Pre-IB (4): TOK Assessment

The previous three blogs have focused on a general introduction to TOK, an overview of the content of the course (Areas of Knowledge) and a look at the methods for producing knowledge (Ways of Knowing) found in the course. This final Pre-IB blog looks at the way in which TOK is assessed. This consists of an externally assessed piece, the TOK Essay, and an internally assessed piece, the TOK Presentation. Both are necessary in order to pass the TOK component ...

Writing a history essay

As we enter October many of you may be feeling a bit of anxiety about your essay-writing skills.  If you are a first year History student, you are wondering about how much higher the expectations are for IB students and if you are a second year IB student you are wondering how prepared for the IB examinations you are - especially if you are in the Southern Hemisphere and the IB exams are looming.  Given all of these circumstances I thought it would be ...

Extended Essay Ideas

  Now is the time of year that many schools begin to start extended essay work with their students.   Here is a list of ideas for good projects: These titles are not the polished article, merely a  starting point for further work: Investigating the strengths of epoxy resins. Investigating different catalysts on a reaction. Determining the (unknown) order of a reaction. Investigating optical isomers. Investigating the decomposition of a substance (bleach) by heat. I would be interested to hear other colleagues ideas on extended ...