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Thinking for Yourself

Thinking for Yourself

Our pre-DP ‘Thinking for Yourself’ course supports students to develop critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration.

The 14 classroom-ready lessons introduce 14-15 year old learners to a carefully curated range of brilliant thinkers and concepts, help them to acclimatize to the TOK world, and give them a powerful lexicon of knowledge-related terms.

The TFY lesson presentations

The TFY course consists of an introduction to the course, 12 lessons focusing on different ideas and concepts, and a conclusion. The course is extensively interlinked, but each of the 12 lessons work as stand-alone learning experiences for students. You can either teach the lessons as a discrete course, or they can be delivered within different subject classrooms.

Below you’ll see a list of the lessons, their names, and their learning objectives. You can view the introduction to the course here, and lesson 1 here.

Introduction to the TFY Course

Learning objective I can explain what we’ll explore during the TFY course, and how its ideas will help me. Click here to access the lesson presentation.

1 ECREE

I can explain the importance of justifying my claims and beliefs with evidence. Click here to access the lesson presentation.

2 Challenging vs. confirming our biases

I can evaluate the effect of our biases on our knowledge about the world. Become a member to gain access.

3 Words matter

I can explain how loaded language can be used to manipulate our understanding of the world. Become a member to gain access.

4 Perspectives and truth

I understand that different perspectives often lead to different interpretations about the world. Become a member to gain access.

5 Escaping our echo chambers

I know what ‘echo-chambers’ are, and how they can prevent us from becoming effective knowers of the world. Become a member to gain access.

6 Eyeballs on the screen

I can explain why there is often a dissonance between media coverage and the reality. Become a member to gain access.

7 Hidden agendas

I can explain why it’s so important to be aware of the agenda behind a knowledge claim. Become a member to gain access.

8 Error blindness

I can explain how losing our fear of being wrong helps us to become better thinkers. Become a member to gain access.

9 Marshmallow thinking

I can explain how the way we think impacts on the well-being of the planet. Become a member to gain access.

10 Us & them

I can explain why viewing the world in a ‘tribalistic’ way can prevent us from understanding it objectively. Become a member to gain access.

11 Faces in the clouds

I can fully discuss Oliver Sacks’s statement that, “Every act of perception is to some degree an act of creation”. Become a member to gain access.

12 Blinded by the sun

I can apply the ideas from the TFY course to Plato’s allegory of the cave. Become a member to gain access.

Wrapping up the TFY course

I can evaluate what impact the ideas and thinkers from the TFY course have made on me. Become a member to gain access.