Celebrating 35 years of international education


  • Do you consider yourself to be “political”? Why or why not?
    • No, because I am not really educated in current news and don’t have any credibility if I were to make a political argument.
  • What does it mean to be political?
    • Means to be invested in politics.
  • Is everything political? Why or why not?
    • I don’t think that everything is political because most things don’t concern or change the general population. For example, me deciding whether or not to eat breakfast tomorrow would not be political.
  • How important do you feel it is to be aware of what is going on in politics?
    • Not that important because most of us are insignificant in the grand scheme of things and won’t be able to change much even if we were educated.
  • What are the political issues that you believe are most important right now and why?
    • Racial issues and sexuality issues because these issues affect those without a say in the matter. They are being discriminated against for being born.

TOK End of Semester Reflection

During the first semester, we considered knowledge questions related to “Knowledge and the Knower” and “Knowledge and Technology.” Looking back, what learning engagements stand out to you the most and why? 

My favorite project was when we looked at how knowledge has been stored throughout the ages. I enjoyed the final outcome of the project and felt that we had a unique take on the assignment, while still being educational.

In what ways, if any, has your perspective shifted as a result of your participation in this course so far?

I feel like I have always had an open mind and my perspective always changes after I am presented with new knowledge and information. Specifically, during the first semester, my perspective changed in regards to technology and how rapidly it has advanced, and how it will continue to do so. Since I am one of those people who spends a large portion of my time on Instagram and youtube,  when I learned that it’s all a trap meant to attract your attention I realized that do fall victim to that, and even though I know this now I still may be a little addicted and it’s hard to get rid of it.

Looking ahead to the exhibition requirement, what do you want to keep in mind?

I have my eyes set on the few question that I find the most interesting and have a few objects that relate to those questions. Finding a correlation between each of the objects still seems a little difficult for me to do so I will work on that. Also, the word count seems a little low.

Thinking back on the writing you have done so far in the course, what can you do to continue to hone your skills?

I do feel as though my writing has somewhat improved throughout the course of this class mainly because I prefer this style of writing, where it can be opinion-based as long as it’s supported with evidence. The only way to improve my writing is to read similar pieces as to what we write in class and to continue writing.

Ways of Knowing <3

The ways of knowing are sense perception, emotion, language, reason, faith, imagination, memory and intuition. In this passage, I will select and compare two of these ways of knowing, in order to determine which one between these two are more likely to lead to the truth. The two ways of knowing that I’ve decided to compare are memory and faith. To determine which one of these two is more likely to lead to the truth, a definition of truth is needed. According to Britannica, truth is beliefs, thoughts, or propositions that are said, in ordinary discourse, to agree with the facts or to state what is the case.

Faith is believing in something or someone specific; therefore, faith can be expressed in many different ways. In most cases, faith is expressed as religions and ideologies, and there can be many different ones, as they differ from culture to culture and from individual to individual. This way of knowing can be very personal and very truthful to many people; however, can faith usually lead to truth? Faith usually makes you believe in dogmas, so it might prevent you from thinking critically about something different from them. However, some principles stated by ideologies can lead to a unitary vision and respect of the rules in regard to each other’s well-being. Therefore, faith can be interpreted in many ways, and it is up to an individual to have it or not and in what. Faith can often lead to a personal truth, but an overall inexactness due to personal or religious beliefs.

Memory is the ability to remember things such as experiences, people, names, and information in general. Memory can provide us with stored information about anything that we might have been through in our lives that we can remember.  Memory can only provide us with partial information on something; for example, a person will not remember every single thing he or she did throughout the day, but instead, will only retain events that were more relevant. This might usually lead to the truth on certain aspects and unreality on others. Memories also tend to change over time, which also causes an individual to believe in something that is, in fact, not entirely true. Though this is likely to happen, memory is essential in our everyday lives, without memory, we wouldn’t be able to do anything more than once without problems and is also crucial for our personal connections to others. Memory represents facts, and events that actually happened, therefore, are based on evidence, and it is a vital way of knowing, which often leads to truth.


Hi, my name is Avery.

What do you know for sure, and how do you know it?

I think that their is no way to prove that anyone knows anything at all. They only thing people can claim they know something is from their own personal experiences. The entire concept of knowing is based entirley off of human perspective alone. Something is big or small compared to us, I know that an apple is small but an ant would recognize it as big. Not only is what we know limited through a humans perspective there is no way to know every perspective of every person as its differen’t from yours. What they know is based of their experience and others shared experiences. For example my red is different from the red of a color blind person, or even from your red there is know way to know as we are told that that color you identify as red is red. Knowing is also very closely linked to memory which is also untrustable. I ‘know’ 2+2=4 because I remember it but if I remembered that 2+2=5 that would be what I know.

Drawing Folio Reflection

      • How could observational drawing be a useful technique in the define & enquire phase of the design process?
        • Observational drawing helps the artist discover what it is that they want to create or at least be inspired by certain things they see around them.
      • Briefly describe what you did for the observational drawing part of the unit
        • For the observational drawing the class was tasked to draw quickly along with challenges, a few of them being; with the left hand, or without looking at the paper. Next we were asked to draw more detailed objects though this time with different equipment. Cutlery with a pen, a clear object with a pencil, and fruits with colored pencils.
      • What is visualization drawing and what are the biggest challenges?
        • Adding depth to my drawings is definitely the most challenging for me. For simple objects such as a box that is easier for me to do however when it comes to things such as an apple, which isn’t as straight or simple as a box making it seem 3d and more realistic is difficult for me.                                
      • Briefly describe what you did for the visualization drawing part of the unit (ideas for ISB logo)
        • For the visualization part of the unit we had to come up with logo ideas for the 40th anniversary of ISB. Since our school’s animal is a dragon, I decided to focus my logos ideas around that since it’s more interesting. However, I later realized that the dragon that our school represent is a “less scary” dragon than the ones that I drew.

Typography reflection:

Typography reflection

  1. What is typography and why is it important for designers to understand?
    1. typography is when you arrange texts to make it appealing to look at and readable. It is important because it helps an image to have words that flow with the rest of the image.
  2. What is the most useful or interesting thing you learned during this unit?
    1. During this unit, I learned of different typefaces and what they are used for.
  3. Briefly describe your process for the page layout task and include images

Designer Personna

Avery MAloney


Describe the process of creating your vector portrait. What were the biggest challenges? How did your skills improve over time?

The biggest challenge for me was begining to know the controls, for example how to fill, how to curve the line. Once I learned how to do those things it was smooth sailing from there.

How does your poster’s aesthetic reflect who you are as a designer?

It shows how I take the simplist approach. I think that going into too much detail defeats the purpose of it being a cartoon.

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