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

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When online learning amplifies the face-to-face classroom

Life as a High School teacher is a tricky balancing game. Conversation in the office revolves around the trade off between doing something in incredible depth through an engaging lesson or skimming over something quickly. This tradeoff comes about because as High School teachers we still feel that we are the best people to explain and … Continue reading When online learning amplifies the face-to-face classroom

IB Diploma Onscreen Assessment – stepping into the unknown

A year ago I spotted an interesting development for the International Baccalaureate programme tucked away in a blog post on their website. Substantial planning is underway for the migration of DP examinations from paper to on-screen. We are extremely excited about this important development for the IB. It means that exam papers will no longer be printed … Continue reading IB Diploma Onscreen Assessment – stepping into the unknown