Sense Perception: Field Activity

Welcome back to school!

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We are now embarking on our trip through Sense Perception as a Way of Knowing. To get us back into the groove of being at school, I thought it would be interesting to do a few activities to get our creative juices flowing and force us to be more aware of how our senses contribute to our knowledge, as well as interact with other Ways of Knowing such as Language, Emotion, and Reasoning.

Part I (10 min)

Use this Google Spreadsheet to brainstorm the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings (touch, not emotion) of the Holiday Break. The challenge is to think of as many as we can and to be specific and detailed – maybe even poetic!

Part II (35 min MAX)

By yourself or with a group of up to 4, walk around campus on a scavenger-hunt of sorts for sensory data we normally overlook.

You can focus on one or 2 senses, or all 5 if you like.

Your theme can be something like : “Hidden Sights of LJA” or “Overheard at LJA” OR perhaps something more abstract like: “Growth”, or “Solitude”.

Task: As you walk around, take photos AND/OR video with your device. It should be something you can easily and quickly upload to YouTube. Stick to your theme or just do a random archive of everything you sense.

Part III (rest of period)

Make a short film. (key: quickly produced)

1. Upload footage and/or stills directly to your YouTube acct. (choose one member)

2. Edit using the built-in Editing tools in YouTube. (called “Video Editor”) OR WeVideo in YouTube Create (images below) OR Stupeflix (I have an account and can invite students individually to join it on a temp basis)

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WeVideo can be found:, and then

Stupeflix (let me know)

3. the key is to make your editing artistic but fast – you should be pretty much finished by the end of class.

4. Don’t forget a title – it should set the tone.

5. Publish to YouTube (all members should post to blogs)


Intro: Belief

The IB TOK usually accepts this definition of KNOWLEDGE – that it is a “justified true belief”.

But what counts as justification? Where does belief end and knowledge begin? What is the difference between BELIEF and OPINION? Does believing in something make it true? How do our core beliefs shape us as a person?

Perhaps it is best to think of belief and knowledge on a continuum, with unjustified beliefs at one end and beliefs  “beyond reasonable doubt” at the other end.




Examples (from Lagemaat, Theory of Knowledge for the IB Diploma):

VAGUE BELIEF: You may vaguely believe that eating tomatoes helps reduce the risk of heart disease, but have no idea where you came across this idea and readily abandon it in the light of counter-evidence.

WELL-SUPPORTED BELIEF: You may believe that Smith killed Jones, and be able to give eveidence for this belief, but still be unwilling to say you know that this is the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

BELIEF BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT: You may find the evidence which supports the claim that Americans landed on the moon in 1969 so convincing and the counter-evidence of conspiracy theorists so flimsy that you are willing to say that you KNOW the Americans landed on the moon.

“Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable” – Oscar Wilde


1. “3 corners”:

a. Mrs. B will read several “belief” statements. You will move to the corner of the room which suits you best: “I believe” / “I don’t believe” / “I’m wishy-washy”

b. Discuss with the group assembled why you feel that way. Provide real-life example

c. Share group findings with entire class.

2. Group Shared Belief:

a. In a small group, pinpoint a belief you all share. 

b. Find an image that represents that belief. If you find more, you can create a collage using

c. Upload your image to THINGLINK We will use the CLASS ACCOUNT (see board) to upload and store images. (see overview: ) 

 d. Each person in the group will ANNOTATE the image and provide justifications for holding this belief and/or examples. Feel free to link out to videos, audio, other images, articles, etc. ***each person should provide 2 annotations. 


“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”

-Audrey Hepburn