Education works better when parents are involved. They can encourage their children, help clarify concepts, and draw on their own experiences to highlight the relevance of learning in real-world contexts.
TOK offers the best entry point for parents of any of the DP courses, and our 6 Big Questions provide the perfect framework for discussions around the dinner table!
The TOK for Parents folders
We structure the TOK course into 6 Big Questions, which invite students to explore different aspects of knowledge, how it is created, and ways in which we use it. For each BQ we provide a TOK for Parents folder, providing an overview of the key ideas and thinkers within the BQ, links to some of the media sources that we look at, and suggestions for how they can draw on their own experiences to help make TOK relevant to the real world.
Other ways to get involved
Parents can also access the TOK course via our other teaching and learning resources. Start with our monthly newsletter, which features the very latest news stories, and suggests ways to unpack and explore them. Knowledge Heroes focuses on 100 key thinkers who have completely changed the way we understand the world.
Investigating Issues picks a range of hot contemporary events, and provides you with the means to make sense of them via the TOK course. In TOK via TED, we connect some of the best ever talks to the different areas of knowledge and TOK themes. Finally, TOK Filmography suggests a range of thought-provoking movies, documentaries, and TV series that deal with some of the central ideas that we come across in TOK.
Set up a workshop to get your parents onboard!
Our workshops demonstrate to all teachers – whatever their level, programme, or specialisation – how they can develop authentic critical thinking.
They’re engaging, jargon-free, and hands-on, and provide practical takeaways that can be applied in the classroom to help students become nuanced knowers about the world. Find out more here, and read our workshop brochure here.