TOK Links For Student-Led Lessons

You can find most of them here.

However, for some weird reason, not quite all of the “tags” are visible at that link. Here are direct links to the WOK and AOK resources not listed in the above link:

Logic and Reason (They’re separate, but all related. I think I first started using the logic tag and later switched to reason)

Knowledge

Indigenous Knowledge Systems

Imagination

Intuition (though most are still in the Emotion category)

Human Sciences

Revised TOK Schedule 2014/15

REVISED TOK SCHEDULE – 2014-15:

 

NOVEMBER:

  • Emotions, p. 145-169 (homework due Nov.10th)
  • Imagination, Faith, Intuition & Memory (no homework)
  • Final Ways Of Knowing Project

 

DECEMBER:

  • Math p. 187-213 (homework due December 1st)
  • The Arts p.328- 356 (homework due December 8th)
  • History p. 300-322 (homework due December 15th)

JANUARY

  • Ethics p. 363-396 (homework due January 5th)
  • Natural Sciences p. 220-250 (homework due January 12th)
  • Human Sciences p. 256-288 (homework due January 19th)
  • Religious Knowledge Systems p. 403- 431 (homework due January 26th)
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems (no homework)

FEBRUARY

  • TOK Presentation Planning – Decide on topic and group by February 9th. Assuming we can get access to the computer lab or laptops, you will have four class periods each week to work on it for four weeks. Your written plan will be due on February 13th.
  • Computer Labs starting February 15th – April 1st

 

TOK Class Schedule 2014/15

Theory Of Knowledge Schedule 2014-15

Mr. Ferlazzo’s Email Address: mrferlazzo@aol.com

Homework:

You must have a binder that is kept up to date and divided into the different Ways of Knowing and Areas of Knowledge.  You should keep separate “Warm-Up” sheets for each of them, too.   I will periodically check binders.

Read assigned chapters.  For each one, write what you think are the three most important points and why you think they are important (two sentences for each one is sufficient), two short key quotes and at least a sentence explaining why you chose each one, and two questions you have.  In addition, you must choose one “linking question” at the end of each chapter and write an “ABC” paragraph responding to it.  “A” means answer the question; “B” means back it up with at least one piece of evidence from the chapter; “C” means make a comment/connection — share an informed opinion based on what you learned from the chapter and connect it to something else you know from something you read or experienced.  Homework will be shared in class.  Most of this will be done between September and January, and then the focus during the second semester will be the group presentation and essay.

Occasional assignments on TOK Class Blog (http://theoryofknowledge.edublogs.org/)

Group TOK Presentation – It will be videotaped. Substantial time in class will be provided to prepare, but outside time will also be needed.  Your grade on this group presentation will be one of the two primary components of your official grade from IB.  You may make two group presentations on two different topics .  The one with the higher grade will count.

TOK Essay – At least one essay where substantial time in class will be provided (assuming we can get access to computer lab), but outside time will also be needed.

If you are an IB Diploma candidate or are seeking an IB TOK Certificate, you will also have to write a TOK essay in the fall of 2015 during your senior year that will be submitted to IB and will comprise the second component of your official IB grade (the Group Presentation will be the other portion).

This schedule is subject to change in consultation with the class.

SEPTEMBER:

  • Introduction to TOK
  • The Problem and Nature Of Knowledge, p. 3-40 — two chapters (homework due 9/15)
  • CAS Plan developed
  • Knowledge Issues
  • Allegory of the Cave
  • Perception p. 88 -105 (homework due 9/22) – also, do the assignment on the blog titled “Why Do People Believe What They See?” by the same date.

 

OCTOBER

  • Language p. 47-79 (homework due October 6th)
  • Reason and Logic  p. 111-141 (homework due Oct. 13th)
  • Emotions p. 145-169 (homework due Oct. 20th)
  • Imagination, Faith, Intuition & Memory (no homework)

 

NOVEMBER:

  • Math p. 187-213 (homework due November 3rd)
  • The Arts p.328- 356 (homework due Nov. 10th)
  • CAS Review
  • History p. 300-322 (homework due Nov. 17th)

 

DECEMBER:

  • Ethics p. 363-396 (homework due Dec. 8th)
  • Natural Sciences p. 220-250 (homework due December 15th)

 

 

JANUARY:

  • Human Sciences p. 256-288 (homework due January 12th)
  • Religious Knowledge Systems p. 403- 431 (homework due January 19th)
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems (no homework)
  • TOK Presentation Planning – Decide on topic and group by January 26th. Assuming we can get access to the computer lab or laptops, you will have four class periods each week to work on it for four weeks. Your written plan will be due on February 10th.

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FEBRUARY

  • You will make your presentation in early March.  Presentations will be video-recorded
  • CAS Review
  • The class will decide if it wants to move immediately into preparation for the second Presentation or if it wants to spend the first two weeks of March “teaching lessons.”

For teaching lessons, small groups will pick from a wide choice of materials for each Way of Knowing and Area of Knowledge.  Each week, groups will prepare short lessons on the material they chose to present to a small group.  You will be provided a guideline, and creativity will be encouraged.  You will have one class period to chose and  prepare; there will be one-to-two class periods to present.

 

MARCH/APRIL:

  • First two weeks of student-created lessons or immediately begin preparing second presentations.
  • Begin work on TOK Essay in late April

 

 

MAY:

  • Work on Essay
  • Essay due on June 8th

May/June 2014 Schedule

Schedule – Last Month Of TOK

May 16th & Week of May 19th

Go through steps in TOK class blog about writing an essay

Review Instagram Assignment

 

Week of May 26th

Research and prepare outline

San Francisco Field Trip – on the day of the field trip and the next day, class will be watching a movie

Essay Outlines For Seniors are due on Wednesday, May 28th

Seniors going on the field trip will NOT have to do the photo assignment

 

Week of June 2nd

Essay Outline due on Monday,  June 2nd for All Juniors – No Exceptions!

Essays by Seniors due on Wednesday, June 4th

Instagram assignment due on Wednesday, June 4th from Seniors

 

Week of June 9th

I believe that our final will be on Wednesday.   You will have the first hour to work on your essay and/or your Instagrams or, if you went on the field trip, your slideshow.  All are due one hour after the start of class.

We will show the Instagrams and field trip slideshow during the last hour of the two-hour final.

Revised TOK Schedule — 2014

REVISED TOK SCHEDULE — 2014

JANUARY:

• History p. 300-322 (homework due January 6th)
• Ethics p. 363-396 (homework due January 13th)
• Semester Final Exam — Essay

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FEBRUARY
• Natural Sciences p. 220-250 (homework due February 3rd)
• Human Sciences p. 256-288 (homework due February 11th)
• Religious Knowledge Systems p. 403- 431 (homework due February 18th)
• Indigenous Knowledge Systems (no homework)
• TOK Presentation Planning – Decide on topic and group by February 24th. Assuming we can get access to the computer lab or laptops, you will have four class periods each week to work on it for three weeks. Your written plan will be due on March 5th.
MARCH

• You will make your presentation in late-March. Presentations will be video-recorded
• CAS Review
APRIL
• Everyone will spend one week “teaching lessons” & then groups will decide if they want to make a second presentation (which will be done in late April).

For teaching lessons, small groups will pick from a wide choice of materials for each Way of Knowing and Area of Knowledge. Each week, groups will prepare short lessons on the material they chose to present to a small group. You will be provided a guideline, and creativity will be encouraged. You will have one class period to chose and prepare; there will be one-to-two class periods to present.

MAY:
• Work on TOK Essay, which will be due on June 6th
• One or two weeks “teaching lessons”

Putting Yourself In Someone Else’s Shoes

Explore the different videos and sites at The Best Sites For Walking In Someone Else’s Shoes.

After thirty minutes of exploring the different sites, please answer the following questions:

* Which site or video there do you think provided you with the most accurate experience of “walking in someone else’s shoes”? Please provide the reasons behind your choice.

* How close do you think we can come to truly experiencing what someone else experiences? Please provide a percentage — 10, 20, 30, etc. percent, and provide the reasons for your answer.

* What are the benefits — if any — to trying to put yourself in someone else’s shoes?

If you can, please try to use TOK language, particularly what we’ve learned about the Ways of Knowing (language, reason, emotion, perception, memory, imagination,faith, intuition) in your responses.

Theory Of Knowledge Schedule 2013-14

Theory Of Knowledge Schedule 2013-14

Mr. Ferlazzo’s Email Address: mrferlazzo@aol.com

Homework:

You must have a binder that is kept up to date and divided into the different Ways of Knowing and Areas of Knowledge.  You should keep separate “Warm-Up” sheets for each of them, too.   I will periodically check binders.

Read assigned chapters.  For each one, write what you think are the three most important points and why you think they are important (two sentences for each one is sufficient), two short key quotes and at least a sentence explaining why you chose each one, and two questions you have.  In addition, you must choose one “linking question” at the end of each chapter and write an “ABC” paragraph responding to it.  “A” means answer the question; “B” means back it up with at least one piece of evidence from the chapter; “C” means make a comment/connection — share an informed opinion based on what you learned from the chapter and connect it to something else you know from something you read or experienced.  Homework will be shared in class.  Most of this will be done in January, and then the focus during the second semester will be the group presentation and essay.

Occasional assignments on TOK Class Blog (http://theoryofknowledge.edublogs.org/)

Group TOK Presentation – It will be videotaped. Substantial time in class will be provided to prepare, but outside time will also be needed.  Your grade on this group presentation will be one of the two components of your official grade from IB.  You will make two group presentations on two different topics .  The one with the higher grade will count.

TOK Essay – At least one essay where substantial time in class will be provided (assuming we can get access to computer lab), but outside time will also be needed.

If you are an IB Diploma candidate or are seeking an IB TOK Certificate, you will also have to write a TOK essay in the fall of 2014 during your senior year that will be submitted to IB and will comprise the second component of your official IB grade (the Group Presentation will be the other portion).

This schedule is subject to change in consultation with the class.

SEPTEMBER:

  • Introduction to TOK
  • The Problem and Nature Of Knowledge, p. 3-40 — two chapters (homework due 9/16)
  • CAS Plan developed
  • Knowledge Issues
  • Allegory of the Cave
  • Perception p. 88 -105 (homework due 9/23) – also, do the assignment on the blog titled “Why Do People Believe What They See?” by the same date.

 

OCTOBER

  • Language p. 47-79 (homework due October 7th)
  • Reason and Logic  p. 111-141 (homework due Oct. 14th)
  • Emotions p. 145-169 (homework due Oct. 21th)
  • Imagination, Faith, Intuition & Memory (no homework)

 

NOVEMBER:

  • Math p. 187-213 (homework due November 4th)
  • The Arts p.328- 356 (homework due Nov. 11th)
  • CAS Review
  • History p. 300-322 (homework due Nov. 18th)

 

DECEMBER:

  • Ethics p. 363-396 (homework due Dec. 9th)
  • Natural Sciences p. 220-250 (homework due December 16th)

 

JANUARY:

  • Human Sciences p. 256-288 (homework due January 6th)
  • Religious Knowledge Systems p. 403- 431 (homework due January 13th)
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems (no homework)
  • TOK Presentation Planning – Decide on topic and group by January 24th. Assuming we can get access to the computer lab or laptops, you will have four class periods each week to work on it for four weeks. Your written plan will be due on February 10th.

.

FEBRUARY

  • You will make your presentation in late-February.  Presentations will be video-recorded
  • CAS Review
  • The class will decide if it wants to move immediately into preparation for the second Presentation or if it wants to spend the first two weeks of March “teaching lessons.”

For teaching lessons, small groups will pick from a wide choice of materials for each Way of Knowing and Area of Knowledge.  Each week, groups will prepare short lessons on the material they chose to present to a small group.  You will be provided a guideline, and creativity will be encouraged.  You will have one class period to chose and  prepare; there will be one-to-two class periods to present.

 

MARCH/APRIL:

  • First two weeks of student-created lessons or immediately begin preparing second presentations.
  • Begin work on TOK Essay in late April

 

MAY:

  • Work on Essay
  • Essay due on June 9th

 

San Francisco Field Trip Assignment

A group of space aliens have arrived during our San Francisco field trip. They do not understand English and, in fact, do not appear to have anything like a language.

Your job is to prepare a slideshow showing how you are explaining to them each of the four Ways Of Knowing (emotion, reason, language, perception) and each of the Areas of Knowledge (math, arts, history, ethics, physical science, human sciences). You can not use any written or spoken language. You must take images, and explain briefly in text each image and how it is showing them what each WOK and each AOK is.

For example, you could show history by taking a photo of a brand new building, then one of a medium-aged building, and then one of a very old one.

Try to incorporate San Francisco landmarks.

Here’s an example:

SAN FRANCISCO

More PowerPoint presentations from Sabreena

Instructions For Day When Mr. Ferlazzo Is Not Here

TOK Blog Instructions

IMPORTANT CHANGE: Go to this post on Knowledge issues and follow the instructions.

2) First, click on “perception” under categories and do the homework if you haven’t done so already.

3) Look through the following sections on the blog’s sidebar. Write down between five and ten things you find interesting, and explain why you think it’s interesting. Please write them down on a piece of paper:

“What is TOK?”

“Perception”

“Language”

“Knowledge”

“CAS”

“Reason”

“Emotion”

Anything else that looks interesting

Old blog posts

TOK Class Schedule 2012-13

Theory Of Knowledge Schedule 2011-12

Homework:

Read assigned chapters. For each one, write what you think are the three most important points and why you think they are important (two sentences for each one is sufficient), two short key quotes and at least a sentence explaining why you chose each one, and two questions you have. In addition, you must choose one “linking question” at the end of each chapter and write an “ABC” paragraph responding to it. “A” means answer the question; “B” means back it up with at least one piece of evidence from the chapter; “C” means make a connection — share a personal experience that supports your answer. Homework will be shared in class. Most of this will be done by January. After that time, “homework” will be primarily preparation for TOK Presentation & Essay. However, substantial class time will be made available for you to work on the presentation and essay.

Occasional assignments on TOK Class Blog

Group TOK Presentation – give it twice with the higher-grade counting. Each will be videotaped. Substantial time in class will be provided to prepare, but outside time will also be needed.

TOK Essay – At least one essay where substantial time in class will be provided (assuming we can get access to computer lab), but outside time will also be needed.

This schedule is subject to change in consultation with the class.

SEPTEMBER:

• Introduction to TOK
• The Problem and Nature Of Knowledge, p. 3-40 (homework due 9/14)
• CAS Plan developed
• Knowledge Issues
• Perception p. 88 -105 (homework due 9/21) – also, do the assignment on the blog titled “Why Do People Believe What They See?” by the same date.
• Language p. 47-79 (homework due September 28th)

OCTOBER

• Reason and Logic p. 111-141 (homework due Oct. 5th)
• Emotions p. 145-169 (homework due Oct. 12th)
• Math p. 187-213 (homework due Oct. 19th)
• The Arts p.328- 356 (homework due Oct. 26th)

NOVEMBER:

• CAS Review
• History p. 300-322 (homework due Nov. 9th)
• Ethics p. 363-396 (homework due Nov 16th)

DECEMBER:

• Natural Sciences p. 220-250 (homework due November 30th)
• Human Sciences p. 256-288 (homework due December 7th)
• TOK Presentation Planning – Decide on topic and group by December 14th. Assuming we can get access to the computer lab, you will one class period each week to work on it, plus two periods immediately prior to when presentations begin – a total of eight class periods. Your written plan will be due on January 18th , but I strongly recommend that you review a draft with me prior to December 20th – if not sooner.

You will make this presentation in late January and early February next semester, and then again shortly afterwards. The one with the higher grade will count. Presentations will be video-recorded.

JANUARY:

• Starting this month and going until the end of the school year, small groups will pick from a wide choice of materials for each Way of Knowing and Area of Knowledge. Each week, groups will prepare short lessons on the material they chose to present to the class – either to another small group or to the entire class. You will be provided a guideline, and creativity will be encouraged. You will have one class period to chose and prepare; there will be one-to-two class periods to present; and the remaining days each week will be spent on your TOK presentation or essay.
• Student-created lessons on perception during the week of January 6th
• Student-created lessons on language during the week of January 13th
• Prepare TOK Presentations
• Written TOK Presentation Plan due January 18th
• Draft PowerPoint for presentation due on January 25th
• Final written Presentation Plan and PowerPoint due on February 1st
• CAS Review

FEBRUARY:

• “Guinea Pig” oral presentations give & publicly critiqued by teacher and class on Wednesday, February 6th
• Groups make changes based on critique on Feb. 7th and 8th
• TOK Presentations start on Feb. 11th and done throughout the week
• Groups revise their presentations during the rest of the month
• Student-created lessons on Reason and Logic during the week of February 13th
• Student -created lessons on Emotions during the week of February 20th

MARCH:

• Second presentations begin Monday, March 4th
• Class celebration!
• TOK Essay Planning beginning March 12th. You must pick a prompt for your essay by March 16th
• Student-created lessons Math during the third week of March. Work on essay.
• Student-created lessons on The Arts during the fourth week of March. Work on essay

APRIL:

• Essay Outline due on March 29th. Draft is due April 19th. Second draft is due May 10th. Final is due June 7th.
• Student-created lessons on History during the third week of April
• Student-created lessons on Ethics during the fourth week of April
• CAS Review

MAY:

• Student-created lessons on Natural Sciences during the first week of May
• Student-created lessons on Physical Sciences during second week of May
• Plato & Cave Unit
• Final essay due on June 7th

Videos Of Allegory of the Cave

Animated Allegory of the Cave

Allegory of the Cave Claymation


cartoon
Ignorance Is Bliss

Red Pill or Blue Pill?

Neo Wakes Up video


Shadows of Life cartoon

TED-Ed Lesson

Here are some modern interpretations of the Allegory:

Allegory of the Cave (Modern Day)

Modern Allegory Of The Cave

Allegory of the Cave – Charmander A52

Allegory of the Cave

What is the probability that you are dreaming right now?

The Reality Of Reality May Not Be Reality

Are we living in a computer simulation cartoon

Here’s a video from a group in our class:

The Truman Show:

Shadow Puppets

Is the Universe A Simulation?

Is Freedom Just An Illusion? Maybe We Don’t Want To Know

 

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