I employ multiple teaching approaches and any tool that leverages learning. I’m not afraid to try a new tack if I see where it will yield benefits. I look for new ways to present texts that resonate with students.
Teaching TOK has required a great deal of inventiveness. I had to consider a wide range of tools and approaches. There is no standard or prescribed approach for teaching this interdisciplinary course, but the priority is for students to think critically and examine how they know what they know. There are only two assessments, both fairly short, so students must make tough choices about what topics to discuss, how to explain them, and how to structure their responses.
Teaching this interdisciplinary course has allowed me not only to draw from multiple sources and materials, but also to explore modes of teaching. Over time the course requirements changed, as did the number of the students in my classes. This meant that my teaching approaches must also change. My teaching approaches have included:
Some of the trips I’ve taken with students that have shaped me as an educator include...