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Romo's Weekly WIL (What I Learned)

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.

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 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 1.1 Failure

Share a time when you have FAILED at something - preferrably something academic.  Write about the whole process, but focus on the outcome.  How did you FEEL?  What did you do in order to get over the disappointment, shame, anger, frustration, sadness, you-name-it?  Did you learn anything from the process or experience (how-to, process, systemic, or about yourself)?

WIL Reason Essay

Based on the two in-class activities exercise (find two politician quotes that are reasonable & two that are unreasonable) and other personal experiences do you believe politicians in the United States are reasonable?  Your argument should be well-reasoned.

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