Preparing students in Grade 11 for Internal Assessment

By Friday, September 29, 2017 , , , , 0

The Internal Assessment represents an examination of the students understanding of the experimental programme. To this end, Grade 11 is of great importance in preparing students for the independent investigation (or II) that is most commonly carried out in Grade 12.   The experimental programme is pivotal in the teaching of Biology, illustrating, teaching and reinforcing the theoretical concepts of IB Biology. It comprises three parts: Practical activities including Applications / Skills / Mandatory labs (These can be found within 'My IB' (the platform which ...

My IB

By Wednesday, September 20, 2017 , , , , 0

The Online Curriculum Centre is no more.  At times bewildering and at others confusing and for many IB teachers a source of frustration, the OCC has a successor.  Why should IB educators register with My IB?  Announcements, resources Updated 28 August 2017We promised to make it easier for you to access your IB systems and resources with one username and password, and we are delighted to invite you to register with My IB to enable you to do just that. My IB is a gateway, it is where you ...

Nature of Science

This month has seen the first examinations of the new syllabus and the Online Curriculum Centre (OCC) is awash with comments and discussions. Some of the comments I have read relates to disappointment that the Nature of Science had a marginal role within the papers. Though NoS was perhaps not as prominent in this exam as some may have thought, it does not mean it is peripheral to the course. Good science teaching requires a sound understanding of the Nature of Science. It should, ...

Comparing: Mitosis / Meiosis and Oogenesis / Spermatogenesis

Command terms are key terms that are used in exam questions to ask questions. The following link takes you to a PowerPoint that helps explain the meaning for each, within the old syllabus - last exam 2015. [Check out the very useful sortable syllabus below the embedded PowerPoint on the website.] I have graded many exam papers that have left me pulling out my hair as I read students demonstrate an understanding of the content tested, BUT due to a lack of understanding of the ...

Goodbye Option D: Evolution

When I first started teaching the Diploma, my Head of Science at the time, enthused about Option D - Evolution unit as THE biology unit that best embodies the philosophy of the IBO (and I believe him to be right),  encapsulating the notion of commonality of all,   sharing the same common ancestors. I continued to teach option D for 18 years, and was therefore disappointed to find that the unit has now been broken up and sections removed. No more Human evolution, ...

TSM is here

... and so the TSM (teacher support material) for the new course is with us - the IBO provided guidance to the new programme... 2016). The purpose of the teacher support material (https://ibpublishing.ibo.org 08/08/2014) Welcome to the Biology teacher support material (TSM). The biology subject guide for first assessment in 2016 represents a significant shift, in a number of aspects, from the previous biology course and this TSM is specifically designed to assist both new and experienced teachers to build or revise their course design ...