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Working from home? Six Quick Tips

If your school is closed but you still have to learn stuff and complete assignments, there are some basics that I urge you to consider and hopefully implement. Here are 6 tips to help you stay on track. Find out more

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Working from home if your school is closed

The aim of this blog post is to give you some ideas of what you can do to stay fresh for when you return to school because, and this is very important, we will get over this and life will return to normal, even as if that seems a long way away at the moment. Find out more

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Understanding equilibrium – the advanced stuff!

Last month’s blog post focused on introducing you to the basics of equilibrium. This month it is my intention to introduce you to the more advanced stuff. Find out more

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How should I choose my artworks for my Comparative Study?

How should I choose my artworks for my Comparative Study in IB Visual Arts? - Is this a question that you have asked your teacher, your friends and/or your parents? It’s important that you make the right choice, particularly if you are a Higher-Level student with the criterion F implications (connections to own art-making). Find out more

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Still-Life and Artistic Collaboration

If five students collaborate to make an exciting final outcome, the final result might be a success but how do examiners allocate marks? Looking at a final artwork created by a group of people, how will the examiner know who did what, in order to fairly assess it? Find out more

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Stuck at home because your school has closed?

Is your school closed because of COVID-19? Why not spend the time learning about art from these recommended online resources? Find out more

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Getting ready for the IA Chemistry

Last month's blog post gave you an overview of what the IA in IB Chemistry is all about. This month I will start explaining to you what the different criteria are and how they are assessed. Find out more

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Forms of reflection – for all assessment tasks

This blog will address some ways you can reflect on your own work, or how you can use the same ideas to help your mentor reflect on your work. Some of the ideas you may also want to use with your audiences, to help them reflect on what you have shown, to gauge how close you are to achieving your intentions and impact. Find out more

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The Comparative Study – answers to questions

I have received some Comparative Study questions from teachers who participated in a previous category 1 IB Visual Arts workshop and am sharing my responses now with others through this blog. In some cases, I have also referred to things written by the online facilitators from My IB. Find out more

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The Collaborative Project – the processes involved

In IB Theatre, the Collaborative Project is the only task that you do in the course where you are working with others over a period of time to create a piece of original theatre. Find out more

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Understanding equilibrium – the basics

IB Chemistry - Understanding equilibrium, the basics. A good example of a reversible reaction is that of blue hydrated copper sulfate that can be heated to form white anhydrous copper sulfate. The heating process drives off the water. This reaction can easily be reversed by adding water to the white anhydrous copper sulfate. Find out more

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Are you IA ready?

The Chemistry internal assessment (or IA) is worth 20% of your final grade. It is assessed by your teacher and then your teachers marking is looked at by a moderator. The aim of this blog post is to introduce you to the IA criteria and to give you some tips and suggestions as to how you can achieve your best possible grade. Find out more

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Chemistry Nobel Prize – This Year’s Winners are…

... John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for their work on something you probably take for granted and use every day of your life - the Lithium-ion battery Find out more

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Process portfolio – Questions and Answers

A while ago I had a Visual Arts Process Portfolio question and answer session with my students and thought I’d share questions and answers. Find out more

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Evaluating your IA programme

The ‘new’ IB chemistry course is now in its fifth year. With this in mind, when was the last time you evaluated your IA programme? Is it time for a rethink? Have you settled into a routine that is more of a compromise as opposed to a system them works for you and your students? Find out more

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Depressurising in March (and the end is nigh)

If you are a second year DP Visual Arts student in a northern hemisphere school, you may be feeling pressure to complete work in the different course components, because the time for end-of-course uploads is approaching. I’m not going to go through IB final upload deadlines, because your teacher is likely to have set school/art internal deadlines for you. But there are some things that might get overlooked or side-tracked in the next month or so, so here are six things to remember. Find out more

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Misinformation and disinformation: how the term fake news is meaningless

The ability for our students to determine who and what to trust is critical literacy in a nutshell. Our focus on how to analyse texts has not changed. What has changed is the media landscape in our ‘post truth’ or ‘post fact’ world. Find out more

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The benefits of keeping a journal – advice for Language and Literature students

Keep a journal as you read and watch each text, focus on the four suggested fields of inquiry. This will set up your thinking for perceptive understanding in each of your assessments. Find out more

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Mass extinction of insects

Up to 50% of all insects may have been lost since 1970 as a result of habitat removal, the increased use of pesticides, invasive species, climate change and light pollution. Find out more

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The Indian dipole

One example of consequences of climate change is the rise in temperatures in the Indian Ocean which may be linked to the bush-fires in Australia and flooding in parts of Africa. Find out more

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