The IB Learner Profile, ATL and Anti-Plagiarism Software

I recently found myself involved in the review of a school's Academic Honesty Policy, which led me to some background reading, which (as often happens) caused me to fall down an internet rabbit hole: First stop: NPR ED "Turnitin And The Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software" (August 25, 2014, Heard on All Things Considered) [audio mp3="http://blogs.osc-ib.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/20140825_atc_turnitin_and_the_high-tech_plagiarism_debate.mp3"] Coming as I do from the IB world, this phrase in the post caught my eye: The fact that anti-plagiarism software can't tell the difference between accidental and intentional plagiarism is just one reason ...

Approaches To Learning (2)

Last month’s post was focused on Approaches to Teaching and Learning (ATL) with the focus being on the teaching side of things – makes sense doesn’t it? – It applies to us teachers. However, this month I thought I’d throw that logic out of the window and focus on the other side of things – the learning. So how do your students learn? Do you their ‘learning habits’ fit in with the IB’s approaches to learning? And do you facilitate the students ...

How well do YOU do it?

ATL or Approaches to Teaching and Learning. Hopefully, this will not be a new phrase or acronym to you and that your teachers will have exposed you to it…. But what is it? Well, ATL has been part of IB for at least 18 months and most probably even longer than that. It’s the idea that the IB does not only tell your teachers what to teach (ie, the curriculum) but also how they should teach it (that’s the Approaches to ...

Analysing and comparing music – start with what you know

Greetings IB DP Music Students! For those in the southern hemisphere, I hope you are preparing for exams or preparing to conclude a successful academic year. For those in the northern hemisphere, I hope that your academic year is off to a good start. Regardless of where you are in the world, my goal is to provide you with some helpful insights into the DP Music class. I share my expertise as a pianist, DP Music teacher, and as a DP Music examiner. I ...