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 ...

OCC – as simple as one, two, three

As I struggle through the assessment and moderation period, I am constantly reminded about how easy it is to improve student performance. This post explores the use of the IB’s Online Curriculum Centre (OCC) to boost your students' grades. There are, of course, a huge number of variables that affect student performance, including the student’s motivation, the teacher’s abilities, peer group support and the school environment. However, there are also a number of constants in the process, such as the nature ...

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. ...

Missing the Mark

It is the end of another IB session and the scripts have been written and marked and assignments moderated. Students are waiting with baited breadth for the grades to be published and for clarity to be brought to their immediate futures. At this point I would like to reflect on the session, with this post focusing on the extended essay in Business and Management. The extended essay continues to cause problems for both students and teachers on a number of fronts ...