Fall IB: TOK, Category 1 & 2

Category 1 workshops are designed to provide training and assistance for schools that have decided to apply for IB authorization. They are equally relevant for educators who are new to a school with an existing IB programme and those interested in joining an IB World School.

Category 2 workshops are designed to provide a forum for experienced IB educators, focusing on programme delivery. Emphasis is placed on assessment, teaching and learning methodologies, and exploring best practices in the classroom.

Keck Hall, statue of Edgar Lovett at Rice University in the fall

Category 1: This workshop is designed to prepare participants to teach theory of knowledge (TOK) in a manner that supports the IB mission statement and philosophy. The workshop will focus on:
+ developing an understanding of the IB mission and philosophy through the DP programme model as a context for a holistic learning experience
+ the Theory of knowledge guide (first teaching September 2013, first examinations 2015), and associated assessment requirements with practice marking activities of sample student work
+ structuring a TOK course that integrates authentic assessment and encourages students to make links across the DP that will enhance their understanding
+ the dynamic nature that exists between creativity, activity, service (CAS) and TOK when emphasizing the importance of reflecting and developing self-awareness 
+ IB Programme standards and practices (January 2014)
+ using the programme resource centre (formerly the online curriculum centre, or OCC) to access IB publications and network with other IB educators.

Category 2: This workshop is designed for participants who are keen to improve the teaching and learning experience in the TOK classroom. The workshop will focus on:
+ assessing the links between IB programme standards and practices (January 2014) to enhance the teaching and learning experience
+ exploring strategies to improve student access to the DP; for example, differentiating the curriculum and offering multilingual classrooms
+ addressing aspects of assessment in TOK to ensure that teaching and learning activities promote student achievement
+ integrating TOK across all subjects in the DP to help students make cross-disciplinary links
+ examining the dynamic nature that exists between creativity, activity, service (CAS) and TOK when emphasizing the importance of reflection and developing self-awareness
+ implementing DP policies and procedures.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42883 Sue Bastian On-campus 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday and Monday; 9 a.m.-noon, Tuesday Sunday, October 7, 2018

Instructor: Sue Bastian

Sue Bastian has served the IB for more than three decades. She has held roles ranging from the International School in Manila, Philippines to the United Nations School in New York City where she now lives. During this time her roles include teacher, workshop leader, Curriculum Review Chair, textbook author and Chief Assessor. Sue received the IB Inspiration Award at the IBNA’s 30th Anniversary celebration in 2005 and the TOK Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. Sue is known as one of the architects of the TOK program in its formative years, a course she believes continuously reminds her why she went into teaching as a “passion of worth."

Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: Oct. 07, 2018

End Date: Oct. 09, 2018

Schedule: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday and Monday; 9 a.m.-noon, Tuesday

Length: Sunday-Tuesday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $890

Early Registration: $840 if registering by July 7

Late Registration: $940 if registering after September 21

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 15

Continuing Education Units (CEU): 1.5