The world’s largest lesson on gender equality

This blog was originally posted on the IBO website. Students at Global Jaya School in Indonesia took part in an initiative to share what gender parity looks like ‘from where they stand’. To challenge the stereotypical representations of women in certain industries, students at Global Jaya School in South Tangerang, Indonesia, decided to highlight the lack of females in media roles and the military for this year’s World’s Largest Lesson. They discussed the low number of female filmmakers in the US, why males ...

EXHIBITION ISSUES (part 3)

REFLECTING ON EXHIBITION FILES PART 3: In my last two visual arts teacher Blog posts (June and July) I discussed issues and aspects of exhibitions submitted for moderation that I’d seen as an examiner. This is the third and final post relating to this. Some of those previous 'issues' included teacher comments, the value of trauma, exhibition photographs and size and scale (etc) and might have reflected a misunderstanding of some aspects of the course. This month I am continuing this ...

Visual arts examiner training and qualification (…and the introduction video)

A couple of weeks ago I travelled through the Spring sunshine to the hallowed halls of the IB Assessment Centre (Cardiff, Wales). The Subject Manager for visual arts met me there. The purpose of my visit was to film a video for examiners, so we spent the morning discussing, amending and finalizing the things that would be said. Although of course examiners have been going through a pre-examination qualification process for years, this is the first examiner qualification video, and all examiners ...

Composing – where do you look for inspiration?

Retrieved on 29 November 2013 from http://digitalartmuseum.org/noll/images/four_compositions.jpg This post is intended for DP Music Candidates thinking about composition (creating). The featured piece is Variations on America by Charles Ives. We also discuss finding inspiration in unusual places. How do you find inspiration to compose (create)? (I use this word specifically regardless of the media used for the composition. The DP Music course asks candidates to present their creative thinking through a variety of options. The following discussion will apply to the following options: ...

Preparing for the DP Music exam (November 2013)

Retrieved from http://www.mapsofworld.com/maps/map-of-southern-hemisphere.jpg on 14 October 2013 Greetings DP Music candidates! This post is for you - regardless of whether you live in the northern hemisphere or the southern hemisphere - and is designed to help you with your exam review (yes - you should be reviewing!). I will briefly share my thoughts about what DP Music is about (in one sentence) and then share some advice regarding the Listening Paper. If you have any questions or comments, please post them ...

Its a TWO year course!

Hi all, At both Higher and Standard level, Diploma Programme courses are designed to run for two years. In fact (more or less) the first thing that the visual arts guide states is "The Diploma Programme is a rigorous pre-university course of study designed for students in the 16 to 19 age range. It is a broad-based two-year course that aims to encourage students to be knowledgeable and inquiring, but also caring and compassionate. There is a strong emphasis on encouraging students to ...

Online ART workshops – endings and beginnings…

I’ve just finished mentoring a category 1 online workshop for a hugely diverse group of art teachers spread out across the world – with participants logging on from such places as Abu Dhabi, South Korea, India, California, Hanoi, Shanghai, Sydney and Dar es Salaam. The end of an intense 6 week workshop is always bittersweet – some sense of relief that I do not have to log on every day to check on posts, reply to questions and/or give feedback on ...

Why work if you can get someone else to do it for you?

Artistically it’s quite an interesting question: I expect that I could successfully launch the discussion with both my Theory of Knowledge class and my Visual Arts class – what is the real role of the artist? Can just having the idea be enough, or should there be a bit of hands-on art-making as well? It seems that DH1 and DH2 have somewhat differing views (DH1 being David Hockney, DH2 being Damien Hirst) British artist David Hockney, given the Order of Merit in the Queen's ...

Landscape

gd 11 student work 1 school view 3 school view 2 School view 1 As you perhaps know, the current visual arts guide states that the Diploma Programme visual arts syllabus provides a framework that allows teachers to choose content and activities appropriate to both their students’ interests and experience and their own. When constructing a course of study, the teacher must bear in mind the visual arts assessment criteria and the specific requirements for the assessment tasks explained in this guide. “Teachers should design their ...

Algebra, Geometry and the IB Continuum

    Rotations and Symmetry (From Wikimedia Commons)       Looking for a common thread that covers topics and structures taught both in the MYP and the IB Diploma Programme, I came up with one idea. What if we can find a connection between topics we teach within the MYP and the Diploma, but only visible when we consider the Structure underlying them? With that idea in mind I wrote the following article about Geometric Transformations, where I hope an attempt in this direction can be found : ...