A Whole New Mind – How to Communicate and Persuade Parents and Your School that Design Technology is a VERY Important Subject!

Do you work in an academic school and often find yourself as a minority subject fighting for students? Do you find that even though you have very talented design students coming into the Diploma years they often in the end do not choose Design Technology as it will not help them get into University or parents even persuade them it is not a useful subject? Well how about this for a quote to get people thinking:- Lawyers. Accountants. Computer programmers. That’s ...

TOK subject report: gaining from the proD

By now, every TOK teacher has had the time to download from the OCC and read carefully the best professional development document of them all:  the annual TOK subject report.  This year again, it offers an immensely useful analysis of where students are succeeding and where they are falling short across the world in both essays and presentations.  In specific terms, its detailed breakdown of essay topics coaches us as teachers to understand exactly what is implied in a title ...

The Theme: why is it not a requirement?

It's one thing that almost all visual arts teachers 'know' about the IBDP visual arts course: students follow a theme. Its generally assumed that the theme is a thread that runs through the work that students create once the teacher has stepped back from giving 'teacher-inspired' assignments, it gives coherence and focus to the final exhibition, etc But the theme is not a course requirement, and as far as I can remember, it has never been a requirement. "Well why not?" you ...

“MUST MY EXHIBITION HAVE A THEME?”

This is a common question, often asked about halfway through the first year, but if you have students coming back to start their final year the issue of the theme may well be on their minds. The theme is certainly not a visual arts requirement, although there are references to it at various places in the visual arts subject guide. For example, the guide refers to the theme when making connections (“students might initially begin their investigation by working through an idea, ...