Post-Debate Analysis

Your task today is to sift through the myriad analyses regarding the debates and to consider this central question:  How should we use the Ways of Knowing to best determine which candidate would make the best President of the United States of America?

In your research (and later in your analysis), you should consider the several ways of knowing that we have introduced to date – perception, emotion, and intuition – as well as the several others we will later discuss – reason, language, and faith.  Here are a few links that you may start with, or, you may go in completely different directions.

When you are finished researching, you should put together an analysis of the debates IN YOUR OWN WORDS; this analysis should answer the question at the top of the post.  Be sure to incorporate the research you considered and a balance of views in your analysis.  This is due at the end of class.

If you’re really wondering what your analysis could look like, it could be modeled after these analyses with a focus on the Ways of Knowing.

Emotional Intelligence (project)

In class this week, we took a test on Emotional Intelligence, discussed emotional intelligence, and our test results.  Here is an overview if you didn’t get a chance to attend during our debrief Wednesday.  One idea that was shared was the role Ethos, Pathos, and Logos play in knowing things.  Here is a link about their role in crafting an effective speech.

In two of the classes yesterday, students introduced the impact and validity of micro-expressions.  There are a lot of writings on micro-expressions.  Find one that is academically useful.   Don’t forget to track some of your outside research (print it and critically read) that you do on these areas of interest for your journal.

In class Thursday, we introduced the idea by trying to recognize them ourselves.   Here is an example of one of the tests. Please take it.  This second test uses video – Give it a shot.

YOUR PROJECT is to create an experiment to test a theory you have regarding emotion.  How are emotions known?  Your experiment may be an effort to test the validity of EIQ or Micro-expressions or to test your ability (or your peers’ abilities) to recognize emotion.

Your writeup needs to include:

  • A brief explanation of your experiment
  • Your hypothesis before your experiment
  • An overview of your experiment
  • Your conclusions after the experiment (what did your data prove to you?)

Bring your writing to class on Monday with you.

And lastly (just for fun), here’s a blog post from Goleman himself explaining the origin, the journey, and the significant impact of Emotional Intelligence in our global society.  Check out the links to enhancing emotional intelligence

Emotion as a way to know

Today (September 20th) in class, we will explore the concept of Emotional Intelligence by taking a test about Emotional Intelligence at The expectations in class are to:

  •  take the test and consider what it is testing
  • as you’re testing, copy/paste into a Word document any questions that seem odd or interesting
  • comment about those questions so you don’t forget your wondering

When you’re done with the test…

  • copy and paste your results into the word document
  • answer the follwing questions –
    • What does the test assess?
    • What do the results make you wonder?  What value do they have?
    • Consider the link to “Scientifically Validated”… what would that even mean?
      • From what it says and from your results, what do you think Emotional Intelligence is?
  • Conduct some research into the founders and the ideas behind the test.  What was the original set of ‘findings?’  What was the intended ‘learning’?  What is E.I. supposed to tell us?  And what good is that?
  • and then PRINT all of it and bring it to class on tomorrow.  We will be discussing your responses and thoughts about Emotional Intelligence and, in general, about Emotion as a way to know things.

Curriculum Night

Parents –

I am sorry that my coaching duties conflict with Curriculum Night this year.  Please know that you are in good hands.  Two of my students who are also in our Skyline Link Crew (Margaret and Stuart) have volunteered to help give the overview of ToK and to solicit your views on a topic we will be studying next week – the role of culture in knowing.

Please accept my apologies for my absence.  I am thoroughly enjoying working with your student this year.  It looks to be a lot of fun.

If you have any questions, you can always reach out to me via email at bramand@


Don Braman