Real life situations for mathematics
Although the ‘heart’ of TOK is the concept of the knowledge question, you explore these questions – in both the essay and the presentation – via real life situations. These can be either experiences that you have had yourself (in DP lessons, during CAS projects, and events that have happened outside the school), or issues that you’ve read about, and that are going on in the world right now.
Good real life situations should be engaging, up-to-date, original, and lead on naturally to questions about knowledge. They should also relate to one or more ways of knowing and areas of knowledge. Finally, they should also help to answer one of our 8 Big Questions. This is our framework for the exploration of the TOK course, and acts as another lens (along with the WOKs and AOKs) through which we can view and focus on what’s going on in the world.
Our newsletter for TOK provides teachers and students with real life situations taken from a massive range of sources from around the world. You can subscribe to the free version of the newsletter here, giving you access to 8 new RLSs every month. If you’d like to ‘go pro’, and receive the premium newsletter, giving you access to 15 RLSs in depth, and 5 further ‘quick’ RLSs, then choose one of our memberships. These also provide you with innovative and engaging lesson resources for TOK, that combine with the newsletter to create an incredible experience for students.
We’ve picked out a few examples of the sort of real life situations for mathematics that have featured in the newsletter; note that in the premium newsletter, we also provide an outline of the RLS, more KQs, and a guide for how to analyse each story in more detail.
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