Textbooks and Kognity: resources for a new Economics Curriculum

A new IB Economics curriculum for August 2020 has prompted a flurry of discussion in our office about the new changes; what are the implications of new topics, what do the changes to assessments mean but also more pragmatic questions about resources and textbooks. I will try write a bit more about the curriculum changes … Continue reading Textbooks and Kognity: resources for a new Economics Curriculum

What makes a good Extended Essay question in Economics?

This series of posts will breakdown the six different components of the Extended Essay in Economics. This first post provides a little guidance on finding a good question and helps you reflection on three key questions... is your topic viable, feasible and personally desirable? Find a topic that sparks a passion Choosing a topic that … Continue reading What makes a good Extended Essay question in Economics?

Super easy PDF commenting for better collaborative reading and comprehension

In recent years lots of teachers would have spotted students developing the habit and tendency to skim read online and the shallow comprehension skills that follow. In Economics we constantly give students resources to read over to supporting their thinking and their understanding of case studies, yet many students will read too quickly and superficially … Continue reading Super easy PDF commenting for better collaborative reading and comprehension

EdPuzzle: video questions for formative assessment

Like all teachers, we see our face-to-face time with my classes as incredibly valuable and precious. I want to spend as much of this time as possible checking for understanding, exploring key questions and helping student grapple with complex ideas where I can coach, probe and support. When introducing a new concept we often default … Continue reading EdPuzzle: video questions for formative assessment

Why inquiry is central to concept based teaching and learning

In the two subjects that I have always loved and taught, Geography and Economics illustrative examples and case studies are the tools that every teachers uses to bring the subject to life. Real world examples such as those connected to earthquakes, recessions or endemic unemployment help students grapple with and contextualise otherwise abstract concepts. My … Continue reading Why inquiry is central to concept based teaching and learning

The Honeycomb – reinforcing connections between concepts in Economics

As a quick lesson starter, or revision tool the following activity is an excellent way to consolidate conceptual understandings. In my Economics class this year, I am exploring lots of different ways to developing deeper thinking and conceptual understandings and this was a really positive lesson. With the aid of a visual, the task asks … Continue reading The Honeycomb – reinforcing connections between concepts in Economics

Sorting, grouping and working with examples: Concept Formation in Economics

In beginning a new unit, teachers always look for prior knowledge and then attempt to build on these understandings. A wide range of research points to this as an essential way to make 'learning stick', by developing students mental schema and to help them hang new learning from existing frameworks. Activating prior knowledge In starting … Continue reading Sorting, grouping and working with examples: Concept Formation in Economics