INTERNAL ASSESSMENT: THE CURSE OF OPTIMISM

THE CURSE OF OPTIMISM   Of course, I'm not against optimism.  And just to show what a positive blog this is I'm kicking off with a couple of happy songs, courtesy of YouTube ("Happy" and "Happy Talk"). Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwIddYGse9g But to be honest, this blog is not so much the curse of optimism as the curse of optimistic marking.   November IA “November schools” (mostly schools in the Southern Hemisphere) have been uploading their files and marks for the November session. Unless you only have five students, the ...

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 ...

RESPONDING TO FEEDBACK ABOUT THE DIGITAL UPLOAD

Two readers have posted responses to blogs (my posts from 2013 and more recently) so I’d like to thank them for taking the time to reply and post here my replies to them. Links to my original blogs: https://blogs.osc-ib.com/2013/04/ib-teacher-blogs/dp_visarts/examining-the-digital-upload/ https://blogs.osc-ib.com/2014/02/ib-student-blogs/visual-arts-digital-upload-get-started/ FIRST COMMENT (responding to April 2013 post) The first comment was posted at the end of April 2014 in response to a post about the digital upload that I made in April 2013 Nigel writes “Digital upload assessment is only advantageous on the grounds of cost, nothing ...

IA – The Moderation Process

My last blog posting focussed on how Paper 2 and Paper 3 are marked online using Scoris. Now that the results have been out for a few weeks, the theme of this post is to explain how lab work or Internal Assessment (IA) material is moderated. The current method of assessing IA has been in use for six years although the process of moderation has been around for much longer. So, how doe sit work? Well, around three months before the results are ...

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. ...

IA moderation

I am now well into moderating my IA samples of labs and would like to share some of my experiences. In total I have 108 students to work through which I guess approximates to a minimum of 216 labs. As I mark I am constantly referring to the  guidelines from the published Biology guide found on the OCC website. I have also been reminded that I am moderating and not marking and I should try and go with the teacher where ...

Preparing your IA sample

If you are a 'May' session school it is that time of year again - you need to start thinking about getting your IA results up to date and your marks sent off to the IB. Once that has been done, you will be told which students work will have to be sent to the moderator. Here are a few reminders / tips to help the moderator and the moderation process: 1, Ensure the sample of work is neat and logically ordered. Think ...

Starting to think about the CRB?

Following on from last week's blog focus on the candidate statement, this one is about the CRB itself. My students have their IBDP visual arts examination at the end of March 2011, and I plan to send the Candidate Record Booklets to our examiner around mid-March - so there is still more than two months to go before the CRBs need to be finished, packaged up and sent - but still, I like to get the students thinking about all the ...

Preparing your IA sample for the moderator

  So, the big day has finally arrived. You have submitted your IA marks to the IB and they have requested some work to send to the moderator. What happens next? The moderator's role is to support you in your marking. It is therefore important that you help the moderator in this role as much as possible. Make sure the work is well organised and easy to follow.Ensure the 4/IA declaration is with the work and signed. Ensure the 4/PSOW's are present and signed by ...