Pre-IB (2): The ‘what’ of TOK

The ‘what’ of TOK refers to the knowledge produced by human thought. Human knowledge is divided  into Areas of Knowledge (AoKs). Those units generally combine subjects which have similar methods, scope and goals. There are eight of them. Natural Sciences, Human Sciences, History, Mathematics, the Arts, Indigenous Knowledge, Ethics, and Religious Knowledge. TOK will not only make you look at these areas of human thought from a new perspective but it will also highlight the connections and differences between them ...

Pre-IB (1): What on Earth is TOK?

When asked about what makes IB students better ready for university than others, admissions officers tend to highlight two things, the Extended Essay and TOK. TOK, which is short for Theory of Knowledge could be regarded as the heart and the crown of the IB. It forms the foundation of the whole programme and it elevates the DP curriculum to a level of sophistication not achieved by other qualifications. Sure, it is possible to pursue courses in Critical Thinking outside ...

PRE IB: What should I expect from the IB course?

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This blog was written by John Chilton, an experienced IB Physics teacher. To read more blogs written by John, click here. There are two main answers to this question: 1. Academic The IB will give you an excellent grounding in the subjects you study. Your will learn about 6 subjects in some detail, and can use these subjects to help you decide on what you might wish to read at university, or in the workplace. The level will be good and you will ...

PRE IB: Am I doing the right thing by choosing to study the IB?

This blog was written by John Chilton, an experienced IB Physics teacher. To read more blogs written by John, click here. Of course you are!  If you have chosen the IB for the right reasons, then it is obviously the right choice. Ignore anyone who tells you otherwise. Having said this, there are a couple of other things worth noting: The IB is a better system of education. This is not true. The IB is simply an alternative to other educational systems - it ...

PRE IB: How to become a successful IB student

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This blog was written Jean-Marc Pascal, an experienced IB Philosophy teacher. To read more Philosophy blog for students and teachers, click here. What does it take to become a successful IB student? First of all, you must be both open-minded and genuinely interested in ‘learning’. By ‘learning’, I do not mean learning information, parrot fashion, with the sole intention of regurgitating it, word for word, on examination day. This is obviously not what learning is about. It should, instead, be regarded ...

PRE IB: Getting ahead in IB Geography

This blog was written by experienced Geographer Garrett Nagle.  You can read more student and teacher blogs by Garrett here. The new Geography syllabus, which will be taught from September 2017 and examined for the first time in May 2019 begins with a quote from an IB Student from the British School in Rio de Janeiro: ‘Geography is the only subject that has given me the skills to interpret and understand reality in a way I could not imagine before and ...

PRE IB: Studying, Reading, and Rereading… A Study Method for History

This blog was written by David M. Smith - Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School History is a challenging subject to study.  On the one hand, you need to master several skills like essay writing and source analysis.  To use these skills, however, you need to have a strong base in content... the people, places and events of history. So here is a step by method for studying history: Build a study schedule Walk backwards from the exam date to the current date, mapping out ...

PRE IB: What to Expect in IB History

This blog was written by David M. Smith - Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School What is in store for you as you embark on one or two years of IB History? Let’s look at some of the features of this course to give you a better idea what you have signed on for. The first thing to understand about IB History, indeed any IB course, is that it values depth over breadth.  In other words, it doesn’t just want to stuff more ...

PRE IB: ATL… Helping with the Climb

This blog was written by David M. Smith - Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School In the previous post we looked at how Bloom’s Taxonomy can be applied to the IB History Course.  Now let’s look at how IB helps with you climb up “Mount Bloom.”  In IB we call this ATL or Approaches to Teaching and Learning.  ATL is based on a set of beliefs, backed by research, as to how students learn and how teachers can best help with this ...

PRE IB: What to Expect in IB History – The Structure

This blog was written by David M. Smith - Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School You will be studying IB History at either the Higher Level (HL), a two-year course, or at the Standard Level (SL) which can be either one or two years.  While every teacher approaches things a bit differently, there are some elements that are common to all IB History courses.  The first was laid out in the previous blog – Approaches to Teaching and Learning (ATL).  Here are ...