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My notes from the field.
TOK TALK: AN EXPLORATION OF ETHNOMATHEMATICS
Back in 2019, Mr Daniel from Ghana joined my TOK class to blow our minds with a fascinating possibility: Mathematics need not necessarily be universal. He introduced us to to 'Kente Weaving', an Akan tradition that incorporated deep knowledge of triangular numbers into patterns of thread. Through his perspective, we were able to extract the insight that the distinction between Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics was nowhere as universal as we tend to assume- and that indigenous knowledge systems might have more of a handle on interdisciplinary thinking than we could imagine. The exploration humbled our lenses and definitely encouraged us to challenge some of our most deeply held assumptions about mathematics being a closed system.
PSY-FI: CAN WE PLEASE EASE LEARNERS INTO THE IA?
Year after year, we see the tragedies of pushing our SL and HL baby birds head-first into the IA in the last semester of DP Year 2. I've steadily observed the pitfalls of treating the IA like an afterthought and strongly recommend that we do otherwise. My recommendation? Develop Assessment Objective 4 (AO4) early on in the DP course through mini-practicums: challenge them over time to shift from critiquing surveys to creating their own, or from analysing studies to designing their own experiments. I like to challenge them with a 'practical' element every semester- and savour how much this reshapes their ongoing relationship with the quantum of studies in DP Psychology. Virtual labs like APA's Online Psychology Laboratory have also helped me weave in practical elements through the pandemic. Try this, and you never know, you might just see your baby birds fly!