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Welcome to Theory of Knowledge!

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is central to the educational philosophy of the IB Organization. It challenges students and their teachers to reflect critically on diverse ways of thinking and to consider the role knowledge plays in a global society through the following Areas of Knowledge (AOKs):

Mathematics

Natural Sciences

Human Sciences

History

The Arts

Ethics

Religious Knowledge Systems

Indigenous Knowledge Systems

 

It challenges participants to study and question how the human Ways of Knowing (WOKs) enhance and impede “knowing”:

Language

Sense Perception

Emotion

Reason

Imagination

Faith

Intuition

Memory

 

 The most central question of TOK is: How do I know?

Aims

  • Develop an understanding of why critically examining knowledge claims is important.
  • Develop a critical capacity to evaluate beliefs and knowledge claims.
  • Make interdisciplinary connections, for example the connection between science and ethics
  • Develop a concern for rigor in formulating knowledge claims and intellectual writing.
  • Understand that knowledge brings responsibility which leads to commitment and action.

Course Requirement

Along with successfully completing daily readings, practice assessments, and other assignments, students are expected to:

  • Write one final TOK essay (maximum of 1600 words) on one of six 2016 Prescribed Titles.
  • Plan and present a Formal Presentation (maximum group size 3, 10 minutes per presenter for up to a maximum of 30 minutes).
  • Maintain a Theory of Knowledge Anthology (TOKA) throughout the course;
  • Participate in all classroom discussions, spars and activities.
  • Attend class regularly and on time.

Student Expectations

  • Come to class on time with brilliant ideas and contributions
  • Bring appropriate materials, including your TOKA and all assignments.
  • If absent, it is your responsibility to look up the assignments on Mrs. Ledman’s webpage which will be posted daily under course activities.
  • Check your school email regularly for important IB and TOK updates.
  • Submit work on time.
  • Electronic devices should be turned off and in a secure place which is not visible in the TOK classroom. The only exception is when such devices would be useful for a class activity.
  • Water bottles, paper cups of coffee, tea are allowed. Please, no aluminum cans or food.
  • Please do your part to keep the classroom neat and clean as this is a shared space.

Tardy Policy

Class starts when the bell rings. Be respectful of our class time together.

If you are late to class:

  1. Sign in, put your name on your pass (if you have one), and write a reason for your tardiness then quietly take your seat.
  2. Weekly tardy/absence notices will go home to parents.
  3. Repeat offenders will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the school discipline policy.

Electronics Policy

 Once class starts all electronic devices need to be in pocket or backpack; out of use. Be respectful of our class time together.

  1. If you are using the device during class then I will take it and keep it until the end of the school day.
  2. If it is the second offense I will give it to the office and you can retrieve it from there after school.
  3. On the third offense a parent must come in to retrieve your electronic device from the office.

Classroom Norms

  • Be fully present from start to finish
  • Honors others’ time
  • Maintain the highest aspects of academic integrity
  • Listen for understanding
  • Speak with respect and civility
  • Seek out different perspectives/experiences to inform your views

Grading

TOKA = 40%

Essay/presentation = 30%

Spar/group work/participation = 30%

Points are out of 10 for all graded assignments. Each assignment will have an assessment instrument that is used.

Contact Information: Lisa Ledman Lisa.Ledman@mpls.k12.mn.us or 612-668-3060