Sample pre-TOK lessons
These two courses introduce younger students to the kind of concepts, thinkers, and skills that they’ll encounter when they study TOK. They provide a fantastic educational experience in themselves, but they also prepare students effectively for TOK.
Download a selection of sample pre-TOK lessons here.
The Thinking for Yourself Course
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.
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.
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.
The Worldviews course
Our Worldviews lessons enable younger students (11 – 12 years old) to explore some of the ways in which we construct our personal and group identities, develop an understanding of the human and natural world, and how this affects our ability to interact with each other. It is designed to be delivered specifically as part of MYP Individuals and Societies, but can be run at any school within any educational programme.
Unit 1: Thinkers
Unit 1 looks at how our worldviews are shaped by individual thinkers. We focus on people who looked at the natural and human world from from a different perspective, and provided us with a more effective way of understanding existence. Students focus on set thinkers together, before selecting their own worldview ‘influencers’ to research, and use to create their final product.
I can explain how Emmeline Pankhurst influenced our worldview. Download the lesson presentation here.
Unit 2: Conflict
Unit 2 looks at how big events can alter the way we think, feel, and understand. We explore a series of international conflicts that shook up countries around the world, and caused huge changes to societies and individuals. Again, students will spend time looking at set material together in class, before selecting their own conflicts to research, forming the basis of the summative assessment.
Liberté, égalité, fraternité
I can explain how the French Revolution changed our worldviews. Download the lesson presentation here.