The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the OCC (“It’s a Nightmare!” “No it’s Fantastic!”)

The IB say "Welcome to your OCC...The OCC is a key resource for teachers, coordinators and other school stakeholders. The enhanced branding and colour scheme improves both navigability and usability in order to delight the many of you who depend on the site for information and collaboration". I get a lot of correspondence from art teachers about the OCC (ONLINE CURRICULUM CENTRE http://occ.ibo.org/ibis/occ/) , not all of it favourable, to put it mildly... The bad Teachers are frequently mystified and confused by the ...

CALP

I would like to draw your attention to a page found within the TSM that I believe to be relatively new,  Cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP). This focuses on language proficiency, specifically a conceptual framework of language proficiency as devised by Dr James Cummins1, exploring English literacy development and the social and academic barriers that limit learning for English-language learners (ELLs). Cummins introduced a distinction within language between English for social or basic survival which he referred to as Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS) and ...

The NEW visual arts course

  In my last blog I made some mention of the new DP visual arts course and suggested the 'top 4' differences between the current and the new course, but it’s probably about time to start talking about it in a bit more detail. Hopefully quite a few of you will already have participated in a workshop, either online or face-to-face. IB Diploma Programme subjects usually have a seven year lifespan. The current visual arts course (started in 2009) still obviously has ...

Online Curriculum Centre

It is easy to forget to look at possibly the best IB resource - that of the Online Curriculum Centre - the OCC. Apart from routine resources, such as programme guides, examination papers and session reports, you can access specimen papers, markschemes and grade descriptors from the Business Management homepage under the assessment dropdown. The general documents section includes the Teacher Support Materials (TSM) for 2016, which contains information on conceptually focused teaching, contextualized teaching through case studies and links ...

THE SHOCK OF THE NUDE (in school) (2015 update)

Life-drawing fits very well in any or all of the three components in the new DP visual arts course, so I’m re-visiting the concept and suggesting some possible links to the new course As a comparative study - artists of course have been working from the human form for hundreds if not thousands of years, so for example students could examine and compare artworks, objects or artefacts with the theme of the human figure “at least two of which need ...

VISUAL ARTS – IS THIS FUM or MSM?

THE FINAL UPLOAD - reminders For many IBDP visual arts teachers April is FUM (Final Upload Month) Also know as MSM (Maximum Stress Month). That was then… The history of the visual arts digital upload process is not exactly a success story, but rather a tale, I’m afraid, of frustration, angst and despair for many teachers or DP Coordinators. …This is now Anyway, the IB, perhaps feeling somewhat battered and bruised by so much negative feedback, have come back with a shiny new upload process and ...

WHAT IS THE EXAMINER LOOKING FOR? (Relating to the 2015 visual arts upload for the current/’old’ course)

For many of us, this is more or less the last time that we will be thinking about “studio work” and the “investigation workbook” – certainly in those terms – because in a few weeks the visual arts course that started in 2009 will be just a fading memory. Personally speaking, as a course I felt it was far from perfect, but over the years I think most of us got used to it. One major flaw that frequently exasperated teachers in ...

Farewell interview videos – both on the OCC and the real thing!

OCC interview videos have GONE! The four interview videos that have been on the OCC for more than two years have now been removed. They were made because up until 2012 the visiting examiner had come to the school, looked at the exhibition and asked the questions. When this process was switched to the teacher asking the questions, the IB received numerous worried emails from teachers who did not know what to do and were asking for advice and guidance. The IB ...

TSM is here

... and so the TSM (teacher support material) for the new course is with us - the IBO provided guidance to the new programme... 2016). The purpose of the teacher support material (https://ibpublishing.ibo.org 08/08/2014) Welcome to the Biology teacher support material (TSM). The biology subject guide for first assessment in 2016 represents a significant shift, in a number of aspects, from the previous biology course and this TSM is specifically designed to assist both new and experienced teachers to build or revise their course design ...

Are you ready for the new visual arts course?

The new DP visual arts course starts in August. I hope that this news doesn’t come as a surprise (?) and I also hope that you are ready. With this in mind, the IB have been suitably proactive in terms of running (or linking up with providers who also run) visual arts teacher training workshops ***Don’t forget that since DP visual arts is a two year course, the current cohort will still be following the current course for another year – ...