Passion and purpose
Michael has more than two decades of experience as a classroom teacher, and is intimately acquainted with the challenges of delivering a concept-rich course to students – often in their second language. His workshops are clear, practical, and jargon-free, and will engage and inspire students and teachers. His workshops convey the passion he feels for TOK, and instill a clear awareness of the purpose and aims of the course, and the advantages it gives anyone who is studying it. Attendees take home a concrete range of ideas and strategies that have a measurable impact on how they teach or learn TOK.
Michael delivering a teacher workshop to 11 different schools in Doha for the Gulf English School
Bespoke, not one-size-fits-all, workshops
Michael has sat through his fair share of workshops delivered by well-meaning educators, who nevertheless dig out the same presentation for every school they visit. In contrast, theoryofknowledge.net workshops are based on the fact that every school and set of students is different, so each of our workshops is prepared on a bespoke basis to meet a school’s specific TOK needs. We can introduce, consolidate, or stretch the skills and understanding of the course possessed by your learning community. Find out more here.
Workshop content and style
Our workshops for teachers and students are based around modules, each one lasting around 2 hours. Modules can cover a broad or a specific aspect of the course, such as how to oversee the TOK essay, making the transition to the new syllabus, exploring the 12 key concepts of TOK, or creating a great TOK exhibition.
Click on the image to the right to see a list of exemplar modules, that you can use to identify what would work in your school.
All our workshops are media-rich and highly interactive, and teachers are expected to carry out tasks and activities to the same degree as students. Extensive online materials are provided before, during, and after workshops, and we’re more than happy to respond to follow-up questions via email after the workshop has been delivered.
We also encourage schools in a city or region to team up and attend our workshops, just like we did during our most recent workshop in Qatar, where we worked with teachers and students from eight different international schools – some coming to TOK for the first time; others with much more experience. Michael is just as comfortable delivering a workshop for a handful of teachers in a small classroom, as he is for an assembly hall filled with 100 students. modules.
60 Minute online orientations
Our shortest workshops are our 60 minute online orientations. These guide new members through the overall rationale of the site, where to find all the different resources, and how to use them to best effect in the classroom. They also give you the chance to ask any questions you may have about how best to deliver the TOK course, and integrate it with the rest of the DP.
Michael delivering a student workshop to 11 different schools in Doha for the Gulf English School
January 2020, GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL, DOHA. A whole-day workshop for TOK teams from 11 different schools in Qatar, outlining how to create a great department, instill passion in your students, and adapt to the new syllabus changes for TOK. This was followed by a morning session for students from different schools in the same city, asking them to assess the importance and usefulness of TOK.
January 2019, UNITED WORLD COLLEGE, MAASTRICHT. A whole-day workshop for the TOK team at UWC Maastricht, on the most effective ways to motivate and inspire studnets, followed by two seminars with the whole DP1 cohort on the point of TOK, and what distinguishes a great critical-thinker.
January 2019, ST EDWARD’S SCHOOL, OXFORD. A half-day workshop, involving sessions on how to deliver an effective TOK course, and integrate it with the rest of the IB Diploma.
April 2018, BRITISH SCHOOL OF MANILA. An online workshop introducing the Big Question framework, and fielding questions regarding how to adapt to this way of delivering the course.
February 2018, INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF LUXEMBOURG. A follow-up workshop, consolidating the 8BQ approach with ISL’s TOK team (whole day), followed by a morning session with their students on the TOK presentation.
January 2018, INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF PARIS. A whole-day workshop, involving two sessions for non-TOK teachers on how to incorporate TOK in their lessons, one session for TOK teachers on the 8 Big Questions, and a final session for students on the nature of TOK, and why we do it.
November 2017, NEWTON COLLEGE, LIMA. A two-hour workshop on ‘Rebooting TOK’ for seven different DP schools in Lima, explaining the BQ framework, and why this is represents a superior way of delivering the course compared to the traditional approach.
January 2017, INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF LUXEMBOURG. A whole-day workshop for the 12 person TOK team at ISL on how to restructure their course based on the 8 ‘Big Questions’, and the type of TOK lessons this produces + a 2-hour seminar for their Year 11 cohort (approx. 100 students) on the purpose and importance of TOK, and linking TOK skills to the presentation.
Michael with the TOK team at ISL
January 2016, YAMANASHI GAKUIN HIGH SCHOOL, KOFU. A series of online consultations aiding the design and delivery of a pre-TOK critical thinking course for Y11 students.
January 2016, STEPHEN PERSE FOUNDATION, CAMBRIDGE. In association with Cambridge University Press, teacher workshop (for IB and non-IB schools in the region) on placing critical thinking at the heart of the learning experience.
December 2015, ST EDMUND’S COLLEGE, HERTFORDSHIRE. Teacher workshop on ‘We’re All TOK Teachers’ + student workshop on ‘Think Different’.
November 2015, EYÜBOGLU EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, ISTANBUL In Association with Cambridge University Press, Key note speech at the 14th Annual International Students’ ToK Youth and Culture Conference.
November 2015, ROYAL SOCIETY OF ARTS ACADEMY, BIRMINGHAM. Teacher workshop on ‘Putting TOK at the Heart of the IB Diploma’ + student seminar on ‘Mastering the TOK Essay’ and ‘It’s Good to Be Confused’.
August 2015, NESIBE AYDIN COLLEGE, ANKARA. An association with Cambridge University Press, teacher workshop on ‘Putting TOK at the Heart of the IB Diploma’ for multiple international schools in Turkey.
June 2015, ST JULIAN’S SCHOOL, LISBON. A whole day TOK student seminar for five of the international schools in Lisbon.
Comments on our workshops
As well as the hugely positive reviews of our workshops, you can also see what people have been saying about our teaching and learning resources, and the support we provide our customers, on this page. Note that all the testimonials were unsolicited – and we very much appreciate our members taking the time to write to us.
Great ideas for new and innovative practices and approaches to teaching the course.
Good preparation with tools, tactics and new ideas. Very helpful.
Very practical, and offered concrete ideas on how to approach the course.
Terrific opportunity to collaborate and share ideas with the speaker and my colleagues.[This will] Help students how to understand ToK better by improved teaching schedule and lesson structure.
The structure of the 8 questions programme makes so much more sense.
theoryofknowledge.net is the world’s most popular online resource for TOK, attracting over one million hits every year, and thousands of readers of the every month.
The site’s creator, Michael Dunn, is one of the world’s highest profile TOK educators, and with his Big Question framework and DP Integration Tool has done more than anyone else to reboot the delivery of the course. Schools in more than 100 countries are members of the site, and use his approach to teach TOK.
Book a TOK workshop
Download our workshop fees here. Note that any school signing up for a three-module workshop receives a free year’s Full Access membership to the site. We also offer state-funded schools a 10% discount on our fees.
Feel free to ask any question, request any form of support, and enquire about any type of workshop activity by emailing us at email@example.com, or by using the form below. We’ll get back to you very quickly.