Themes as a trap: TOK essay is based on areas of knowledge

Alexey Popov Areas of Knowledge, Assessment, Curriculum Leave a Comment

This is the forth in a series of blog posts entitled “Traps and loopholes in the new TOK syllabus”. You can access the full list of blog posts in the series here.  Earlier I explored traps and opportunities linked to the “compulsory” knowledge framework in the new TOK spec. Now it’s time to switch over to another key addition in …

Compulsory knowledge framework as an opportunity: use key concepts and tick all the boxes

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Read more: Compulsory knowledge framework as a trap: distribution of lesson time Compulsory knowledge framework as a trap: artificial boundaries This is the third in a series of blog posts entitled “Traps and loopholes in the new TOK syllabus”. You can access the full list of blog posts in the series here. Earlier I explored two potential traps in the …

Compulsory knowledge framework as a trap: distribution of lesson time

Alexey Popov Curriculum, Knowledge Framework Leave a Comment

It is a requirement of the new syllabus that every unit in the course (such as the themes and the areas of knowledge) should include knowledge questions from each of the four elements of the knowledge framework (Scope, Methods and Tools, Perspectives, Ethics). Earlier I wrote about one thing that could potentially go wrong here – the danger of artificial …

Compulsory knowledge framework as a trap: artificial boundaries

Alexey Popov Curriculum, Knowledge Framework, Knowledge Questions Leave a Comment

Want to know what traps and pitfalls to look out for in the new TOK syllabus? In this post, I’ll show you what to look out for with the new “compulsory” elements of the knowledge framework. Read More: For an overview of the new TOK spec, see The new TOK syllabus at a glance. This is the first in a …

The new TOK syllabus at a glance

Alexey Popov Curriculum Leave a Comment

The TOK syllabus has changed. It is time to download the new IB TOK Guide (first assessment 2022) and study it thoroughly. However, in this blog post I provide a quick overview of the things that changed.  Read More: How to Download the New TOK Guide If you are already teaching the course, you will be wondering “What changed?” Here …