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USING THE INSIGHT OF PSYCHOLOGY TO EXCITE YOU ABOUT TEACHING THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE WEEKEND COURSES FOR TOK and NON-TOK TEACHERS We’re excited about the way Theory of Knowledge challenges our certainty about the world! We want to transfer and reignite that excitement amongst teacher colleagues and their students. Sometimes the focus on exams, standards, attainment and terminology takes away the thrill of learning a subject that has the capacity to stretch and enthral us. We aim to help you inject your lessons with excitement and give you ideas to have you interacting and collaborating with your students in building that excitement and understanding in class. Our sessions provide teachers with a relaxed opportunity to focus on how this fascinating subject, part of the IB Core, is relevant to – and can be informed by – their own subject discipline. We provide you with a selection of ideas based on tried and tested activities and materials using an Alice in Wonderland theme to underline how TOK highlights many different versions of reality. We also hope that these sessions demonstrate our commitment to the notion that, through imaginative and creative delivery of learning, we are not only able to inspire students to want to learn and achieve, but we are also able to instil in them greater selfconfidence and enhanced self-esteem. WHO ARE WE?

Ray Heath has taught for 25 years, in Further Education and the Comprehensive School system in the UK before moving to Hong Kong and King George V school 7 years ago, where she works as Head of the school's Psychology Department. She has taught on a wide range of vocational and academic programmes and has delivered Psychology A Level as well as the IB Diploma and GCSE courses. Ray is a highly committed, experienced practitioner who gets a real buzz out of teaching. For her, Psychexcite is all about encouraging other teachers to harness the fun of teaching a fascinating subject like Psychology; to provide colleagues with an opportunity to reconnect with their creativity.

Colleen Bower has been delivering lively and interactive lessons within outstanding Psychology departments in schools in both the UK and HK for over 8 years. She has also conducted postgraduate action research projects developing interventions that use Psychological theory to improve classroom motivation and attainment. Colleen came to education after a successful career in business culminating in Managing Directorships of healthcare and international recruitment companies. She has over 30 years’ experience in delivering engaging presentations to adult conferences, seminars and training groups and has plenty of insight into tailoring materials to satisfy and extend her audience.


THE WEEKEND PROGRAMME

Day 1 – Create This Alice in TOKland themed day is designed to challenge subject-bound thinking, assess the basis of knowledge in delegates’ own subjects, introduce TOK terminology in a lighthearted way and develop takeaway ideas for incorporating TOK concepts into everyday teaching.

Time

Aims

Content

8.309.00

Networking

Arrival and breakfast

9.0010.30

To introduce ethos and terminology of TOK

Challenges from Wonderland exercise. Participants defend their subject as a “bastion of truth” in the face of bizarre challenges from Alice characters

10.3011.00

Break

11.001.00

To introduce the idea of the assessment criteria

1.002.00

Lunch

2.004.00

To “tokify” your delivery

Neuro-enhancing cake at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Would you eat it or not? How would your subject as an Area of Knowledge help you know whether you should? Introduction to the key assessment criteria of TOK – Personal Relevance, Ways of Knowing, Areas of Knowledge, Knowledge Questions

Making your subject a Wonderland. A workshop session, developing ways to integrate the key assessment criteria into a topic scheme of work to allow for “TOK moments” within lessons


THE WEEKEND PROGRAMME

Day 2 – Integrate Selection of themed activities to draw out ways in which subject specialisms can be used in TOK teaching and ways TOK-style thinking can be specifically integrated into subject schemes of work.

Time

Aims

Content

8.309.00

Networking

Arrival and breakfast

9.0010.30

To enhance awareness of multi-disciplinary approaches to learning

Curiouser and Curiouser A selection of Wonderland-themed activities to allow subject specialists to interrogate their own syllabus topics for TOK-style evaluation

10.3011.00

Break

11.001.00

To enhance awareness of multi-disciplinary approaches to learning

1.002.00

Lunch

2.004.00

To understand and to simplify the TOK assessment process

Day trips to Wonderland Teachers will explore ways their subject knowledge can enhance students’ access to – and appreciation of – TOK

Back to the real world Essays and presentations – scaffolding and structuring. Sharing and discussion workshop


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