And the Winners Are…

Here are the final winners (voted by peers) of the This I Believe film competition.





MOST EPIC: Michael B.



MOST LIKELY TO WATCH OVER AND OVER: Casey D. and Michael B (tie)

BEST ACTOR: Jacob S. in Michael B’s film


What is School For?

Stop Stealing Dreams, Seth Godin.

First we’ll take this brainstorm survey:

CLICK HERE for Google Spreadsheet (per. 6)

CLICK HERE for Google Spreadsheet (per. R3I3)

CLICK HERE for Google Spreadsheet (per. DejeunerTOK)

Next, watch this TED talk video in class, then you can read the “Stop Stealing Dreams” manifesto in DP1 Group in Diigo.

or direct

You will be asked to highlight at least 2 parts and write questions or comments. Feel free to respond to others’ sticky notes and/or add more. Don’t forget that in order to see the sticky notes, you’ll have to open up your Diigolet. Also, be sure to make your stickies public and share to the group.

And..if you want to hear a teen’s perspective:

Chapter 3 Course Companion Study/Action Guide

Knowledge and the Search for Truth

Pg. 90:

 a. Take a book you’ve read recently (could even be a text for one of your classes) and

___answer the 4 questions on this page.

As you post to your blog, try to

___add specific words from the book to support your answer for #3, and perhaps at least

___1 example of a photograph, diagram, or drawing (you can even take a photo with your phone to post as evidence)


_____Read the green box from Yeshey of Bhutan (don’t step on a book!). _____Then read about and watch Thomas Pettit, a Danish philosopher, discuss the Gutenberg Parenthesis and his view of books (tear one up!).

_____Answer: What are your thoughts about the sanctity of books and how did you arrive to your decision?

_____Answer: Do books really “hold learning”?

_____Answer: How would you rate where you get knowledge – media (various), books, teachers, family, friends, celebrities, etc.? (draw a continuum or explain)

Pg. 91: Classifying Knowledge


_____Check out the chart– we will take some time in class do this with a partner and discuss

*why do other languages have several different words for “to know”? What are the constraints of English?

Pg. 92-3: Types of Knowledge


_____Check out Mohammed Youssef’s explanation of the 5 Stages of Knowledge / Wisdom in Arabic.

_____Provide a real life example of each, as it applies to your life.


_____Make your own list of an experiential knowledge (“knowing through direct experience”) you have,

_____procedural knowledge (skills; “knowing how”),

_____and a knowledge claim (“knowing that”- tied to language)

_____What type is the easiest to learn? What type tends to stick the longest?


_____Which ways of knowing (sense perception, language, emotion, and reasoning) are most relevant to each of the 3 categories  – try to provide a specific example.


_____In which category would you place the statement “I’ve heard about that” and why?

_____READ THIS ARTICLE outlining the different theories of learning and how Twitter could be used for each.

_____Answer: Which theory do you think best applies to our IB program? Which theory do you find most helpful as a style of learning?

Below is a scene from Good Will Hunting that touches on experiential knowledge versus rational knowledge…beware…some adult language.

Pg. 94-7: IB DP Subject Activity


_____Check out the green chart.

_____Choose 3 other of your IB DP subjects (not Lang A) and also CAS…make a similar chart. Then brainstorm with your group (maybe they have the same subjects!)…we’ll do a little shifting around and move into different groups to share more ideas…after we can analyze to see if the subjects are balanced or not. WE WILL DO THIS IN CLASS

_____read the CAS experience of Emily on pg. 95 to understand how CAS is a certain kind of knowledge acquisition. Then click here for another real-life CAS experience video.

i. The 3 kinds of knowledge are stored differently in the brain. Remember how Mr. Wearing could still play the piano?

_____Curate something on one of the following types of memory or at least find out what they all are:

_____procedural memory,

_____working memory,

_____long-term memory,

_____declarative memory,

_____episodic memory.

Here’s a cool explanation of “earworms” by neurologist Oliver Sacks, and then his discussion of the Power of Music and the Power of Doing…that is, procedural memory.

Pg. 98-100: Voodoo Activity

 j. We will discuss the questions in class in groups, but

_____check out the green section on pg.100 to see what other students responded to the question: “Does it matter of what we believe in is true?

Pg. 100-103: TESTS for Knowledge Claims

 What are the strengths and weaknesses of the following tests for truth? Discuss the questions in each section with a partner and be prepared to sum it up for the class

 k. Identify if these tests are commonly used in the IB DP subjects you are studying now.

_____Coherence – based on other claims you believe – (do they agree?)

_____Correspondence – must match the evidence – (go and check it out!)

 _____Pragmatic – must be able to be applied effectively in practice (does it work?)

_____be sure to understand why, in TOK, we abandon the catch-all “true-for-me” relativism and think in terms of “true-for-all” (see pg. 103)


A Physicist’s Guide to the existence of Santa Claus

Pg. 104-5: 3
 Truths and a Lie game and 1-9 “Good Reasons for Belief” (in class)

_____What is the difference between being sincere and being right? What is the difference between making a false statement and lying?

Pg. 105-6: Kinds of Claims

After reading about rational, observational, metaphysical, and value judgments, we will play the partner game on pg. 106

Pg. 108-9: Justification Types

After reading about reliable sources (experts and general consensus), memories, emotions, intuition, faith, and revelation, 

_____describe what role these might play in the Areas of Knowledge (your subjects)…for example, how might emotion affect and artist or intuition affect a scientist?

_____Here’s an awesome TED TALK which discusses the intuitiveness of the arts and sciences.

Pg. 110-111: Intensity of Belief

_____Draw or diagram something that represents the relationship between belief, truth, knowledge, and justification.

Pg. 112-113- Pseudoarchaeology

Pg. 114: Do I Believe?


_____After reading about the 3 “s’s”: SOURCE, STATEMENTS, and SELF, choose something you’ve learned recently and evaluate it based on these, using specific examples.