THE COMPARATIVE STUDY: SOME THOUGHTS

In recent blogs I have focused on the Exhibition with particular reference to the things I'd seen (i.e. files submitted) as an examiner. If interested please check out these recent blogs: 1 (June) Visual Arts Exhibition Issues 2 (July) Exhibition issues (part 2) 3 (August) Exhibition issues (part 3) But today I am posting about the Comparative Study. I was fortunate to be able attend the June Grade Award meeting at the IB assessment centre, and while there was able to engage in conversation with ...

Skinny dipping is fine. Double dipping is NOT.

As promised, here is some feedback from the May 2015 Visual Arts Grade Award which recently took place at the IB DP Assessment Centre in Cardiff, Wales. Five years ago I blogged after attending a Grade Award meeting (June 2010) – at that stage we were a group of approximately 16 senior examiners, looking at Candidate Record Booklets (anyone remember them?!) and discussing marks awarded. Then in June 2012 the post-Grade Award blog highlighted “the evils of the Internet”. The discussions of marks ...

HAPPY NEW YEAR! (VISUAL ARTS GRADE AWARD December 2014)

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m going to start my 2015 Blog with a quick look back to the most recent Visual arts grade award meeting, which for the first time ever was VIRTUAL. Grade Award meetings occur twice a year (in November and June) and previously have always taken place in Cardiff (Wales, UK). Senior visual arts examiners together with the Chief and Deputy Chief examiners met (virtually) with the visual arts assessment team and the Subject Manager. Usually we also have ...

The Digital Upload: FIVE DAYS LEFT

APRIL 10th is the deadline for your students’ work to be uploaded to IBIS - so at this point I’m hoping that by now everything has been finished and photographed/scanned etc - and either already uploaded to the IB or about to be uploaded. I uploaded the work for my students a few days ago. It’s the second time I have gone through this process and as usual it all went fairly smoothly, although I did have to contact IB Answers ...

So you want to be an OBSERVER? Apply NOW!

In January I talked about the last visual arts grade award meeting and mentioned that examiners had the pleasure of meeting a teacher observer. Sometimes teacher observers go on to become examiners, and at least one has ascended to the heady height of DCE (Deputy Chief Examiner) – partly based on their experiences at the Grade Award meeting they attended. The intention of inviting teacher observers is to encourage a wider understanding of the processes involved in the award of grades. ...

HAPPY NEW YEAR! (and the DECEMBER GRADE AWARD!)

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m going to start my 2014 Blog with a quick look back to the most recent Visual arts grade award meeting, which occurred in Cardiff (Wales, UK) just before Christmas. Senior visual arts examiners together with the Chief and Deputy Chief examiners meet with the visual arts assessment team and the Subject Manager twice a year in Cardiff. We also had the pleasure of welcoming Charles, our December Grade Award teacher observer. (If you are interested in attending a ...

Responding to a comment!

I  received a comment from a DP visual arts teacher (thanks Selwyn!) in response to an earlier blog posted about the 'new look' virtual gallery. The writer expressed concern at some aspects of the new Gallery, so I thought I would go slightly more 'public' and take this opportunity to respond to some of his concerns in the form of another blog, (rather than just tagging my reply onto his comment). So - " why is the quality of work represented in ...