TSM is here

By Thursday, August 6, 2015 No tags 0

...and so the TSM (Teacher Support Material) for the new Biology syllabus is now posted on the OCC website:   The purpose of the teacher support material (https://ibpublishing.ibo.org 08/08/2014) Welcome to the Biology teacher support material (TSM). The biology subject guide for first assessment in 2016 represents a significant shift, in a number of aspects, from the previous biology course and this TSM is specifically designed to assist both new and experienced teachers to build or revise their course design so that it reflects the ...

ATTL and inquiry based learning

Aproaches to Teaching and Learning (ATTL or is it ATL?) represents a progressive and explicit focus from the IB on ensuring the philosophy of the organisation is delivered and experienced within the classroom. It was launched in January 2015 and it is to be hoped that you have been made aware of the plentiful resources available within the OCC Teaching via your Diploma Co-ordinator, If not, go explore. In essence, as teachers we are encouraged to ensure the deilivery of ...

International Society for Technology in Education / Kahoot

As teachers we are constantly put under pressure from the school community to remain current (or ahead of the game) when it comes to implementing technology into our classroom to deliver our biology curriculum. This brings with it many issues and one way to address these can be to establish a Professional learning network. One easy way to do this can be through the International Society for Technology in Education. To subscribe to the ISTE youtube channel go HERE. The organisation has "passionate educators, leaders and ...

The new IA – views from DP subject experts

The Group 4 IA is changing. For those teaching students in their first year of the DP, these changes will be taking effect now. As a teacher or a Head of School, do you know which methods and practices your school will be adopting? Some of OSC’s subject experts have written specific blogs on the changes and offer advice on how to approach them. Biology Chemistry. Article 1 | Article 2 Physics Design Technology

Internal Assessment

This is not a regular post, perhaps its an anomalous one (?) But please do no exclude it. I am presently moderating Internal Assessments and I feel compelled to write on behalf of all the moderators out there, who open up a bag of scripts to find not a single word has been written on the submitted labs. Please Please Please ANNOTATE your scripts. I know that the syllabus is changing and that the Internal Assessment has had a revamp etc. However, you will still ...

QR codes and display work

When creating posters around school have you ever thought something is missing? A student voice? QR codes can provide a quick and easy solution. Group 4 projects no longer need students to stand by there posters and explain etc. They can prepare a video on YouTube and make a link to it using a QR code for others to watch. etc etc etc.   Simply go to http://zxing.appspot.com/generator/ and use the drop down menu to decide what you wish to use the QR code ...

Goodbye Option D: Evolution II

Continuing from my last post, please see below for: D3 Human evolution D4 The Hardy–Weinberg principle D5 Phlogeny and systematics   D3 Human evolution The section starts with a section on carbon dating. I have found this activity to be an excellent inquiry based study. Perhaps use in a flipped lesson. When looking at the major anatomical features that define humans as primates I have used this link and the embedded video. Great way to start. This could possibly be followed with these videos that take ...

Goodbye Option D: Evolution

When I first started teaching the Diploma, my Head of Science at the time, enthused about Option D - Evolution unit as THE biology unit that best embodies the philosophy of the IBO (and I believe him to be right),  encapsulating the notion of commonality of all,   sharing the same common ancestors. I continued to teach option D for 18 years, and was therefore disappointed to find that the unit has now been broken up and sections removed. No more Human evolution, ...

Resources for building your own mesocosm

As summarised in my previous blog, Practical 5 Setting up sealed mesocosms to try to establish sustainability Guidance: Mesocosms can be set up in open tanks, but sealed glass vessels are  preferable because entry and exit of matter can be prevented but light can enter and heat can leave. Aquatic systems are likely to be more successful than terrestrial ones. The two key concepts addressed when studying a mesocosm include; A mesocosm as a model of a larger ecosystem A closed ecosystem, one in ...

Mandatory labs

By Saturday, January 3, 2015 , 2

There are seven mandatory labs that students are expected to complete, I refer to them as 6+1 as six fall within the Standard course and one within the Higher level course (its perfectly acceptable to include the HL lab within the PSOW of the SL course). Understandings of these labs / practicals will be examined in Paper 3. This is a significant change to the new course. It also follows that students should incorporate the labs in some way as ...