This I believeā€¦


You will write a personal essay based on the above words. As a senior getting ready to leave the comfortable confines of AIS for the big, bad world, I want to know what it is that you stand for, what you believe, that will guide you on your way in the world. This assignment is about you and what it is you can and will contribute to the world. You should give me something that only you could write and something that tells a story that only you can tell.

The essay should be typed, double-space, and be between 550 and 700 words. It should also have a title. Because it is a personal essay, tell it from your point of view, using I and me (one of the few times you will be asked for this directly). Primarily this is a chance to prove to me that you do stand for something and got something from your years of education.

Due at the beginning of class, Tuesday, April 17, 2012. If you would like to do an audio podcast of the essay, they should also be completed for that day.

The following resources will help:






The following websites give examples and more explanations of This I believe essays:

http://www.npr.org/series/4538138/this-i-believe

http://thisibelieve.org/




February 19, 2012
Here's the presentation planning information that will go on the form. If you would like, pre-write this information
and bring the printed A4 sheet to class to attach.





January 30, 2012

Here's a great prezi with presentation tips. We will look at this in class to highlight some of the points.

http://prezi.com/7nugodcso5zd/tok-presentation-tips/




January 28, 2012

Here's some of the TOK presentation resources you should be checking out.






As questions come up, I'll post more information here.






January 5, 2012

A couple of interesting new articles I found on Arts and Letters Daily:

Trial and Errors: Why Science Is Failing Us
http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/12/ff_causation/all/1

A Certain Idea of Knowledge
http://www.presseurop.eu/en/content/article/1320071-george-steiner-certain-idea-knowledge

Keep these in mind as you start thinking about knowledge issues.










This is the official TOK 12 site. Check back often for new links, files and resources.

First up: Emerson and Thoreau

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Emerson.pdf
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Walden.pdf



And a couple of links:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=free-will-and-the-brain-michael-gazzaniga-interview

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2011/nov/22/religion-bad-evolution-religious-admonitions?INTCMP=SRCH