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How we teach Theory of Knowledge effectively using Hodder Education resources

Virginia Commonwealth University Adjunct Faculty

Keith Hollowell, IB Theory of Knowledge Teacher, Virginia Commonwealth University Adjunct Faculty 

"One of the greatest assets of the text is how the educator is provided with a sense of confidence when adapting the lessons to their own vision of the course while successfully applying the TOK pedagogy with fidelity"

As a veteran Theory of Knowledge teacher, I find this textbook to be refreshing and approachable, engaging both the inexperienced and seasoned Theory of Knowledge teacher on multiple levels.  One of the exciting new aspects is how it applies the new curriculum in a thoughtful manner. The book is organized to be not only aesthetically pleasing, but also practical in structure.  Every chapter is outlined with core objectives relating back to the Theory of Knowledge subject guide, and is appropriately aligned with the objectives and aims of the International Baccalaureate program. The chapters relate back to the learner profile as well as the major assessments within the course, providing very clear assessment advice for the student exhibition as well as the prescribed title essay.  The text fits nicely within the structure of the suggested syllabus of the IB program. Benchmarks and student misconceptions are incorporated to use as stopping points to monitor student understanding.  
 
What I like the most is how interactive the textbook is. Many scannable QR codes are embedded in the text which provide students with supplementary resources and concept connections.

Numerous authentic examples are provided that support the introductory implementation of the concepts as well as the more challenging higher level application of the material.   
It is easy to tell that it has been written by educators who are very familiar with and passionate about the subject of Theory of Knowledge. The book demonstrates a dedication to providing relatable, relevant ideas in a subject area that can be challenging to make accessible to high school students.   The textbook includes an element of liveliness within the student activities that allows for dynamic class discussions on a relatable and appealing level while deconstructing oftentimes difficult and more obscure terminology and concepts.  The case studies included are poignant and in-depth, and clear examples of knowledge questions are provided, allowing for a more thorough grasp of the content.   

Overall, one of the greatest assets of the text is how the educator is provided with a sense of confidence when adapting the lessons to their own vision of the course while successfully applying the TOK pedagogy with fidelity.
 

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