Unlike the course companion Theory of Knowledge (Oxford University Press, 2013) and my blog postings, many of the resources on this page can’t be found elsewhere. All of them are things I’ve written or designed myself. Please feel free to use these materials in your own classroom, following the usual conventions of acknowledging the source.
I started this website in July 2014. I’ll be adding to the resources below from time to time.
— Eileen Dombrowski
Download Collected Blog Posts
When you read my ideas for TOK or my lesson suggestions on the web, you can search for specific topics by using the tag cloud or the search window. However, I suspect that others share my own frequent preference to have a booklet of ideas saved on my own computer for that free moment…later on. (Yes, that one.)
And so…. I’ve compiled all the posts from my blog into annual collections for download and included a Table of Contents at the front of each to help you skim it more readily as you look for ideas relevant to your own context. Download by hitting the links below.
Eileen’s Advice to New TOK Teachers
I wrote this back in 2015, but don’t think any of it is out of date:
Planning the Class Presentation
The following guide sheet, based on the step-by-step planning in the TOK Course Companion, helps students come prepared to the first student-teacher consultation on the presentation. I give a pdf version below but also one in Word so that students can easily fill out their responses on their own computers — and, if you require, submit it to you in advance of your meeting. Please feel free to use it or adapt it to your own class needs.
Download pdf version: TOK presentation guide sheet
Download Word version: TOK presentation guide sheet
Who is the TOK teacher?
This is an excerpt from a paper published by the IB in May 2011: Eileen Dombrowski, John Mackenzie, Mike Clarke, “Perspectives on a curious subject: What is IB theory of knowledge all about?”
The paper as a whole deals with the nature of Theory of knowledge — the educational theory behind it (social constructivism, metacognitive inquiry), structure of TOK inquiry, role in the IB. Written early in a former curriculum review, the paper is out of date in some of its terminology, but most of it remains relevant. The following excerpt (19-21) is taken from the section “TOK inquiry in the classroom”.
Graphic overview of the TOK course, connecting Overview Conceptual Understanding of knowledge with Applied Critical Analysis.
This graphic links our TOK concepts with TOK thinking skills. Download by clicking on this link: DOMBROWSKI TOK OVERVIEW
Knowledge Framework, Simplified
Why simplify the Knowledge Framework into questions What, Why, and How? For my reasons, see my blog post: Simplifying the knowledge framework, entry level.
You can download by clicking this link: Dombrowski knowledge framework