Themes as an opportunity: Teaching areas of knowledge through themes

Alexey Popov Areas of Knowledge, Optional Themes, The Core Theme Leave a Comment

This blog post belongs to a series entitled “Traps and loopholes in the new TOK syllabus.” You can access the full list of blog posts in the series here. In two of my earlier posts I explored some “traps” in the new TOK syllabus associated with the new “themes”. IB TOK has been split into Themes and Areas of knowledge. …

Personal and shared knowledge as an opportunity: Why we need these terms back when we teach thematically

Alexey Popov Assessment, Curriculum Leave a Comment

This blog post belongs to a series entitled “Traps and loopholes in the new TOK syllabus”. You can access the full list of blog posts in the series here.  In the previous blog post (see here) I suggested that the distinction between personal and shared knowledge was removed from the new Guide because it does not sit well with the …

Personal and shared knowledge as a trap: Why has the difference been removed?

Alexey Popov Assessment, Curriculum Leave a Comment

This blog post belongs to a series 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 in the new TOK syllabus associated with the “compulsory” knowledge framework and the new “themes” (for an overview of the new TOK spec, see The …

Themes as a trap: does the TOK exhibition have to be based on one of the themes?

Alexey Popov Assessment, TOK Exhibition Leave a Comment

This is the fifth 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. As you know, in the new TOK syllabus the old presentation was replaced by the TOK exhibition for the Internal Assessment (IA). Students need to display three real-world …

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 …

Download FREE eBook

Travis Dixon Curriculum Leave a Comment

Alexey Popov and the ThemEd team have been working hard on our new TOK textbook, “TOK: A Student’s Guide.” The entire third chapter, “Bias in Personal Knowledge” is now available for free on our website.  DOWNLOAD FREE eBOOK HERE! Like all themantic materials, this eBook chapter “Bias in Personal Knowledge” from our new TOK textbook is based on addressing real world …

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

Alexey Popov Knowledge Framework, Teaching Ideas Leave a Comment

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 …