Portugal in World War I

In June, 1917 Portuguese troops saw their first action as battle-ready troops in France.  Why is this significant?  There is a tendency to highlight the entrance of the US in the First World War in 1917 but all of this shows the global nature of the war.  It is true that Portugal had a long-standing agreement with the UK (and Great Britain, and England) and its entrance was part of this relationship but it was also about colonial possessions in ...

PRE IB: Studying, Reading, and Rereading… A Study Method for History

This blog was written by David M. Smith - Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School History is a challenging subject to study.  On the one hand, you need to master several skills like essay writing and source analysis.  To use these skills, however, you need to have a strong base in content... the people, places and events of history. So here is a step by method for studying history: Build a study schedule Walk backwards from the exam date to the current date, mapping out ...

PRE IB: What to Expect in IB History

This blog was written by David M. Smith - Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School What is in store for you as you embark on one or two years of IB History? Let’s look at some of the features of this course to give you a better idea what you have signed on for. The first thing to understand about IB History, indeed any IB course, is that it values depth over breadth.  In other words, it doesn’t just want to stuff more ...

PRE IB: ATL… Helping with the Climb

This blog was written by David M. Smith - Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School In the previous post we looked at how Bloom’s Taxonomy can be applied to the IB History Course.  Now let’s look at how IB helps with you climb up “Mount Bloom.”  In IB we call this ATL or Approaches to Teaching and Learning.  ATL is based on a set of beliefs, backed by research, as to how students learn and how teachers can best help with this ...

PRE IB: What to Expect in IB History – The Structure

This blog was written by David M. Smith - Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School You will be studying IB History at either the Higher Level (HL), a two-year course, or at the Standard Level (SL) which can be either one or two years.  While every teacher approaches things a bit differently, there are some elements that are common to all IB History courses.  The first was laid out in the previous blog – Approaches to Teaching and Learning (ATL).  Here are ...

Revision for IB History students

For those of you who are Diploma Candidates you are probably focused on Math, English and Biology at the moment, which is perfectly understandable. On Friday afternoon there will be a flurry of activity as you scramble to revise your notes, organize your thoughts and attempt to memorize hundreds of details.  However, one weekend of studying cannot replace 240 hours of class time and numerous assignments.  You should use some time over the course of the next week to go over the demands of ...

My semi-annual list of reminders for DP History exam prep

The IA grades have been entered, the samples are uploaded and we're all in that last race to finish the curriculum.  Teachers in the US are more than a little concern: their top students, all of whom were interested and engaged have been admitted to their dream schools and have decided that they don't have to do well on their IB exams and it is distressing as they see the realization of their predicted grades slipping away.  In the rest of the world where the IB results are ...

March was the anniversary of the February Revolution and Women’s history month

... and I was a complete slacker, so my apologies. However, I am going to address both of these topics now, in this post, as they are related. Where does the Russian Revolution fit into the IB DP History program? I would have to say just about everywhere if you teach 20th century history.  World War I and the Russian Revolutions were the most formative events of that century, and we feel their effects to this day.  Today, I am going to address Russia, ...

New IB History Study Guides Available!

History Paper 2: Authoritarian States: Germany 1918-1945 and History Paper 2: Authoritarian States: Russia 1917-1953 have been added to OSC's IB Study Guide Series and are available to order now! These guides are written by experienced IB History teacher and OSC Subject Advisor, Joe Gauci. Find out more below.     History Paper 2: Authoritarian States: Germany 1918-1945 uses emergence and rule of Nazi Germany as a discrete example. History Paper 2: Authoritarian States: Russia 1917-1953 focuses on Soviet Russia under Lenin and Stalin.       These ...

Extended Essay May 2017: the final countdown

This time of year is stressful for history teachers: we tend to have a lot EEs, we are trying to mark and enter our IA grades and we have to determine predicted grades.  We are also still teaching our classes, trying to finish the syllabus and also help students revise for the IB exams.  Just when we think everything is going well, a student raises her hand and asks, "What exactly is paper 1?" Well, at least the EE is drawing ...