had another commitment, but we finished looking at part 1 of ethics. We also took a more detailed look at the I.B. assessments and Mr. Wachs passed out an assessment guide.
  • Week 6: We only met once this week due to an I.B. exam meeting. We started our next unit (Human Sciences) by looking at The Milgram experiment (1961)”
  • Week 7: We met twice this week, and continued our look at Human Sciences as an area of knowledge with presentations and discussions on parts 1 and 2
  • Week 8: We met twice this week, and continued our look at Human Sciences as an area of knowledge with presentations, activities, and a discussion of the I.B. final assessments
  • Week 9: We met three times this week and completed the Human Sciences unit with presentations, looked at Ethics part 2, and had a class discussion around current I.B. assessments, schedule, and work loads.
  • Week 10: A short, three day week, we only met once this week. We completed the Human Sciences unit and the Ethics part 2 presentation.
  • Week 11: We met twice this week and started our History unit with an activity on ranking historical events, had our first history presentation, and did an activity deciding on what is Canada’s most historically significant event
  • Week 12: We met twice this week and continued our look at the History unit with presentations and some students presented their own personal histories
  • Week 13: We met twice this week and completed our look at the History unit with presentations and then looked at the next section of Ethics
  • Week 14: We met three times this week and started our look at Natural Sciences with activities ranking and examining what is scientifically testable, defending a Martian hypothesis, and categorizing the universe
  • Week 15: We met twice this week and looked at part 4 of Ethics. We then met and discussed the I.B. internal assessments (I.A.) for T.O.K.. This was to answer any questions students might have before the winter break, if they wish to work on those assessments.
  • Week 16: The week before the winter break, we met once (Mr. Wachs was away one day) and started our look at Mathematics as an area of knowledge
  • Week 17: We met three times this week. Through a class discussion, students decided to use the remained of the class time this semester to completing and presenting their TOK internal assessments (I.A.) the presentations and essays. The class spent the week working on those IAs.
  • Week 18: We met twice this week, and students worked on their TOK internal assessments (I.A.) the presentations and essays. As well, we started our TOK presentation this week.
  • Week 19: We met twice this week, and students worked on their TOK internal assessments (I.A.) the presentations and essays. We also continued our TOK presentations this week.Students will be coming in one day over the exam week to complete all the presentations.

Assessments:

  1. Email Mr. Wachs so he has your email on record
  2. Participating in the various activities for our “Arts” unit, including:
    1. Classifying a list of items as “art” or “non-art” (in-class participation expected)
    2. Creating a paper mask that reflects an emotion and having a class discussion – see photo
    3. 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
    4. Students created a piece of art from a sheet of shapes, then we had an art gallery and students ranked the anonymous art – see examples
  3. Participating in the activities for “Ethics” part 1 and working on “The Ethical Baby” activity – see examples
  4. Participating in the various activities for our “Human Sciences” unit, including:
    1. Watching and discussing The Milgram experiment (1961)”
    2. Doing the “Mr. Wachs personality quiz”
    3. Group activity, ranking items in terms of how easy they are to measure
  5. Participating in the activities for “Ethics” part 2 and working on “Classifying ethical dilemmas” activity
  6. Participating in the various activities for our “History” unit, including:
    1. Ranking several historical event from most to least significant
    2. Deciding on a new festival for Canada by choosing Canada’s most significant historical event
    3. Presenting a personal history of your life (so far)
  7. Participating in the activities for “Ethics” part 3, working on “ranking and justifying accepted rule breaking” activity, and watching a Harvard university ethics video
  8. Participating in the various activities for our “Natural Sciences” unit, including:
    1. Ranking and examining what is and is not scientifically testable
    2. Having a hypothetical situation where you are a Martian scientist defending a hypothesis
    3. Categorizing the universe into 4 distinct categories
  9. Participating in the activities for “Ethics” part 4, including a skit activity examining situational ethics
  10. Participating in the various activities for our “Mathematics” unit, including:
    1. Looking at a geometrical image in three different ways
    2. Connecting dots, creating regions and discussing whether or not Mathematics was invented or discovered
  11. I.B. T.O.K. – Final Essay (I.B. internal assessment)
  12. I.B. T.O.K. – Final Presentation (I.B. internal assessment)

 

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