In-class work and homework for Feb 27 and 28

We have beguin to explore science and, in addition to the two days of in-class notes, have ‘assigned’ the following:

  • Observe some thing in the natural world (not a person)
  • Take notes on what you observe
  • Draw conclusions about what your observations have helped you know

and

  • Create a metaphor do describe the ‘development’ of science.
  • Draw and label the different parts of your visual depiction of the metaphor [don’t write a paragraph]
  • Include both the process of knowing and what the goal of science is.

be as complete as possible with your metaphor.

In addition, look at home or online for a copy of Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.  It’s worth purchasing.  If that’s not your thing, then I can certainly check one out to you.  We will begin reading on Thursday, but I’d say that if you can get a copy before class on Monday, that would be fine.

 

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Diploma Candidates Essay Submission

Diploma Candidates will be uploading their essays on Friday during class.

Ms. Lund will be coming to the classroom to assist you in the process.

You will need to ensure you have your essay in digital form [email, flash drive, etc.] so that you can send in electronically.

ADDITIONALLY, on Friday I will collect your earlier, graded draft and the rubric that I marked in order to help me determine your predicted score.

I am available by appointment this week if you’d like to meet with me.  Let me know.

The test today…

or normal students, you may type in the following word document.  Download it and begin.  If you are absent today, do it at home and email it to Mr. Braman.

You may also hand write your essay.  Get a copy from Mr. Braman.  The test is due at the end of class.

Diploma candidates must submit a hard copy of their work today before the end of class.

In addition to including the text of the prompt on the top of your essay, you should indicate how many hours you still plan to invest and the number of words in your essay.

Word count and hours-to-invest should be on the top of the first page or in the header.

 

 

IB Diploma Essay Editing

At the meeting today, Thursday, February 16th, after school, Diploma Candidates will be learning the following:

  1. the requirements of the rubric for the ToK essay
  2. how to apply the rubric
  3. pitfalls that students often fall into (taken from IB evaluator feedback)
  4. must-have elements or items for their chosen prompt

In addition, we will be spending time during the session:

  • discussing elements of your prompt
  • peer editing other students’ essays
  • receiving feedback on your essay
  • editing your essay

The following is a sample source of feedback from the 2011 examiner’s report:

3 “Doubt is the key to knowledge” (Persian Proverb). To what extent is this true in two areas of knowledge?

Four examples of knowledge issues that could be addressed in this title:

  • To what extent do different areas of knowledge incorporate doubt as a part of their methods?
  • Under what circumstances might doubt undermine the construction or acquisition of knowledge?
  • Why is the possibility of doubt needed for knowledge?
  • Since doubt can be taken to be lack of convincing support for a claim, how can this lead to a situation in which the claim has convincing support?

 This was a very popular title, but it was widely misunderstood. When should you doubt and why; when should you stop doubting and start believing, were not treated by many. The feasible distinction between doubt as a state of mind and uncertainty as a description of the status of a knowledge claim was rarely made. Candidates often asserted that individuals such as Copernicus or Gödel experienced doubt, and that the presence of this doubt was instrumental to the advances in knowledge for which these individuals were responsible. The speculative nature of such assertions by the candidate was usually not recognized and thus the effectiveness of such historical examples was often somewhat undermined.

 Stronger candidates managed to compare the role of doubt in the acquisition of knowledge with other possible mechanisms, such as curiosity or serendipity. Furthermore, the way that doubt has been institutionalized in scientific methods received frequent treatment, with many accounts of the views of Popper and the idea of falsification in science. The radical skeptical methods of Descartes were often invoked but candidates seldom succeeded in explaining how his method could lead to the construction of what we commonly accept as knowledge today.

TOK Essays for Diploma Candidates

Diploma Candidates must submit a well-revised version of their essay before they leave on break.

To date, Diploma Candidates must have:

  1. chosen a prompt
  2. written a first draft of their essay within the word count paramaters [1200-1600 words]
  3. had a series of quality peer editors consider their essays
  4. considered and made revisions to their initial drafts of the essays

Now that students have begun work on their essays, they are ready to take the next steps.  On Thursday, February 16th, an optional meeting will be held after school in the semiar room.  You should attend the meeting if you are willing to learn more about your pending essay submission.  Diploma Candidates will be learning the following:

  1. what rubric will be applied for the ToK essay
  2. how to apply the rubric
  3. pitfalls that students often fall into (taken from IB evaluator feedback)
  4. must-have elements or items for their chosen prompt

In addition, we will be spending time during the session:

  • discussing elements of your prompt
  • peer editing other students’ essays
  • receiving feedback on your essay
  • editing your essay

Friday, February 17th, Diploma Candidates will be revising and polishing their work in class (don’t forget to email it to yourself).  A revised draft of the essay is due prior to your departure from class.  The quality of this essay should be very high; do not assume that you will make substantial changes beyond this Friday.  There won’t be time. 

During break, I will be reading your essays and assigning a ‘predicted grade’ based on what you’ve included.  I intend to return essays on February 27th, beyond which minimal changes may be made prior to the formal submission of student work [you’ll be uploading it into the IB clouds…] in very early March.