I’m just about to start teaching the acids and bases topic to my students. Acids and bases are interesting compounds because the terms ‘acid’ and ‘base’ are just labels we have given to explain different types of reactions. Find out more
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) extreme events that used to have a return period of once every century could be happening on some coastlines every year by 2050. Find out more
Silver offers some interesting opportunities to do something different with your teaching. You may teach about it / include it when you are looking at the halogens or when covering redox reactions. I hope this blog post gives you some ideas. Find out more
In eastern Uganda, population growth has forced farmers to farm smaller plots of land. Whereas in the past many farmers had access to manure from their animals, increasingly they are having to rely on chemical fertilisers. Find out more
Urban farming (also known as vertical farming) is an intensive form of agriculture which produces high quality crops year round. Crops are grown in an artificial environment in which temperature and humidity are carefully controlled. Find out more
Brazil accounts for around 40% of the world’s rain forests and around 10-15% of the world’s biodiversity. Over the last fifty years, it has lost about 20% of the original 4 million km2 of rainforest due to farming, logging, dam construction, mining and other infrastructural developments. Find out more
If you met Aristotle at a party he might inquire if you live the golden mean. This moralist theory is useful to consider characterisation, themes and reader response. Find out more
Work from observation can do a lot more than just improve your understanding of your work ‘and the work of others’ – in many ways it can be seen as fundamental to art-making, acknowledging and emphasizing the importance of looking and seeing. Find out more
The most fundamental premise of philosophy is our human ability to propose some reasoned answers to questions related to the meaning of life, our place in the universe and the plausibility of immortality. Find out more
The global popularity of “Game of Thrones” can be partly ascribed to the many themes raised throughout the eight seasons of the American television series. Behind the first veil of medieval fantasy lurk the ghosts of Hobbes and Machiavelli and their depiction of political power as the deadliest game of chess imaginable. Find out more
Friedrich Nietzsche was particularly contemptuous of the mediocrity which, in his view, prevailed among his contemporaries. His philosophical ideal of individuals knowing themselves so thoroughly that they were able to soar above the rest of the human ‘herd’ has become offensive to our modern conception of democracy and equality Find out more
Mathematics, as you will know from Theory of Knowledge, is at the top of the tree of knowledge. It is self-referential - that is, its theorems do not need to be proven by reference to the real world, but instead by starting with other axioms and theorems. Find out more
This is a quick note for those students who are just starting the IB Physics Diploma Course. For most students, they take the HL course because they really like the subject or it is a requirement for their ultimate application to university (a physics or engineering course). Students often take the SL course because they simply like the subject. Find out more
Explaining Newton’s third law in class: For every action, there is an equal but opposite reaction. Find out more
The top three most asked questions of your English teachers: How many quotations should I use per paragraph? What’s the best structure for a comparative essay? What are the markers looking for in a conclusion? Find out more
Many parts of the Northern Hemisphere have experienced heatwaves over the last month. Gallargues-le-Mountueux recorded France’s highest ever temperature of 45.9°C, beating the existing record by 1.8°C. Cambridge recorded the highest temperature ever in the UK. Find out more
Myanmar has experienced a surge in migration over the last decade. The lifting of restrictions on internal migration has led to a rapid increase in the number of migrants to urban areas and the economy. Find out more
For courses starting 2019, with first exams in 2021, the landscape has changed. So now there are four courses to choose from, two at HL and two at SL (Analysis and Approaches and Applications and Interpretation). How do you choose which to take? Find out more
We have now had FIVE full years of the ‘new’ visual arts course and the Process Portfolio. It was started in 2014, with first examinations in 2016, so for those of us who have been here from the start, the annual hurdles should be getting less daunting and more familiar. Find out more
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