Curriculum Night 2018

Parents –

I am sorry that my coaching duties conflict with Curriculum Night this year.  Please know that you are in good hands.  Several of my 5th period students who are also in our Skyline Link Crew have volunteered to help give the overview of ToK and to guide you thorough the process of reviewing your student’s journal for the year.

Please take some time to both review your son/daughter’s work and to write a quick note of inspiration to them on the sheet provided.  On it are some ideas about what to look for as well as some encouragement for what to ask about.

In addition, if you have time, please consider responding to a question we will be discussing in the near future:

What is something you know for certain?  (and what makes you so sure?)

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

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


Don Braman


Moving into week three…

we are exploring knowledge by working to categorize knowledge and consider what the IB gods call knowledge claims.  Here are two readings – one on categorizing knowledge and another on knowledge claims from the first section of the ToK textbook.  Please read and consider this info to help you get a better understanding of the way the IB gods want you to think about knowledge.

The sequence should go:

  1. Read the section on categorizing knowledge and take notes
  2. Do the “Discussion Activity” on page 38; write down things you learned/realized
  3. Read the section on knowledge claims and take notes

You should complete through step 3 as homework if necessary.

Seniors –

It’s hard to say goodbye.  You shall be missed.

Congratulations on making it through your final year here at Skyline.  You have impressed me with your humor, wisdom, and insights.   Grades are now updated from the several assignments I collected in the last month.

IF you would like to collect your final, stop by my office today after school and grab it.  If you’d prefer, I will be in the commons for a brief spell tomorrow.  Check the Skyline web page for the times.

Enjoy your summer.  You’ve earned it.

Mr. Braman

ToK Art Day Reminders

Please be sure that you:

  • have had your project approved by Mr. Braman
  • that Mr. Braman knows where your project
  • monitor your project and ensure it is not a safety hazard or contains graffiti
  • have a photo of your project after you put it up
  • make observations of others interacting with your art

ToK Art Day is Friday, 6/2

Yes, several of you have an outing to Silverwood that day, but there are ways to solve that.  Speak with me.  For those of you here that day, the handout instructions were distributed in class.  Be sure to follow them to do a great job (and also to not fail the project).  Guerilla art 2017  All students should have submitted an Art Proposal in class.

Guerilla art is a fun and stealthy way of sharing your vision with the world. It is a method of art making which entails leaving anonymous art pieces in public places. It can be done for a variety of reasons, to make a statement, to share your ideas, to foster discussion within a community, to send out good karma, or just for fun. Guerilla artists often have a belief in the importance of making art without attachment to the outcome. They do something that has nothing to do with making money, listening to the ego, or earning praise.