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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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She lit up the stage

This blog will look at what challenges we had in terms of lighting, what we wanted to achieve and how we achieved the desired effects.  Find out more

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ITGS – Digital Society Update

The DP course title Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) will change to Digital Society in 2022. Find out more

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William Ramsey

William Ramsey was Scottish and was born in Glasgow on the 2nd October 1852 where he eventually went on to study chemistry at the University of Glasgow. His studies and research too him to Germany, Bristol and eventually University College London (UCL). Find out more

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How to use light to show the darkness

This blog will explain how I achieved some lighting effects for 'The Railway Children' that I co-designed the lights for recently, and will also refer to a play I saw in New York recently, that used very subtle lighting, very effectively. Find out more

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E/Z cis / trans – geometric isomers

The E/Z or cis / trans system can be used to name geometric isomers. Geometric isomers are molecules that have groups above and below the plane of a ring or double bond. Find out more

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Great Mathematicians 7 – Pythagoras

Much of what we know about Pythagoras is conjecture. We do know that he was born on the Greek island of Samos in about 570 BC. Around about 530 BC he founded what can only be called a rather bizarre sect in Croton, in Italy. Find out more

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