ToK 12

Week of November 11

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday

Read and annotate Kuhn - Due - Tuesday, November 19;

PE 1 draft due - Thursday

Thursday
  • Peer evaluation of Fall PE

Read and annotate Kuhn - Due - Tuesday, November 19;

Week of November 4

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • In your groups, average your rubric scores and then list the two most significant strengths and the two most significant weaknesses of the paper. 1 paper per table.
  • Finish small group discussion on reproducibility crisis

Read and annotate Bear Drone article - Due Thursday, November 7 - EQ: Is is possible to eliminate the observer effect entirely?;

Fall PE draft - due Thursday, November 14

Thursday
  • Room SNAFU

Fall PE draft - due Thursday, November 14

Week of October 28

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • In small groups - 1. What role does mathematics play in the generation of scientific knowledge? 2. What is the central argument of the author? 3. What correctives are suggested by the author?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Problems of science, pt. 2, mathematical (un)certainty

Read and annotate Reproducibility crisis article

- Due Thursday - EQ: Why are the natural sciences experiencing a problem with reproducibility?

Thursday
  • Haydock PE and thoughts on the process.
  • Small group discussion - The reproducibility crisis in the natural sciences

Read and annotate Bear Drone article - Due Thursday, November 7 - EQ: Is is possible to eliminate the observer effect entirely?;

Haydock PE critique using IB ToK rubric found on page 62 of the IB 62 of the IB ToK Guide Due Monday, November 4

 

Week of October 22

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • Lecture/Discussion and small group discussion of climate change article, pt. 1

 

Thursday
  • Lecture/Discussion and small group discussion of climate change article, pt. 2

Read and annotate Bayesian statistics article - EQ - How does math make science possible? How does math address the problem of induction? - Due Tuesday, October 29

Week of October 14

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • Small group discussion of Baggott article

 

Thursday
  • Small group discussion of Baggott article (finish)

Read and Annotate  NASA climate change article  - EQ: What is the argument being made by the author about how scientific findings need to be presented to the public to maximize their acceptance?

Week of October 7

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday

 

Thursday
  • MOMA Presentations

 

Read and annotate the Baggott article on the demarcation problem - EQ- Is the multiple universe theory proposed by theoretical physics pseudo science?

 

Week of September 30

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday

 

Thursday
  • Announcements - MOMA assignments, End of Quarter stuff Impeachment resources page
  • Journal - How does science create knowledge? Describe, using your experience as a student at THS.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Introduction to natural science as a Area of Knowledge: the scientific method and the problem of demarcation

Read and annotate "The Dangers of Pseudo Science" - EQ: Pseudo science might not lead to accurate knowledge, but why would it be dangerous?;

MOMA Group presentation - Due Thursday, October 11

Week of September 23

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • PAP presentations groups 6 and 9

 

Thursday
  • MoMA assignment
  • Discussion - Listen to the brief presentation on Stanislov Petrov and the incident of September 25, 1983. Class discussion: As the sciences have progressed, machines have proven to be better at many activities than humans. To what extent should critical human decisions be turned over to machines? Is human or machine error a greater threat to our well being?

 

Week of September 16

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • PAP presentations, groups 4-6

PAP presentations 7-9 Thursday

Thursday
  • PAP presentations, groups 7-9

MoMA permission slips due in the academy office by Tuesday, September 24

Week of September 9

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • PAP submissions - please send your group's project to me via email
  • Presentation preparation - order and timing and presentation guidelines
  • Finish unpacking Fall PE topics

PAP presentations - begin Thursday - Groups 1-3

Thursday
  • PAP presentations - Groups 1-2

PAP presentations -Tuesday - groups 3-6; Thursday - groups 7-9

Week of September 2

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday

Public Art Project assignment

PAP write up - due Tuesday, September 10;

PAP presentations - September, 12, 17, 19

Thursday

Complete the last questions on the PE unpacking template - due Tuesday

PAP write up - due Tuesday, September 10;

PAP presentations - September, 12, 17, 19

 

Week of August 26

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • Whole group discussion - Ethics and Art - The case of Leni Riefenstahl. In your journals, choose and write on one of the following questions:
    • Is Reifestahl's claim that her work is about form and not political legitimate?
    • Think about Capra's observations after watching Triumph of the Will. Do artists have an obligation to consider the impact of their work when engaging in the creative process?
    • Did Riefenstahl create a "weapon of mass destruction" with her portrayal of Hitler in TotW?
    • Can art be both Great and morally repugnant at the same time?
    • What other works or genres of art raise the same questions as TotW

For Thursday, with your group, please identify and send me a link to a good example of effective data visualization along the lines of the climate bars graph on my website's home page. Email links to dhaydock@tusd.net. We will discuss on Thursday.

Public art project proposals (PAP) - due Tuesday, September 3;

PAP write up - due Tuesday, September 10;

PAP presentations - September, 12, 17, 19

Thursday
  • Info Graphics sharing and discussion

Public art project proposals (PAP) - due Tuesday, September 3;

PAP write up - due Tuesday, September 10;

PAP presentations - September, 12, 17, 19

Week of August 19

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • ToK back to school night meets in A211 at 5:40 PM
  • Questions regarding public art project?
  • In your groups answer the following questions:
    • Have your read any dystopian books or watched any Dystopian novels? Share around what the group has experienced.
    • What is the knowledge value of dystopian art?
  • Whole class discussion - How does art generally and dystopian art specifically help or hinder the pursuit of knowledge with regard to how we deal with current social, political and economic problems?

Read and annotate tonality article - due Thursday - EQ: Is beauty universal or is it determined at the level of culture? Explain your answer using examples from beyond the article.

Thursday
  • Tonality/beauty across cultures small group discussion.

Read and annotate Riefenstahl article and watch the first 13:45 of Triumph of the Will - Tuesday

 

 

Week of August 13

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • Maya Lin Video
  • Maya Lin Small group discussion

 

Thursday
  • In your groups - which of the questions did you find the most interesting? Does/how does the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial contribute to collective shared knowledge in away that would not be possible for other AoKs?
  • Whole class discussion of Maya Lin video
  • Public art project

Read and annotate dystopian literature article - due Monday, August 19 - EQ:

Does art facilitate or hinder our ability to address pressing social, economic and political issues?

Week of August 6

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • ToK 12 meets in room A211 today
  • Welcome back!
  • Syllabus changes, annotation changes
  • Year overview
  • Why ToK/the ToK mindset

Read and annotate Starbird, incorporating the answer to the following questions into your annotation:

  1. Identify and explain in your own words the four misconceptions about disinformation described by Starbird in the article
  2. EQ: In paragraph 8, Starbird describes the aim of disinformation campaigns as "fostering doubt and destabilizing the common ground that democratic societies require." What is the common ground that democratic societies require? How do disinformation campaigns disrupt this common ground?
  3. How does this article connect to the ToK mindset?

 

Thursday
  • Starbird/ToK mindset Socratic discussion - (split class: east = A-L; west M-Z)
    • With a partner - discuss and make sure both parters understand the four misconceptions (5 minutes)
    • Socratic/whole group - Why, how and to what extent does what Starbird discusses threaten democracy? What can be done to counter this threat? How does this relate to ToK specifically and education generally?

Review slides 33-46 from the art presentation.(By Tuesday, be familiar with the different theories so they can be applied to the video we watch on Tuesday)