Monday, April 8, 2013

March Madness Wrap-Up w/ WOK & AOK

Activity One:  Shooting Hoops

Objective:  Students will analyze and evaluate how ways of knowing and areas of knowledge are used in decision-making processes for NCAA brackets in order to infer discuss and infer knowledge issues.
Can you make the basket?
What role does sense perception play in making the basket?
Class Discussion & Tweeting #IBPHS 


Activity Two: PHS Staff

How did these staff members choose their brackets (choose 2)?
Listen and take notes.
What ways of knowing and/or areas of knowledge are operating in their picks for their brackets?  Why?
PHS Brackets:


Activity Three: President Obama

Video: Barack-etology
What ways of knowing and/or areas of knowledge does President Obama use to make his bracket picks?  Explain your thinking.

Activity Four: Nate Silver

Video: Nate Silver on the NCAA bracket

Nate Silver Article 

What does Nate Silver say about the NCAA bracket?  Does it agree or disagree with the PHS staff and President Obama's methodology?  Explain your thinking.


Activity Five: Exit Ticket

Post your responses in the comment section below.

Question + KI and your take on it.

Q:What ways of knowing and/or areas of knowledge do you rely on to weigh odds?  
Provide 2 examples. 

Your take on your KI:__________________________________________________

~Anonymous (in drop down menu)
~First name only



  1. BENAY

    KI: To what extent does emotion carry ones reasonable decision making?

    My take on KI:
    1. When someone is upset with someone else and they decide to harm them, would they do that while in a calmer mood of if they werent upset with that person?

    2. Playing poker (or another type of gambling game). if you are currently winning and become a bit cocky with your winning streak, are you still inclined to the same careful decision-making as one who is losing?

    3. Politics/Religion; ones beliefs truly have an effect on their emotion towards it. Democrats vs. Republicans and Christians vs. Muslims. here are two prime examples of controversies in todays world that involve much more emotion that reasonable content.

  2. Junior "The Great"
    I try to have an even mix of logic and emotion. However, there is no balanced mixed. Speaking of the Bracket, Georgetown and Miami were both emotional picks. However they were both eliminated and Georgetown was booted out the first round ( MAJOR UPSET) Then Louisville and Indiana were logical picks. To what extend was emotion involved in my bracket, it consumed about half of it.
    KI: To what extent does the acknowledgement of emotional bias affect our decision.

  3. Romance
    Question: when weighing odds I try to use reason and perception but it eventually leads into emotions. Personally Im a indecisive person because Im afraid of the outcome, so I try to weight out all of the options. For example, last year when completing the brackets I based it solely on emotion and what school I liked more than the skill level of the school. Another example is she trying to make food decisions, I try to buy what I want based on how much money I have. Its not really based in craving(emotion) Its about how much I have and what I need in the future (reasoning

  4. KI: to what extent does reason affect how someone makes decisions.
    Reason doesn't really play a role in decision making due to the fact that people have feelings and try to incorporate that into reasoning, but if your rational its rare its due to emotions.
    Romance continued

  5. Nathaniel

    How does emotion affect our ability to make decisions?
    Emotion is the driving force that affects what we do. As humans it's completely normal to use our emotions in everything we do. For example, if a student is sleepy when they wake up it will.affect their decision to stay home and stay sleep. Also, in the court room if a person is scared to testify then it will affect their decision to not testify. Our emotions goes directly to our actions.

  6. Belleh

    They relied on reason/emotion and history while weighing the odds.

    kI: To what extent does our personal affiliation clouds our perception of a situation?

    Judging from the various methods in which people used in weighing the odds between teams. Most of the teachers tried using logic while making team decisions, I believe it depends on the Stance of the person. I noticed the teachers felt to their emotions, choosing this favorite teams to go through rather than using statics in making a decision.

  7. William

    Q: the ways of knowing that i normally use to way the odds are my persecution and reason. And the areas of knowing are mathematical data and the history of the problem.
    KI: to what extent do ways of knowing and areas of knowing affect our way of handling the ways we weigh odds.
    My take on this is that even though i acknowledge the way i weigh odds, out will still end ass a gamble.

  8. Stella

    Personally although I believe that all ways of knowing are interconnected I would have to say that I rely on perception and reason the most. Being an emotional person I've learned no to lean on my emotion as much although it can be difficult due to past experiences. If I would personally decide to do a bracket I would pick a team who I thought has performed well throughout the season or who has a strong defense personally. Or if I were to decide on the chances of it raining I would look at how the weather has been from the days prior to, how I felt about the weather, and what the reporters have said.
    KI: To what extent does perception and reason influence ones process of weighing the odds of a situation?

    Personally I feel as though these WOK are more reliable therefore they would influence my process of weighing the odds heavily.

  9. Aaliyah

    In order to weigh out odds, you can rely on reason as well as statistics (Math). For example, you can use statistics to determine which team is on top, and see their record in order to determine when they would rank in a NCAA bracket. Also, you would be able to use reason because statistics are not always reliable, because there could be a team with a bad record, yet they could have gained enough skill level in order to win their way to the top of the bracket.

    KI: How does emotion play a role in decision making?

    When making decisions, of course you must reason to determine a decision, yet a lot of times, our emotions tend to conflict with our reasoning. For example, in the bracket, if a person likes a particular team that is not even a top contender, yet roots for them to go all the way, it wouldn't really make sense for one to assume this if their statistics don't even prove this to be true. Emotion often conflict with what we like to call our own "common sense".

  10. Paige
    To what extent does out perception or biases effect of judgment in choosing odds? When people do the brackets they try and choose the bigger teams against the smaller teams and from time to time choose an underdog based on how well there season is going. Using stats like Nate Silver did is very strategical and can help choose a better bracket, but when our perception of a better team is thinking that they will always beat an underdog then they would more than likely be chosen. So out perception would be jaded to choose the underdog

  11. Esther
    To what extent does reasoning affect probability.
    In track races on every race we mostly to run a seeds time is require. There is a usually three of us the typical run around the same time automically.No ever expects a a change but when it's regional championships everyone expects the unexpected reasoning cannot be true to probability due many not sure.The redskins team for example surprise everyone.So reasoning in probabity differs.

  12. Brittney
    I rely on emotion and reason to weigh odds. In the case of choosing what college to enroll to I based it on what college I liked best along with the programs they had. I also relied on emotion and reason when deciding what laptop I wanted based on the features I need and how I felt about its appearance.
    KI: To what extent does gender affect our use of emotion in weighing odds?
    I think that gender does have some affect on emotion in weighing odds because women tend to use their emotions more then men when evaluating.

  13. Traje

    KI is to what extent does ones emotions play in making decisions?

    I feel like people rely on history to weigh the odds. Like I believe it was in the Obama video when he was talking about the coaches And how they coached to lead the team to victory.

    Also I believe that people's emotions encourage people to choose the team that they want to win.

    I feel like Obama used emotions and reason topics his brackets. I feel as though he choose some of his brackets to impress society so that he won't be judged. Even though he might of been joking when he said I'm only picking this because.....told me too there is some truth behind this. He defiantly had a strategy behind his selections. It stood out to me that he didn't choose his home town when it came down to them. He also selected underdogs when he selected his teams. There was divinely reasoning behind his sections and opinion because he believed that certain teams that people would think would win would because if the way that they were playing.

  14. Elijah
    2 ways of knowing that I use is reason and emotion.
    KI: What role does reason and emotion play in predicting occurrences. I think that they both go hand in hand when weighing odds. Since odds are not definite or guaranteed, and reason can only go but so far, a great amount of emotion thinking is needed to come to the best conclusions for weighing the odds.

  15. Linda

    I think that we rely on emotion, reason, and the perceptions we acquire from past experiences to make choices in general, and especially in NCAA brackets. I noticed from the activities that many people relied on their preferences, and who they liked the most in order to choose winners. Some people used reasoning by researching the statistics and the performance of every team in order to decide the winner, while others used their perception of a team(strong players and very consistent) in order to choose a winner. These ways of knowing influenced our decision making process.

    KI: to what extent can emotion hinder decision making?
    Emotion prevents us from considering other points of views and other factors that have a greater effect on a circumstance. For example, the PHS staff and Obama looked at what teams they like instead of how well the team performs, and if reason was used then many people would be able to receive more wins for their brackets ( or close).
    On the other hand, emotion can help us act more quickly than our reasoning. With logic and reasoning, one would have to consider all factors that play into their performance, but emotion pushed us to make a decision based on perception and preferences.

  16. ~Kayla~

    To what extent do emotions affect the decisions we make?

    (In regard to the brackets)

    My take on this is that, emotions do affect the decisions we make. I think that by picking the teams, we like, it is not guaranteed that they will win, because we are not necessarily focused on how good they are compared to other teams. Your emotions can get in the way, and you may end up losing.

  17. Emotion and reason have the largest effect on how we weigh our odds and they correlate with one another. Emotion is the foundation for our other WOKs and reason not exempt. The both of them working together allow us to make the best decisions possible.

    KI: to what extent do WOKs influence ones judgment skills?
    WOKs influence our judgment skills on a daily basis. Those WOKs are taken into consideration when we make judgment on certain situations. Like I stated reasoning and emotion have the greatest influence on our judgment especially in correlation with each other.

  18. James
    I have found that reason and emotion have played big roles in determining the outcomes of the brackets. I realized that when I did my brackets I constantly asked myself: which teams has the best chance? Which teams do I like the most? My reasoning was leading me one way while my emotions were leading me another. In my personal bracket, I picked FGCU to go the final four to go the final four because I liked them. Their 'underdog' image was very appealing to me and influenced me to pick them. My emotions led me to make this decision because I was intrigued and believed that not only the top seeds had the best chance. I now realize that I disregarded my reason not basing my decisions on the seed of the teams and how well they performed in their regular season Therefore, to what extent can emotion influence our ability to make reasonable decisions?

  19. Michael:

    Two WOKs that I probably use to weigh odds, such as in the NCAA Tournament, are reason and emotion (to a lesser extent).

    KI: To what extent can reason and emotion (and possibly intuition) be significant in influencing how people weigh odds?

    Response to KI: Much of the time, people use reason to weigh odds. In March Madness, people look at how good teams have been in the past and how those teams are doing in the tournament and then make reasoned predictions on who will win. Emotions also play a role in this, especially if people strongly believe in a specific team to win the tournament. Intuition may also factor into this, since "gut feelings" can sway people to choose one team over others.

  20. The ways of knowing that I use the most to weigh the odds is perception and emotions. These two play a significant role in how I construct a conclusion. I'm not at peace if my emotions aren't incorporated with my perception.

    The knowledge issue is: to what extent does our emotions and perception hinder our ability to make correct decisio
    I believe that my KI allows one to comment and determine if ones beliefs are correct for analyzing a situation.

  21. Lovely :)

    To what extent is it reliable to use perception or reason to make definite decisions towards the playoffs?

    An area of knowledge, for which perception would be used in this case, is history. History because decisions are based off of performances of the teams from the past. Also, in terms of perception, sometimes decisions are based off of experiences and current knowledge about the teams and games. We recall those experiences from observations of how well or bad the games turned out to be after all.

    However, for the extent of definitely analyzing the playoffs and then making decisions based off of that analysis, it is more reliable to use reason. For example, Nate Silver didn't use any of his experiences towards the games to make his decisions of who will win. Rather, he used different sorts of statistical methods to analyze the games and make the decision of who will win. In addition he used tables to provide justifications for his statements.


  22. Jazmine A.

    To what extent does emotions cloud our judgement?
    Emotions in context to the brackets can cause you to make bad decisions just because you like the team. I can also make you use emotions in a situation where logic would be better suited. For example Obama and mr. Martin let their personal bias show on their brackets which made them lose & choose incorrectly

  23. Guyvin

    To What extent does Reason and Perception affect how we unpredictable decisions.

    I chose these two Ways of Knowing because they help in the decision making process. If your playing a game or making a guess between 1- 10 your going to pick try to pick a number within 1-5 or 6-10. When you look at a jar with a number of marbles in them you try to predict how many marbles look to be in there.

  24. To weigh the odds, I use emotion and reason. These WOKS create a knowledge issue that I always encounter...
    To what extent do we know whether to trust emotion or reason more in making decisions?

    I believe these WOKS are always used. Similar to the "follow your heart or head" scenario most of us are presented with. I think we find the answer in this knowledge issue by balancing them both. In any scenario, that's what I try to do. I use emotion to see what option makes me emotionally satisfied, but I use reason to analyze the pros and cons of each option. For instance, if you're looking for a job, and you're offered 2; one pays less but the environment is amazing, and another pays a bit more, but is absolutely miserable. Although reason tells you to go straight for more money, emotion tells you to go for the first option. We look at both factors to determine which job we take. Another example would be in choosing colleges. We don't go straight for the ones that are our favorite, but also at which is we are more economically ready for.


  25. When weighing out odds, I rely on reason, perception, and emotion.
    Choosing to be part of the IB program versus taking AP classes is an example. I had a hard deciding which one would be better for me. I had to consider which one will suit me better and be beneficial to my future (reason), while considering which one is better competitively (perception) and overall the decision making was emotional on my part trying to figure out what would be best, the work load and considering the teachers opinions especially those that nominated me for the program. ultimately there has to be a balance of reason, emotion and perception in order to make decisions. Therefore to what extent does our ways of knowing influence our judgment and decision making?


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