New Study & Revision Guides for IB History Paper 2: Topic 11: Causes and Effects of 20th-century Wars

We are pleased to announce the publication of two new titles in the OSC IB Study & Revision Guide series. IB History SL & HL Paper 2 Causes and Effects of 20th-century Wars: The First World War IB History SL & HL Paper 2 Causes and Effects of 20th-century Wars: The Second World War Written for the requirements of the 2017–2023 exam sessions, these revision guides support exam preparation for IBDP History Paper 2, focusing on the First and Second World War respectively ...

History Internal Assessment Tips: What you don’t find in the Subject Guide

The most important thing for students to do is to choose a straightforward, answerable question on a suitable topic. The Subject Avoid ‘well worn paths’.  There is little new that you could add to our understanding of Hitler, Nazi Germany, Stalin’s five-year plans or the causes of World War I. Do not waste your time with conspiracy theories.  There are lots of them floating around the internet.  If government inquiries and hundreds of books cannot discover the name of JFK’s assassin, you ...

New Release: IB History Paper 2: Causes and Effects of 20th-Century Wars: The Spanish Civil War

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new title in the OSC IB Study & Revision Guide series. IB History Paper 2 Causes and Effects of 20th-Century Wars: The Spanish Civil War This revision guide supports exam preparation, using the Spanish Civil War to explore History Paper 2 Topic 11: Causes and Effects of 20th-century Wars. Structured to mirror the syllabus, it will help you to understand the essential issues and that examiners will be looking for in your essays. Author ...

New Release: IB History Paper 2 Authoritarian States: Italy 1914–1945

We are pleased to announce the release of a new title in the OSC IB Study & Revision Guide series, the latest and final instalment in our 20th century World History books exploring the rise of Authoritarian States. IB History Paper 2 Authoritarian States: Italy 1914–1945 This revision guide supports exam preparation for IBDP History Paper 2 Topic 10: Authoritarian States, using Fascist Italy (1914–1945) as a discrete example. With guidance on writing essays to achieve top marks, it provides a focused account ...

The Ten-Year Rule

I have decided that, when school resumes in January, I will give my students an assignment in which I will ask them to analyse the IB's 10-year rule and determine if they think that it is a well-reasoned rule. This morning, I was reading an essay by Umair Haque titled What Do You Call a World That Can’t Learn From Itself? Although it begins as a criticism of the US and its decline in standard of living, especially when compared to Europe, ...

Animating Still Life

I hope you remember reading a post of mine which was published on this site at the end of July this year titled Transforming the meaning of evidence and truth. If not, go have a look, and then watch this video, and read on below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?30=&v=-RetOjL1Fhw "What use is there for this technology, you may be asking? Well, with Facebook’s involvement, it is quite possible that users will be able to animate their profile picture and cause it to react to stimuli ...

The May 2017 Subject Report is now available

Most understandably, there was a small delay in the release of the subject report.  With all new assessments, there was much to report on and the examiners responsibly clearly wanted to provide clarity on the expectations of the assessments, and advice for future candidates.  A lot of work goes into these reports, and in IB history, with nearly 50,000 students writing 10 different exams and completing an internal assessment, there are a lot of variables to consider. (Please note that as of ...

Rights and Protest: 60 years since the Little Rock 9 entered Central High School

When I opened the paper today (yes, some of us still do that), there was a brief interview with some of the members of the Little Rock 9.  60 years ago today, 9 African-American teenagers entered Central High School, in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, in a bid to begin the end of segregation in education.  If you look at the photo of the students that the Associated Press/Fox News used in its article, you see a group of pleasant, well-dressed young people on ...

And the results are in!

...Well, they were in a month ago. As teachers, more than anything we are most interested in the grade boundaries for each paper. For two years we were flying blind, trying to guide our students to passing, or in some instance, the elusive 7. And now that information is freely available, and from this point forward, our work will be authentic and based on experience rather than conjecture. So, without further ado, here is the assessment-by-assessment breakdown: IA (the moderated, final mark ...

Theatre for change – ‘Disorder contained’

Many of you will know about Brecht and Boal, and will probably have come across some other theorists or theatre companies that create theatre designed to make a specific impact, and hopefully bring about some change in ways of thinking, behaviour or spur people on to take action to bring about some sort of change in their environment or society. Brecht work for us deals with history, so we can look at this issues from a distance, and relate safely ...