Mandatory Lab Ideas, 1.2, Empirical Formula

As you well know, the IB now tells us that we must carry out up to twelve mandatory labs or skills (I say up to as there is some debate whether 9.1, the application of the Winkler method is mandatory or not and the ‘single replacement labs’ occur twice, in 15.1 and 19.1). So I thought I would focus the next few blog posts on some of these mandatory labs, starting with the first on one the list, namely, topic 1.2, ...

The new IA – views from DP subject experts

The Group 4 IA is changing. For those teaching students in their first year of the DP, these changes will be taking effect now. As a teacher or a Head of School, do you know which methods and practices your school will be adopting? Some of OSC’s subject experts have written specific blogs on the changes and offer advice on how to approach them. Biology Chemistry. Article 1 | Article 2 Physics Design Technology

Internal Assessment

This is not a regular post, perhaps its an anomalous one (?) But please do no exclude it. I am presently moderating Internal Assessments and I feel compelled to write on behalf of all the moderators out there, who open up a bag of scripts to find not a single word has been written on the submitted labs. Please Please Please ANNOTATE your scripts. I know that the syllabus is changing and that the Internal Assessment has had a revamp etc. However, you will still ...

Scaffolding the new IA / developing your new practical programme

A very Happy New Year to do. I do hope you managed to get some rest and relaxation and were able to unwind somewhat. I expect you are now back in school, although some southern hemisphere teachers may have some more holiday time left still. Now the new course has been running for a few months, I thought it was worth giving you some thoughts / ideas as to how you could run your practical programme under the new course. That ...

Moderators’ advice for your IA

Subject Reports The IB Diploma Psychology subject reports were published recently. They are where examiners and IB Diploma moderators give feedback on the quality of the May 2104 exams and the IAs.  This month we will take a look at what the moderators said about the IAs, both HL and SL.  Those of you taking your exams in May 2015 have probably now started your IA experimental study, and those of you taking your exams in November 2015 or May 2016 ...

The New TSM (Teacher Support Material) – A guided tour

Have you seen the new TSM (teacher support material)? It was first uploaded to the OCC (online curriculum centre) back in August and with the release of the new course, it makes vital (and interesting!) reading. Whilst the old TSM material consisted of a number of PDF files of labs, this new revamped version is more like an e-book and it is my intention to run over some of the highlights: The TSM now aims to support teachers in structuring and delivering ...

Decisions, decisions…what to do for your IA?

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The internally-assessed experiment (IA) that you conduct in Psychology is worth 20% of your marks if you are an HL student and a whopping 25%  if you are an SL student, so it is worth getting it right.  Here are some thoughts to help you along the way. Choose the right study.  Attached is a list of studies that are all suitable for replication, with a link to the original study in each case.  The originals are sometimes hard to read, but you ...

Internal Assessment Parts B (Summary of Evidence) and D (Analysis)

Although they are divided into two separate sections (and separated by part C) the Summary of Evidence (B) and Analysis (D) are inextricably linked – or should be.  Although the sections are assessed as discrete entities, they both must relate to the research question and the analysis should be only of the evidence presented in B. This can sometimes be frustrating ; you have spent a large part of your career as a history student trying to integrate these two elements ...

Plan of investigation – part II: scope and method of the investigation

This is one of the most difficult parts of the Internal Assessment to unpack because they are integrated.  In other subjects, the scope and method are very separate; in history less so.  One colleague likes to tell her students that the scope is the what and the method is the how.  I agree to a certain extent, but feel that can cause some confusion. The scope of an investigation would be the parameters.  If you choose to write your IA on ...

CE – Get it Right!

I have already made some blog postings regarding the first two assessed IA criteria, namely ‘Desgin’ labs and ‘DCP’ labs. This posting will focus on the third assessed criteria, ‘Conclusion and Evaluation’ or ‘CE’ or ‘CEv’. As with the other two assessed criteria, CEv is split into three aspects, aspects 1, 2 and 3. We will focus on each aspect individually. Aspect 1 – it is the opinion of the author that this aspect is the hardest aspect of all to achieve ...