Revision is one of the keys to success

By Friday, December 9, 2016 , , , 0

Yes, I admit that it feels a little early to be talking about revision – but truly, it is that time of the year!  In fact, to be honest, if you have not started revising your first year physics on a regular basis, you are already late. The IB course changed a few years ago, and this present year is only the second year to have taken the exams. If you look on the web at comments made for last year’s ...

INTERNAL ASSESSMENT: THE CURSE OF OPTIMISM

THE CURSE OF OPTIMISM   Of course, I'm not against optimism.  And just to show what a positive blog this is I'm kicking off with a couple of happy songs, courtesy of YouTube ("Happy" and "Happy Talk"). Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwIddYGse9g But to be honest, this blog is not so much the curse of optimism as the curse of optimistic marking.   November IA “November schools” (mostly schools in the Southern Hemisphere) have been uploading their files and marks for the November session. Unless you only have five students, the ...

Computational Thinking for All Educators

Recently there has been a lot of talk about "coding", and about the difference between "coding" and "programming".  In several of the articles I read discussing these issues, a free Google online course was mentioned:  Computational Thinking for Educators.  So I went to investigate.  The "real time" experience of this course is over, but all the materials are online, and you are welcome to explore it at your leisure as a self-study program.  The course was designed to help Humanities, Math, ...

Working with Laban technique

Recently I have been working in schools in Singapore, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka, and one thing I did with the students was explore ways into theatre creation and character work using some Laban technique. This blog will outline some of the ways in to using movement as a starting point for creating work, and will also provide readers with some movement vocabulary they can use with other people they are working with. Laban movement Stage 1 - Understanding your own ...

WHAT CAME FIRST, THE MUSIC OR THE ERA?

By Monday, December 5, 2016 , , , 0

  In IB Music we study the classical music eras of: Middle Ages (9th to 14th centuries) Renaissance (15th and 16th centuries) Baroque (1600 - 1750) Classical (1750 - 1820) Romantic (1820 - 1910) Modern or Contemporary (1910 to the present) Often students ask about what came first, the music or the era?  As I was thinking about how we teach eras often classifying music by characteristics, I realized this answer is multi-faceted.  Music has developed and evolved in small steps through ...

Going Dutch – top class universities and colleges in The Netherlands

Looking for affordable, top class, Higher Education taught in English?  Then look no further than The Netherlands (Holland). The Netherlands offers 3 main streams of Higher Education: University, University of Applied Sciences and Liberal Arts & Sciences Colleges  (additionally, there are specialist Technical Schools and Arts Colleges).  Many of these Higher Education institutions feature in The QS Top 200 Universities in the World. What do you need to be eligible to enter a Dutch University or College?  A passing grade in a ...

SIX TIPS FOR YOUR VISUAL ARTS COMPARATIVE STUDY

My year 2 students are in the process of finalizing their Comparative Study and my year 1 students are undertaking a ‘mini’ Comparative Study to introduce them to some of the important concepts and ideas. Here are six things I’m emphasizing to both groups. 1 Know what the examiner wants! Do you know what the assessment criteria are? It will really help the structure and content of your comparative study if you become familiar with the things the examiner is looking for. If you ...

Iris Murdoch and the irresistible attraction of the Good

The writer and philosopher Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) was fascinated by the intimate connection between ‘truth’, ‘beauty’ and ‘good’ in Plato’s dialogues. In the late Timaeus dialogue, written after The Republic, Plato introduces a divine figure, the ‘demiurge’, literally ‘the architect’, who inspired by his love for the Form of the Good creates the universe from pre-existent and therefore necessarily imperfect material. Murdoch sees in the story of the ‘demiurge’ the answer to the previous limitations of The Republic. Through the ...

History Paper 2 SL/HL: the move to Global War

This blog was written by Joe Gauci, an experienced IB teacher and author of a range of OSC History guides. This revision guide aims to provide you with a clear description of the course content for the IBDP History syllabus Paper 1, covering all the required topics within the prescribed subject: the Move to Global War. Success on History Paper 1 requires a combination of mastery of a range of techniques in answering the source-based questions and a secure understanding of the ...

Introduction to History Paper 2 SL/HL: the Cold War

This blog was written by Sam Olofsson, an experienced IB teacher and author of History: Route 2 - The Cold War. I have had the pleasure of teaching IB history for over 20 years, mainly at Malmö Borgarskola in Sweden but also on revision courses in England and in the United States. It is my hope that this guide will give students the best possible help when preparing for exams. My main aim is to encourage students to practise structuring essays. Each section ...