Three steps to an inclusive classroom in the IB Diploma

As educators we know that each student has a unique profile of strengths and needs and will approach learning in a diverse range of ways. In its broadest sense, inclusion is about improving the participation and outcomes for all students by looking at school based processes including pedagogy, assessment, curriculum alongside additional support and physical … Continue reading Three steps to an inclusive classroom in the IB Diploma

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?

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

Reading between the lines – “Computers ‘do not improve’ pupil results, says OECD”

Last week, this eye catching headline and article got plenty of press and created some interesting debate. At first look it made you think.... did the OECD really say that? Computers 'do not improve' pupil results, says OECD (BBC) The article was based on a just published OECD study looking at students, computers and their … Continue reading Reading between the lines – “Computers ‘do not improve’ pupil results, says OECD”

Exploring China’s economic slowdown with Infographics

Statistics and infographics help bring some of the more complex concepts to life in Economics. For a long time tools such as GapMinder have helped students explore development and inequalities between countries. A new great tool developed by the Guardian website, (How China's economic slowdown could weigh on the rest of the world) looks at … Continue reading Exploring China’s economic slowdown with Infographics