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Working from Observation (“direct observation”)

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

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On the Inconvenience of Being Immortal

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

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The Philosophy of “Game of Thrones”

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

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Democracy and Mediocrity

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

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It’s all in the detail

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

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Physics is a mathematical science!

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

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Newton and his 3rd Law

Explaining Newton’s third law in class: For every action, there is an equal but opposite reaction. Find out more

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I think therefore I can analyse?

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

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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

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Migration in Myanmar

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

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The new IB Diploma Maths syllabus

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

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Five Years of the process portfolio

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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Optical Illusions

An illusory figure is created when background figures, often with carefully placed gaps, create the strong illusion of a figure in the foreground - but the figure isn't actually there! - your brain is "filling in" the gaps. Find out more

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Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman uses photography in a creative, thoughtful, individual and admittedly sometimes provocative manner. Her photos could also form the basis of part of your Comparative Study or the critical investigation part of the Process Portfolio. Find out more

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Gaston Bachelard. Poetic Philosopher

Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962) is an unfairly neglected thinker who succeeded in carving himself a niche in the rich tradition of French philosophy of science. Trained as a physics and chemistry high school teacher, Bachelard took an early interest in epistemology. Find out more

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Oxbridge or not Oxbridge?

Many schools will be expecting students to be thinking about university applications after this summer break, and most of those decisions need to be decided now, at least as a first step. This post considers the idea of a student possibly applying to Oxford or Cambridge (jointly referred to as ‘Oxbridge’). Find out more

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Being human: how the drama genre means everything

"Meanwhile I want to go on talking to you as freely and intimately about what we live for and die for as if I knew you better than anyone else whom you know." English teachers want to open your eyes to what it means to be human and so do playwrights. Find out more

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Conquering Everest

Everest is an extreme environment, but is proving increasingly popular for tourists. Once the preserve of elite climbers, now it is becoming the focus for many inexperienced climbers who want a thrill. Find out more

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Combating the globalisation of waste management in south-east Asia

For a long-time, south-east Asia and other parts of West Africa have accepted waste from the world’s rich nations and recycled, reused or dumped it in their own environment. Even today, there are containers full of unwanted waste sitting in. Find out more

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Helping yourself to a prawn off your boss’s plate

Having recently started teaching Theory of Knowledge for the first time this academic year, the links between Language A and TOK are even clearer. Find out more

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