Internal Assessment – some good ideas for labs

  My last blog post focussed on putting together a scheme of work – and I am sure that future blog posts will expand on this but I thought it was worth giving some ideas on Design labs.   A good design lab will allow your students to design a whole range or different and varied experiments and moderators love to see evidence of this. Whilst this sounds great, I do appreciate that the reality is a little different!   Before you give your class ...

IA reports – get them right!

  Now that the new school year is well underway, you may have started some IA reports. I intend this blog post to give you some tips and ideas that will hopefully help you to improve your Design marks.   Firstly, how is your lab report laid out? Have you signposted the criteria that you are being assessed on so that your teacher can easily find it (and so can a moderator). If you are being assessed on DCP, make sure you a ...

Back to school

Perhaps you are returning to begin the second year of your IB Diploma, or gearing up to begin the IB? Or perhaps you are schooled in the southern hemisphere? One things for certain, the Internal Assessment programme is  a key focus for you and your teacher as you progress through the course. So with that in mind, I thought it worth while to highlight a video that explains how science works; through experimentation of the world around us, appropriate manipulation of variables ...

Internal Assessment (IA) – An introduction / review

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Now that the long summer holidays are coming to an end, it is time to start thinking about school again. If you are about to start your IB diploma, or have already been studying the diploma for a year, one thing you will have to do is ensure that your IA (internal assessment) lab reports are up to speed. For those of you not familiar with the IA programme, you need to carry out 60 hours of lab work at HL and ...

Plant science

As summer begins to move quite firmly into autumn and a Canadian winter here in Toronto, students at my school are completing their Ecology unit and working through their design IA. To that end I have found this website (http://www.saps.org.uk/) to be invaluable in giving me advice and helping me with ideas for relevant experiments. I have always felt Plants should provide a host of lab work but lacked the knowledge to get the most out of them. For example, try this online ...

‘R’ day

So, the results were published last Friday. Now that the dust is beginning to settle, how did you do? If you are not happy with the results there are a few options available to you if you are a teacher or a student: Via your diploma coordinator: 1, Ask for a recount (this may not be available if papers were marked online). 2, Ask for a remark. 3, If IA is your concern, request a remark (EUR cat 3). Naturally there is a charge for ...

A new EUR cat 3 service to IA

Did you know that there is a change to the 'Enquiry Upon Results' service this year (with regards to Internal Assessment? Schools can now request that their candidates' work is re-moderated. Where necessary, a new moderation factor will be applied to all candidates for that school. The result of the re-moderation has implications for all candidates within a school and so (in contrast to the category 1 EUR service) candidates' grades will not go down as a result of the re-moderation. When ...

My Final feedback from the Internal assessment moderation process

Almost finished. I have 15 students left which could mean anything from 30 to 9o separate experiments to read through (my present school I am working on has 6 students and 36 separate assignments). My last school had 8 students and sixteen experiments as each student designed two complete experiments. I have found the whole experience invaluable. It has shown me what other schools do and really brought home to me what to look for in each criteria that I mark. ...

Top Tips for the Teacher (2)

Stuck for some IA labs to assess in the DCP and CE categories? Try using these ideas to plan some labs: •How much Iron in an Iron Tablet – Redox Titration •Determine conc. of Hydrogen Peroxide – Redox Titration •Determine the formula of a complex ion (colorimetry) •Molecular mass of a volatile liquid •Heat of combustion of alcohols •Calculate the enthalpy of solution •Determine the activation energy of a reaction