“All Good Things Come To An End”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pBo-GL9SRg Nelly Furtado - All Good Things (Come To An End) (US Version) Dear old OCC, Farewell. You have been such familiar habit I may find it hard to simply forget you because “My IB” is the new kid on the block  Yes, I know you had your foibles and of course over time I expect I’ll forget you and your funny quirks, the weird navigation etc. But dammit you were always there for me when I needed to vent or to find an answer, ...

Supporting Schools in Cameroon

Part of OSC’s mission is “to generate profits which are used for philanthropic educational projects” and our latest project has been supporting the first IB world school in the Republic of Cameroon. Enko Education School in Yaoundé was authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) last year to offer the IB Diploma Programme. We were delighted to be able to support this inspiring project which will establish one of the most affordable IB schools in Sub-Saharan Africa. Supporting IB Teachers Last month ...

“Forget the Process Portfolio! The Process Portfolio does not exist!”

Ah, the sparkling skyscrapers of Dubai. I was there fairly recently, involved in a visual arts teacher-training workshop, with a focus (of course) on the new programme. For those participants who were there and who may now be reading this I’d like to say thank you once again for all your creative and positive contributions! Your willingness to share was itself a great reflection of the philosophy of the International Baccalaureate. 1 One area that seemed to cause some confusion for some was ...

Combustion kept simple

When teaching about combustion, we must remember to consider 'complete' and 'incomplete' combustion. During complete combustion, the fuel will produce CO2 and H2O. Incomplete combustion produces CO or C (soot). A neat way of showing this to your class is to just use a bunsen burner. With the air hole closed, explain that the smoky, yellow flame is caused by incomplete combustion - the soot can be collected by placing a cool beaker of water under the flame. Opening the air hole allows complete ...