ToK 12

Week of February 19

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • Debate prep time

 

Thursday
  • Art and ethics debate

Read and annotate - "The Fog of History Wars" - Due Tuesday, December 7

Week of November 15

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday

 

Thursday
  • Lecture/Discussion - "ethics and art"
  • Debate prep for end of unit debate

 

Week of November 8

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday

Choose and answer 5 of the Maya Lin discussion questions - Due Tuesday, November 16

Thursday
  • No School - Veteran's day - Did you know that "Since 2001, between 1.9 and 3 million service members have served in post-9/11 war operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and over half of them have deployed more than once. Many times that number of Americans have borne the costs of war as spouses, parents, children, and friends cope with their loved ones’ absence, mourn their deaths, or greet the changed person who often returns."
  • Take some time this weekend to think about the weight that has been borne by our soldiers and their families on our behalf. If they can bear this burden, we can all bear the much simpler burdens of good citizenship - work hard, do well in school, be informed, vote . . . care. Have a great weekend.

Source: Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs, Brown University

 

Week of November 1

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • With your groups complete discussion of additional exhibits listed here. Discuss with your group and complete the questions at the end of the exhibit list for each exhibit considered.

Identify a work of art that was not on our list but which you believe contributes to our knowledge about a difficult event (this could be historical or contemporary). Describe the event and the work of art that helps us to understand it, then analyze the work using the questions for the in class activity. Due Thursday to Teams.

Thursday
  • Small group activity grading change
  • Whole class discussion of the following proposition: The arts are essential to understanding the qualitative dimension of the human experience in ways that history, the human sciences, math and the natural sciences are not. Discussion should be guided, in part, by examples drawn from the activity done in class over the last two days and the example you generated as homework. You may argue either side of this proposition. Quote points will be awarded for quotes and specific detailed reference to a work of art examined in class or from HW.

Read (don't annotate) this description of the Vietnam War - Due Tuesday, November 9;

Supplemental reading - I read this today and thought it was quite thoughtfully relevant to our current PE topic. There is nothing you need to do with this, but It might help stir some ideas regarding the PE

Week of October 25

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • Migrating to Teams
  • Lecture/Discussion - Finish Aesthetic theories - institutionalism
  • Discussion Thursday's homework - Use the works of art we examined in the introductory activity to examine the three strengths and weaknesses of the seven approaches to aesthetics we examined over the previous class sessions.
  • PE Check in and question brainstorm for panel discussion

Read and annotate Salcedo - due Thursday in Teams;

PE Draft: 11:59 PM Wednesday, November 10

Thursday
  • Investigation of Salcedo's idea - Art, politics, tragedy and reconciliation
  • With your Group Choose one of the exhibits listed here. Discuss with your group and complete the questions by the end of the period. If you can complete more than one - great, if not have a good, in-depth discussion!

PE Draft: 11:59 PM Wednesday, November 10

Week of October 18

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • Debrief Greenberg discussion
  • Lecture discussion - Aesthetic theories

Complete aesthetic theories notes template - Due in hard copy - Thursday

Thursday
  • Discussion of Aesthetic theories

Use the works of art we examined in the introductory activity to examine the three strengths and weaknesses of the seven approaches to aesthetics we examined over the last two days - Due Monday in Teams

Week of October 11

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • Debrief "What is good art? discussion"
  • Small group discussion of Tolstoy and Picasso

Read and annotate Greenberg - due Thursday in Canvas

Thursday
  • Small group discussion of Greenberg

 

Week of October 4

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday

Read and annotate Tolstoy - Due Thursday, October 7 to Canvas

Thursday
  • Socratic discussion - Art
    • What makes good art?
    • What is and is not art?
    • Who determines the answers to the above two questions?

Read and annotate Tolstoy - Due Thursday, October 7 to Canvas;

Read and annotate Picasso - due Tuesday, October 12 to Canvas

Week of September 27

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday

 

Thursday

Read and annotate Tolstoy - Due Thursday, October 7 to Canvas

Week of September 20

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • Journal instructions
  • Journal: What are your "best practices" for determining the credibility of information on the internet? Share five rules that you have learned over the years. For those in psychology, don't share out your responses
  • Lecture/Discussion - "The crisis of information literacy"

 

Thursday
  • Info Lit 2 - "Methods for effective internet research: SIFT"
  • Assess the claim made in the email reproduced on the last slide in the InfoLit presentation using the tools we have discussed today. Your assessment should describe exactly how you investigate the claim, and should contain urls and descriptions of each site you use.

Claim assessment - due Tuesday in Canvas

Week of September 13

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • Discussion - Approaches to the Fall PE (groups report out and general guidance)
  • How can Mr. Fishburn and Mr. Haydock best help you with this topic?

 

Thursday

 

Week of September 6

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday

 

Thursday
  • Group Activity - Unpacking the PE title
  • We will all write on topic three for the first semester paper:

    "Is there solid justification for regarding knowledge in the natural sciences more highly than knowledge in another area of knowledge? Discuss with reference to the natural sciences and one
    other
    area of knowledge."

  • This activity should be generated by ideas that come from your group. For now, avoid the internet.
  • In your groups create a shared word document that all members of your group can access. The analyze the topic in the following ways:
      1. What words in the PT need to be defined? List these words and then agree to contextual definitions (ie - not dictionary definitions) for each one. In your explanation, explain what each word demands from someone writing on this topic.
      2. Brainstorm possible examples (at least three) that could be used to answer this question in the affirmative. Briefly explain each example.
      3. Brainstorm possible examples (at least three) that could be used to answer this question in the negative. Briefly explain each example.
      4. Think of the teachers you have or have had at THS. What questions would you pose to them regarding this topic? Your group should pose at least five questions. You may direct your questions to specific teachers if you choose.

Group Activity due Monday in this Canvas inbox

Week of August 30

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • Henrietta Lacks Small group discussion
  • Thursday's debate format

Vaccine mandates - a ToK scientific ethics debate - due Tuesday

Resources:

Ethical Considerations for a COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate - from the Society for Critical Care Medicine

Vaccine Mandates are Lawful, Effective and Based on Rock-Solid Science from Scientific American

University Vaccine Mandates Violate Medical Ethics - from the Wall Street Journal

Instead of an annotation, prepare a basic argument outline (discussed in class) for your assigned position. Please also write three questions you would pose to the opposing side. - Due Thursday

Thursday
  • Debate - Are vaccine mandates ethical?

 

Week of August 23

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • Key ToK concepts report out
  • Lecture/Discussion - "Overview of approaches to ethics"

Read and annotate Lacks article - Submit via Canvas by Thursday

Thursday
  • Discuss Tuesday assignment (Basic argument outline)
  • Finish ToK key terms presentations
  • Whole group group discussion of Lacks article (comparing ethical approaches)

Vaccine mandates - a ToK scientific ethics debate - due Thursday

Resources:

Ethical Considerations for a COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate - from the Society for Critical Care Medicine

Vaccine Mandates are Lawful, Effective and Based on Rock-Solid Science from Scientific American

University Vaccine Mandates Violate Medical Ethics - from the Wall Street Journal

Instead of an annotation, prepare a basic argument outline (discussed in class) for your assigned position. Please also write three questions you would pose to the opposing side.

 

Week of August 16

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday

 

Thursday
  • Small group instructions
  • Finish small group discussion and discuss key ToK Concepts
  • Key points in the syllabus

 

Week of August 9

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • Welcome!
  • Seating
  • The new "new normal"
  • Mr. Haydock and Mr. Fish burn in a bag
  • Syllabus

Read and annotate - "Humans have pushed the climate into ‘unprecedented’ territory, landmark U.N. report finds" - Due Tuesday, August 17

Thursday
  • Find and sit with the others who share your number ( I will number you when class starts)
  • Canvas introduction and registration
  • Small group activity - Key ToK concepts (knowledge questions, evidence, certainty, truth, interpretation, power, justification, explanation, objectivity, perspective, culture, values and responsibility).

Read and annotate - "Humans have pushed the climate into ‘unprecedented’ territory, landmark U.N. report finds" - Due Tuesday, August 17- Think about the following questions:

1. What ethical obligations does knowledge impose on us?

2. What are the ethical obligations for scientists regarding this knowledge?

3. What should be the relationship between scientific knowledge and ethics?

Due Tuesday, August 17