The month of November was our shortest month in the school year thus far with a total of 16 school days, 11 prior to the Thanksgiving Break and 5 more following the week-long hiatus. Important achievements during this month:
What students should expect in December:
>Writing workshop activities and whole-group conversations about the ToK Essay
>Several consecutive days of independent writing time
>Structured peer review opportunities
>EA Official ToK Essay is due no later than December 13 (Managebac and Turnitin)
>ToK Final Exam on Monday and Tuesday December 17-18. Details about the exam are forthcoming - students will have all information about the exam at least 1 week prior to testing. The final exam is worth 20% of the student's final grade in the course.
The month of October was unique as students managed simultaneously two key independent assignments: the Unit 2 Religion Practice Essay (course test grade) and the ToK Presentation (IB IA grade and course test grade).
Key concepts and work achieved in this month:
What students should expect in November and December:
>Continued thorough study of Unit 3: Art as an Area of Knowledge
>Frequent and varied opportunities to think, write and speak critically about art
>Writing Workshops upon return from Thanksgiving Break
>Independent Writing time in early December
> EA Official ToK Essay is due no later than December 13
The month of September flew by quickly in our ToK class! The month started out with an abbreviated week due to Labor Day and then was quickly wrapped up as Homecoming Week, the first week of October, seemed to speed upon on us. We are just a few days shy of reaching the half-way point for this course. During the month of September we embarked on an in-depth exploration of Religion as one of the International Baccalaureate's Areas of Knowledge. Key learning concepts included:
What students should expect in October:
>Independent Work time to complete Unit 2 Essay (practice ToK Essay)
>Independent Work time to complete preparations for ToK Presentations
>Several consecutive class days of ToK Presentations by students, as required by IB
>All ToK Presentations will be completed and submitted no later than November 1st
>Beginning of Unit 3: Art as an Area of Knowledge
The month of August proved to be an exciting start to our semester in 12th grade Theory of Knowledge. The goal of the month was to access prior knowledge and again unlock critical thinking as we pursue knowledge and truths. Several classroom activities from this month revisited concepts from last year as well as touched on recurring themes inside the ToK frameworks. We endeavored to make many old concepts more concrete in order to promote more streamlined communication, in both writing and speaking, as Knowers in the IB program. Key takeaways from the month include:
Congratulations on a wonderful start of the 2018-2019 school year! We have enjoyed our first three days of our semester together. Below are two important documents that were distributed this week in class. Please make sure to read thoroughly and keep them for future reference. Also be sure to return the signed contact form so that I have the most current contact information!
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Adapted from the IBO's Learner Profile, our Classroom Mission Statement is this:
"In this classroom we are reflective and caring. We are open-minded inquirers, knowledgeable communicators, balanced thinkers, and principled risk-takers."