Are Memes Relevant to Studying Printed or Digital Texts?

The larger version of this question is really, 'do we need to have a good working knowledge of what memes are in order to usefully expand a sense of our audience, our IB students?  Does such knowledge have some relevance to such new textualities as fan fiction and texts published online using various composition strategies?' It's interesting that, in the last revision of the Language A courses,  various forms of digital texts were suggested as one of the options schools might ...

High-quality IB Professional Development Opportunities

OSC is proud to support both IBSCA and Triple A Learning in the running of residential and online IB teacher workshops. In 2014/15, we are thrilled to be continuing to work in partnership with IBSCA and TAL; providing IB educators around the world with access to high-quality professional development. IBSCA Professional Development Workshops IBSCA provides invaluable support and development opportunities to new and experienced IB World Schools across the PYP, MYP and DP Programmes. Throughout 2014/15, IBSCA will run 71 IB Teacher Workshops ...

OSC IB School Visit Programme

At OSC, we are passionate about providing support for IB Diploma Programme students and schools. Our experienced IB experts visit schools around the world delivering free, pedagogical presentations to IB students. Every year, we visit over 200 IB schools around the world. Designed to be an extra tool to help IB Coordinators manage their cohorts, the presentations offer students different perspectives from an external, experienced IB expert. Each presentation is interactive and covers key skills, tips, tricks and advice crucial for IB ...

To Teach or not to Teach?

Teaching the IB HL Physics course can lead you into a massive but false sense of security! Being the best part of a month into the course, I am looking back at the few weeks I have had with the students and asking myself already … “Is it going well”.  In asking this, I do not mean am I having a good time?, or does everyone seem happy at the end of the lessons?  It is far more important than that.  ...

The BIG Ideas in ITGS

May session schools are now starting-up and November session schools are well into the school year. This seems to be an ideal time for a checklist of BIG Ideas for teaching and learning ITGS. BIG Ideas... (no order of importance): ITGS must be firmly set in the Aims for Group 3 and the goals that underpin IB programmes: IB mission statement, learner profile, international-mindedness that lead to embedding the 'G' in ITGS. Moreover, ITGS students must follow policies set out for ...

Stanislavsky and Pavlov’s Dogs

The last few lessons I have been working with my class on psycho-physicality in relation to Stanislavky's system. The students have been exploring how to make their invisible thoughts and feelings visible and how physical actions have an impact on their emotional state. This entry for teachers outlines some of the exercises that I used with students and also lists some resources for teachers to use in class. Asking the questions After a couple of lessons exploring the basics of the System, ...

Welcome to Expanding Your Web

We now are in the next era of using Web 2.0 and social learning. The ideas that will be investigated in this blog is best captured in a graphic. Situations & Scenarios examines how web 2.0 and social learning are used in any of the four IB programmes for both personal productivity and creativity as well as collaboration and sharing. Those involved may include teachers using online tools to plan learning activities, students in geographically dispersed classrooms collaborating in a ...

Preparation is everything

As the new academic year is about to start, it is vital that preparations start now.  Boy is that a depressing thing to think about when I am still on holiday! But even though I have been teaching for over 30 years, and in truth, I can walk into any lesson at any level and make up a reasonable lesson plan in my head within 2 minutes, it does not change the fact that I must spend a little time planning ...

An Idea for Story Development

If (for those of you in the northern hemisphere) your creative mojo is a little rusty after the long Summer vacation, here's an idea that might invite some story and plot development to get you back into the groove for the new academic year. The following scenario is one I've occasionally loaned to students during my time teaching film and media studies; it seems to help those suffering from a bit of writer's block. This is an account of an incident ...

Inspired by Design 1 – Herman Miller Teacher Ideas

Well to start off the teacher series of Inspired by Design please read the student article that accompanies this post - and please watch the excellent video as well. The video is a great starter to use with your students - at the beginning of the class to get some discussion around design and furniture design in particular. You could as I suggested to the students focus on the design of one of the classic chairs they have been responsible ...