The Theory of Knowledge course is unique to the IB Diploma and encourages students to think about the nature of knowledge, to reflect on the process of learning in all their subjects and to see the connections between them. The TOK course examines how we know what we claim to know. It does this by encouraging students to analyse knowledge claims and explore knowledge questions.
(International Baccalaureate Organisation. CAS guide, 2015, https://ibpublishing.ibo.org/server2/rest/app/tsm.xql?doc=d_0_tokxx_gui_1304_2_e&part=1&chapter=5)
Last week, Year 13 completed their presentations to an audience of their peers, teachers and office managers. It was a superb celebration demonstrating the growth in the learning about how we know what we know and relating it to “Real Life Situations”. Examples of Knowledge Questions explored are listed below:
“To what extent do ethics impede human development?”
“To what extent can WOKs (Ways Of Knowing) identify RKS (Religious Knowledge Systems)?”
“ To what extent do emotion, sense perception, and intuition influence belief?”
“To what extent does Human Science and History guide us in choosing knowledge”
IB Learner Profile and CAS
CAS is at the heart of the Diploma Programme. With its holistic approach, CAS is designed to strengthen and extend students’ personal and interpersonal learning. CAS is organized around the three strands of creativity, activity and service defined as follows.
Creativity—exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance
Activity—physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle
Service —collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need
CAS enables students to demonstrate attributes of the IB learner profile in real and practical ways, to grow as unique individuals and to recognize their role in relation to others. On Thursday afternoon, Y13 students in a CAS Activity, walked around the school field for an hour. The purpose, during this very busy, often stressful time of year, was to help the students achieve balance -“the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives-intellectual, physical and emotional-to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live” (IBO).
Ms Linda Round
Head of IB