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    MichaelQuatro, RachealMoran, Saenz, John-DavidBowman, Michael Quatro

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    Jan 15, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recomend Theory of Knowledge with Mr. Bowman because it gives students and the teacher and opportunity to reflect critically on diverse ways of knowing and on areas of knowledge by discussion.

    Course highlights:

    From this course, I learned gives an opportunity to consider the role and nature of knowledge in our own culture, in the cultures of others, and in the wider world. I also learned to be aware of myself as a thinker and to become more acquainted with the complexity of knowledge.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    To take this course, I suggest to be open-minded and a risk-taker. Students need to be willing to consider different ideas and opinions during group discussions. They also need to act on doing something that involves risk in order to achieve their goal such as speaking their mind .

    • Fall 2016
    • John-DavidBowman
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Great Discussions Requires Presentations
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    Nov 21, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    The one class that affected me personally was Theory of Knowledge. It was a philosophy class I was required to take in order to receive my IB diploma. The class started 2nd semester of Junior year and ended after the first semester of Senior year. In simple words this class allowed me to be adventurous. I developed new perspectives, it gave me the confidence to share my perspectives and talk more within and out of class, and it taught me to agree as well as disagree with people so that I can be conscientious of who I am and the role I play in the world.

    Course highlights:

    Within class, there were open discussions of free will, religion, science, selfishness, and much more. As these discussions progressed and became more lively, I was always reminded of light beams shining through the class as more perspectives and arguments were revealed. By the end of class, I would imagine thousands of light rays shining within the class and my peers (including myself) enlightened by the knowledge we gained. I would always admire our teacher, Mr. Quatro, for not telling us what is right or wrong with his apparent higher knowledge but rather stand quietly in the corner guiding our discussion. Because of this, we were able to stay on task but also have the freedom to explore the depths of each concept. The thing that affected me most however, was how much I learned about life in that class. I was taught to be aware of where I am and not get absorbed in the mundane ways of life. I was taught to speak out against things I don’t believe in but at the same time be open to new arguments, people, and ideologies. I was taught to appreciate the value of education and realize that education is “the job of a lifetime”. This class was significant to me because I developed myself there. It gave me a reason as to why we learn and as a student we do not get the answer to that question very often. It inspired me to be a lifelong learner and create a better world through “intercultural understanding”.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    This course is basically philosophy which means 1 and a half hours of discussion time in class. Be insightful and be active. Time goes by really quickly when you involve yourself in the discussion. Do the readings and take notes so you can provide your deep thoughts during class.

    • Fall 2016
    • Michael Quatro
    • Yes
    • Participation Counts Great Discussions Requires Presentations
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    Jan 18, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because it evaluates a variety of perspectives about the acquirement of knowledge and helps students develop skills for debate-style curriculum.

    Course highlights:

    I learned the different Ways of Knowing (WOKs) and Areas of Knowledge (AOKs).

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Stay on top of the work and maintain an open-minded perspective.

    • Spring 2016
    • John-DavidBowman
    • Yes
    • Many Small Assignments A Few Big Assignments Great Discussions

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