HLIA negative trends

As we move to the new Business Management programme and assessment models, it is a good time to reflect on negative trends in the preparation and completion of the higher level internal assessment, and the (probably optimistic) hope that these will be addressed in the May 2016 session. Although, left to last in this post, the appendices are becoming the most problematic aspect of the HLIA. At the start of any programme, there tends to be a range of mistakes that ...

Subtle changes, significant consequences

At first glance the new programme guide for Business Management contained no major changes. There was a name change with the ‘and’ removed, and there were reductions in SL content, particularly in operations management. Other aspects seemed very familiar: the tasks for HLIA and SLIA remained the same. There were some relatively minor changes to the assessment criteria, making the selection of the appropriate mark easier to understand. The external assessment still lay in two papers; one based on a ...

Taking a Learner Profile Selfie

The IB learner profile is at the centre of the teaching and learning philosophy for the IB Mission. It is considered as the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century.  The ten IB learner profile attributes are aspirational and represent the characteristics most valued by IB Schools, the majority of which integrate these into their teaching and learning philosophies. Among other things, we ask our students to be risk-takers, and inquirers and to be ...

Online Curriculum Centre

It is easy to forget to look at possibly the best IB resource - that of the Online Curriculum Centre - the OCC. Apart from routine resources, such as programme guides, examination papers and session reports, you can access specimen papers, markschemes and grade descriptors from the Business Management homepage under the assessment dropdown. The general documents section includes the Teacher Support Materials (TSM) for 2016, which contains information on conceptually focused teaching, contextualized teaching through case studies and links ...

Making the case

Using case studies to support the delivery of Business and Management is essential as it allows students to see how the theories taught in the classroom are applied in the operations of real businesses. There are two main types of case study that complement the IB programme. The first is a detailed analysis of the formation and timeline of an organisation that provides strategic options for future growth. This type of case mirrors the pre-seen case study, which is the focus of paper ...

Reflection in the BM classroom

Learning to think and reflect is crucial in IB classrooms. I recently wrote some resources for an examining board, which had developed a skills based programme. While researching for these materials, I came across the Harvard Project Zero site that looks at thinking and reflection skills and provides some very simple, but effective ways of developing learner profile attributes. The Visible Thinking section and tools are particularly useful for teaching and promoting understanding. You will have to scroll through the ...

The scourge of SWOT and other misused tools

One useful exercise to conduct with your students is to set them a task of identifying and classifying business tools, theories and techniques from the Business Management guide for the core level and also for higher extension. This list will help your students with revision, but also provide a useful checklist when writing extended essays, higher level projects and standard level commentaries. The toolkit available to Business Management students is relatively extensive, but this is not evident in the extended essays ...

Extended essays – preparing for change

With extended essays for 2nd year students having left the premises, minds are turning, or have turned, to the next batch! So, this may be a good time to take stock of the process and the pitfalls, especially given the fact that the theory of knowledge/extended essay matrix will change from May 2015, and that the extended essay is in review for teaching in 2016, with first assessment in 2018. Since the May 2010 session, 28 points overall are required to ...

Stepping out of the classroom, flying into the Case Study…

This is the second post by Business Management teacher Danielle Maguire, of  Jumeirah English Speaking School, whose department chose to deliver their Business Management course using the concepts as lenses. In this post, Danielle describes how a field trip to Thailand was a focus for examining connections between concepts, content and context. If you have read my previous post regarding teaching IB Business Management through the six themes, then you may be aware that I am very much the advocate of ...