IB THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE - I
Instructor: Nate Menifield
Phone: (207) 985-1110 x2114
Fax: (207) 985-1350
Tuesdays after school or any day by appointment
“Man can alter his life by altering his thinking.” - William James (1842-1910)
I. Course Description:
TOK is a course about critical thinking and inquiring into the process of knowing, rather than about learning a specific body of knowledge. The TOK course examines how we know what we claim to know. It does this by encouraging students to analyze knowledge claims and explore knowledge questions. A knowledge claim is the assertion that “I/we know X” or “I/we know how to Y”, or a statement about knowledge; a knowledge question is an open question about knowledge.
The overall aim of TOK is to encourage students to formulate answers to the question “how do you know?” in a variety of contexts, and to see the value of that question. This allows students to develop an enduring fascination with the richness of knowledge.
Specifically, the aims of the TOK course are for students to:
III. Educational Objectives:
It is expected that by the end of the TOK course, students will be able to:
IV. Materials Needed:
Pens and pencils
Chromebook / personal laptop
An open mind that is excited to learn :)
V. Course Expectations:
VI. Homework/Late Assignments:
VIII. Extra Help/Communication:
Students - please see me if you have any problems in class or with certain assignments. I am available after school on Tuesdays, during free blocks, or any other time by appointment. Parents/Guardians - talk to your child about what is going on in school and encourage them to seek extra help. Students, guardians, and teachers need to keep open communication between school and home if success is to occur. If any concern arises inside or outside of the classroom, please contact me directly.