ToK 12

Week of September 20

Date Agenda Homework
Tuesday
  • Infolit 1

 

Thursday
  • Info Lit 2
  • Source credibility assignment

 

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