The new EE – How are you getting on?

By Wednesday, August 2, 2017 , 0

The new extended essay (EE) guide has been out for a while now – how are you doing with it? Has it changed much in the way you set up and run your EE programme? From the chemistry side of things, I hope you have not seen many (if any changes). Students still need to carry out research and whilst not compulsory, will hopefully carry out some lab based research. That has all stayed the same. The research question (RQ) is also ...

The New Extended Essay

Were you aware that a new EE guide was out? It has been live for around three months and is for first examinations May 2018, so that will be students whom you start to teach this coming August / September. Now that things have got quieter with IB teaching (IB2 students are finished) I thought it was worth writing about it so that it can inform your planning. The first thing is that the guide is entirely electronic. I am sure that ...

Walther Hermann Nernst and EE’s

By Friday, February 26, 2016 , 0

You may have heard of the Nernst equation (named after guess who?!) and we will look at it in a moment but I always think it is good to put things into context. Nernst lived from 1864 – 1941 and was a German Chemist. He is famous for proposing the third law of thermodynamics, that entropy change approaches zero as temperature approaches absolute zero (which I really like as it is kind of obvious but it takes a great mind to ...

It’s that time of year ….

Today it is Easter Sunday – so Happy Easter to you all! Most people associate Easter with Easter eggs but for me it is something 3that start with the same letters but is very different! It’s EE season. If you are a new IB teacher, the EE is the extended essay. A 4000 word individual research project that all students undertake. They need to complete the EE to be awarded the diploma. They only need to carry out one EE (so ...

changes (1) – the new CAS guide for students graduating after 2017

Earlier this month the ‘new’ CAS Guide for students graduating in 2017 and later was released by the IBO. The publication of the new Guide is another chapter in the “evolution” of CAS and a deliberate move by the IBO to integrate the three elements of the core viz. TOK, CAS and EE better. It’s very real attempt to present the Diploma as a more holistic model. How different is the new Guide from the previous one and what are the implications ...

The Extended Essay supervisor’s report

The teachers whose students take November exams are currently in the process of collecting Extended Essays, reading them, conducting the Viva Voce (although it's now optional a surprising number of teachers still do an exit interview) and then trying to determine how to fill out the report. The student fills out the front page and signs a declaration that the work they submit is their own.  It then goes to the supervisor. The required components are the supervisor's name at the top, ...

Writing your EE – how is it going?

This blog post is aimed at students half way through the diploma programme and who are in the process of beginning to write up their extended essay (EE). Hopefully, you will have carried out some lab work and got some data that you can start writing about. That said, it is not essential to have carried out lab work and it is acceptable to write an EE in Chemistry purely on research only – although if you were my student I ...

Extended Essay Advice: Summer Passions

At the time of year, lots of students will be coming to the end of the first year of the IBDP, and over the summer will be turning their focus to their Extended Essay. Here, OSC’s Academic Director, Keith Allen, gives some key tips and advice on getting ahead with the project. With over 30 years’ experience working and teaching in IB schools around the world, Keith knows what it takes to produce a high-quality EE. It’s June already. Where has ...

Planning for and helping with the extended essay (EE)

When do you do your extended essay (EE)? It is probably out of your control and a whole school issue but that said, do spend some time planning ahead for it. Most schools seem to launch the EE sometime in the third term of IB. There are two reasons for this, firstly, your students can have the long break / holiday to start their write up, secondly, the second year of IB classes will probably have finished or be writing their ...

‘The summer of the Extended Essay’ – easy tips to get you ahead

The Extended Essay might seem like a chore or something you will put to the back of your mind over summer. But, it will very easily pile on top of you, one thing you really do not want. One of OSC’s experienced IB teachers and Extended Essay examiner, Tim Williams, has given his view on how to ‘deal with the curse of the Extended Essay’ and how to get ahead this summer. Over to Tim.... Long warm days...hammocks...the beach…warm nights…and…the damn Extended Essay… Right. ...