TOK Presentation Reflection

My real TOK presentation was about how we can potentially simplify knowledge about a topic, without sacrificing the main bulk of the information. I even included my own personal experience in BSJ on how topics are reintroduced with more information added to them and sometimes even negating the original information we learned. The jump from Y11 GCSE to Y12 IB Chemistry and Biology is a prime example of this happening and I included that in my presentation. With that I safely secured a 7/10 and I was given the option to redo it in February 2018. In my opinion, I don’t really think I need to redo it as a 7 secures at least 1 extra point to my final grade but a higher score would always be better.

I noticed in my presentation I didn’t mention how my topic links to personal or shared knowledge however that was briefly answered after the presentation when I was asked a question. If I choose to do so again, I’ll have to find a way to incorporate that into my presentation. I also felt my arguments were a bit lacking however there wasn’t much to go on in the first place, making this topic difficult. There was also the risk of being fixated on RLSs which was what I did in the first place. For my TOK essay, I should broaden my view and not focus so much on one aspect of my argument.

7 is an overall decent score that I’m happy with and I’m glad that it isn’t mandatory for me to redo it. I’m probably not going to because that’s just one more thing to stress about in the future. Now, the only thing involving TOK I need to tackle is the essay!

CAS Reflection 5

Recently, I attended my second CAS interview with Mr. Durok. Together we talked about my overall progress in CAS and went into much detail about how my service project, Sekolah Bisa Band, is going. We mainly talked about progress and how I am teaching the kids.

I reflected on what I was doing with the band. For example I felt that the amount of sessions that we were having was lacking. Since we do it once a week on a Monday, and we had to cancel due to various reasons, I felt that I went to 60% of weeks throughout the year. I’ve also been very lenient with the kids and Mr. Durok suggested that I try to be more assertive to prevent them from losing focus on practicing properly. He said “don’t be afraid to be the bad guy” and I agree with him. And honestly, it’s what I was afraid of when I started this.

I will also try to be more diligent in my blogging and updating my tracker.

Overall, CAS this year has been productive although I need more progress on my activity side. Can’t wait ’till next year!