Recommendations for students

SEE REAL ART! I teach in a school quite near London and in a couple of weeks I’m taking my students (DP years 1 and 2) to visit one of the major London art galleries – the Tate Britain. We visit a different London gallery every year so the students can enjoy at least one encounter with real art in both years of the course, but this is not enough, so in addition I ‘assign’ them to visit art shows and/or galleries ...

Tips from IB Examiners – An Overview and the Importance of the Subject Reports

If you did not know after each examining session the IB publishes a subject report looking at the specific subject area and feedback from examiners on each of the examined parts of the syllabus. This is available on the OCC hidden away under the Subject Reports tab. It is useful if you are new to the subject to check back a few years and the patterns that exist in terms of student performance. This May 2013 subject report showed some disappointing ...

Ensuring good examination practice – read the manual

Over the years I have written a large number of examiners reports. What is slightly depressing, but also inevitable, is that over that time they became quite repetitive. Put simply, every year students throw away unnecessary marks by not understanding the nature of the assessment, the examination rubric or directions for maximising performance. Unfortunately, the information supporting assessment is not centralised in one document; although the programme guide is a pretty important starting point and contains the minimum knowledge required. ...