Friday, June 27, 2014

Summer Assignment #1 & Summer Assignment #2

 Summer Assignment #1


How do YOU define imagination?   
When are you the most imaginative?
How will you show us your version of imagination?

Demos of Imagination on first day of class!  This is intentionally open-ended!


These are mere suggestions or consider combining 2 together:

Original Video 
Historical Eras or Figures
Original Musical Compositions 
Mathematics Problems

Summer Assignment #2

After watching the video, choose one of the following quotes and write a commentary.

Post your commentary on the blog & respond to a classmate.

Reminders:  anon, first name only

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible.
William James

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.
H. L. Mencken

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Week of June 2nd 2014

  • Self-Evaluation of Pleasing Design Essay  
    • Old Rubric (criterion A-D)
    • New Rubric (May 2015 Assessments)
    • Effort & Time Spent on the process
    • Getting Support from teacher or classmates 

  • Self-Evaluation of 1st Semester (Friday)
    • TOK Aims
    • TOK Objectives
    • TOK and Learner Profile
    • TOK & Other Classes

Saturday, May 31, 2014


Final Draft of Pleasing Design Essay:  6/3/14 7:15 am

e-Reflections:  Reason & Emotion due 6/6/14

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Transition to Emotions Chapter

  1. SQ3R+ Emotion notes are due by Monday May 12th 2014
  2. Reminder:  Lateral Thinking due by May 8th 7am
  3. Final draft of Pleasing Design Essay TBD

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Amendments to this week...

 Seminar on Friday May 2, 2014
Text is the video below:
Please bring your preparation of the questions to class on Friday in LMC

Entry Ticket:  

Where do you place yourself on this continuum?  Why?

        Emotion                                               Reason

1.     Describe and explain how both reason and emotion are depicted.  Do you agree with these depictions?  Explain your thinking.

2.     Which quote do you agree with the most:  “The sign of an intelligent people is their ability to control their emotions by the application of reason.” Marya Mannes; "Feelings are not supposed to be logical. Dangerous is the man who has rationalized his emotions." David Borenstein.  Explain your thinking.

3.     This film was made in 1943.  Have our assumptions, preconceptions, and biases about reason and emotion changed since the airing of this film?  Explain your thinking in the context of TOK textbook and the supplemental text entitled “The Argumentative Ape”.  

 Exit Ticket:

Where do you place yourself on this continuum now?  Why?

        Emotion                                               Reason


Final Lateral Thinking Assignment May 8, 2014 7am

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

LMC: Reason Chapter Activities...This week and next

 Activity 1 (today):
Read the following short blurb and write a commentary about it in the comments section. (anon; first name only)
(1st reaction & applications/connections to reason chapter) 

Activity 2 (today):
Peer Mark of Lateral Thinking Assignment in Turn It In

Activity 3 (start today-Teams):   
Who will be the winning team in the NBA?

Based on:

~New Articles
~Player Stats
~Players with experience
~Score Differences during play-offs
~Regular Season Record
~Coaching Staff
~Team Chemistry
~Sports Experts (PTI; ESPN; NBA)
~Lateral Thinking approach (6 Hats)
~Interviews of staff here at PHS(30 sec clips)

Presentations on Monday April 4/28/14 by group

Activity 4/HW:   Preparation for Seminar next class:

Questions:   Article LINK
1.  What is the most important phrase?  Explain your thinking.

2.  Does the text agree or disagree with the following quote:

3. Based on this article and the chapter reading, is reason powerful or perilous?  Explain your thinking.

Activity 5:  Final Lateral Thinking Assignment May 2, 2014 7am

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

This Week: Project Implicit and Lateral Thinking

Take Two tests:
~You must take the Race IAT~  The second is your choice…challenge yourself
~Reflect on your results prior to the completion of the follow-up questions.

Project Implicit LINK

Follow-Up Questions

Do you think that these tests are valid?  When you first saw your results, did you question or accept the test's validity?

Give examples of the cultural messages that may support attitudes linking a dominant group in your nation or culture with "good" or "superior" attributes and a subordinate group with "bad" or "inferior" ones.  Are these attitudes generalizations that can be called stereotypes?  How can generalizations be distinguished from stereotypes?

If some of our consciously held beliefs, attitudes and values are undermined by what Gladwell calls rapid cognition (others call this intuitive thinking or even gut feelings), what do you suggest we can do to combat jumping to (false) conclusions?

 Compose your response in a word document and then cut and paste it into the comment's section of this post.

1.  Choose Anonymous in the drop down menu
2.  First Name only
3.  Your response
4.  Reply to another student as well


Lateral Thinking

3 paragraphs due to