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Romo’s Weekly WIL for Theory of Knowledge (ToK)

You will have to take some time at the end of every week to write your Weekly WIL.

Basically, reflect on what you did and what you gained (if anything) from being in my class during the past week. Go through your notes and/or check the blog.  Then apply what you learned.

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You will develop a Knowledge Question every week to help you organize & process what we did.

My advice is to plan out a 5-paragraph essay including the following components:

  1. What Knowledge Claims were presented in class – explicitly or implicitly? Unpack a lesson, activity, reading, video, or even a conversation in class. Italicize your Knowledge Claim(s).
  2. Develop a Knowledge Question derived from such Knowledge Claims and explore it within the TOK world, analyzing it using TOK tools and sharing at least two different perspectives therein. Highlight your KQ.
  3. Apply your KQ to other Real Life Situation(s) outside of school - outcomes from your KQ analysis.
  4. How have you used TOK outside of class this past week?  How have you thought of or used it in other academic courses.  If you are a DUO, please do not reference IB Americas – I know how we use TOK!
  5. Conclusion - how might have you changed since your previous WIL?  What did you like and/or not like from the week? Also make a declaration of academic achievement – what is your LEARNER grade?

Your 5-point score will simply reflect the content of each paragraph - grammar and spelling do not count, but since you have to type it, I would hope you fix what comes up).

 

There is no RIGHT or WRONG and Weekly WILs will be scored using the following scale:

5 = All five components are addressed in an organized manner with relevant information presented and explored in class.

4 = Missing one of the five components, but is organized with relevant information.

3 = Missing two components or not organized with relevant information.

2 = Missing at least two components and not organized with relevant information.

1 = Only completed one component.

0 = No WIL was submitted on time.

It MUST BE TYPED and SUBMITTED VIA GOOGLE CLASSROOM

It is DUE FRIDAY, but I will accept them within a 2-day grace period. The absolutely LAST DAY to submit one is TUESDAY of the following week.

LATE WILs WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  These are in-the-moment reflections which cannot be replicated after too many days of inattention.

Plan ahead and do not procrastinate – that is part of the lesson objective.

Students with an excused absence must submit the Weekly WIL upon first day back.

This is not meant to be a burden.  500 words* = 1-2 pages MAX!  Try to have some fun with this.

Those who actually ponder and reflect...then write usually gain the most from this assignment. 

You are also encouraged to discuss your KQ with peers, parents, and others.

WIL 2.EC1 History Quote Analyses
Pick 5 (of 6) of the Essay Prompts (found on the bottom of page 4) & write 100-word responses to each.   
  • Historical study is not the study of the past but the study of the present traces of the past.  If people have said, thought, done or suffered anything of which nothing no longer exists, those things are as though they had never been.  ~ G. R. Elton
  • My first answer … to the question ‘What is history?’ is that it is a continuous interaction between the historian and his facts, an unending dialogue between the present and the past. ~ E. H. Carr
  • In history there are no real beginnings. ~ Warren Sylvester Smith
  • To know the truth of history is to realize its ultimate myth and its inevitable ambiguity.  ~ Roy P. Basler
  • The writing of history reflects the interests, predilections, and even prejudices of a given generation.  ~ John Hope Franklin
  • No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.  ~ Thomas Carlyle
WIL 2.4 Human Sciences Seminar Reflection

Complete Online or Submit your hard copy…

WIL 2.3 Free Will vs Determinism
Does Free Will Exist?
How does believing in Free Will or Determinism affect one's understanding of  and place in the world?
WIL 2.2 Natural Sciences Seminar Reflection

Complete Online or Submit your hard copy…

WIL 2.1 Natural Science
  1. What Knowledge Claims were presented in SCIENCE class (this week, last qtr/year)– explicitly or implicitly? Unpack a lesson, activity, reading, video, or even a conversation in class. Italicize your Knowledge Claim(s).   
  2. Develop a Knowledge Question derived from such Knowledge Claims and explore it within the TOK world, analyzing it using TOK tools and sharing at least two different perspectives therein. Highlight your KQ.
  3. Apply your KQ to other Real Life Situation(s) outside of school - outcomes from your KQ analysis.
  4. How have you used TOK outside of class this past week?  How have you thought of or used it in other academic courses.  If you are a DUO, please do not reference IB Americas – I know how we use TOK! 
  5. Conclusion - how might have you changed since your previous WIL?  What did you like and/or not like from the week? Also make a declaration of academic achievement – what is your LEARNER grade?                     
WIL 2.1 Dilbert "The Fact"

New procedure this qtr...developing & exploring Knowledge Questions!  For this first one, you were given A LOT of help - we watched an episode of Dilbert in class (S02E15 "The Fact"), after which you shared some knowledge CLaims and then developed a question - it was supposed to be done individually, then in small groups...but if you just collaborated right away, that is OK.  For next week, I'd like you to see how you apply TOK to your science class...

WIL 1.6 Which Way?

Which Way of Knowing do you rely on and/or value the most?  Please explain WHY!

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