is a required two-year course about critical thinking and inquiring into the process of knowing. During a student's junior year, the class is taught through lunchtime seminar and closely examines the ways of knowing as an introduction to the senior level course which meets daily. During the 2018-19 school year, Ms. Stanton is teaching the junior seminar and Ms. Sewell is teaching the senior class.
TOK examines how we know what we claim to know. It does this by encouraging students to analyze knowledge claims and explore knowledge questions. TOK also seeks to make a distinction between shared knowledge and personal knowledge.
The TOK course identifies eight specific ways of knowing (WOKs): language, sense perception, emotion, reason, imagination, faith, intuition, and memory. The WOKs underlie the methodology of the areas of knowledge, and they provide a basis for personal knowledge.
TOK distinguishes between eight areas of knowledge: mathematics, the natural sciences, the human sciences, the arts, history, ethics, religious knowledge systems, and indigenous knowledge systems.
There are two assessment tasks in the TOK course: a 1600-word essay and a presentation. The essay is externally assessed by the IB and must be written on any one of the prescribed titles issued by the IB each year.
This year's CAS coordinators are Ms. Stanton (juniors) and Ms. Sewell (seniors).