Curriculum development

  • Ideas for how to organize your course
  • Suggestions for one and two year approaches
  • Curriculum mapping
  • How to start to the course
  • Revision activities
  • TOK links

TIPS for setting up your course

  • Integration is key.  For example - teach research skills throughout the course and not as a stand-alone unit.

  • All of us are writing teachers. Teach writing skills throughout the course, and don't expect students to already be polished writers when they arrive in your class.

  • It is a good idea to start to the course with a mini-unit on the nature of psychology and psychological research. This is a great way to start off the course with a lot of hands-on activities, and it also allows you to do some diagnostics of the skill levels of your students.

  • Start the course by teaching what you are most comfortable with. This gives you time to prepare the areas of the course that you may find more challenging.

  • Look ahead to the options when look at the learning objectives in the core. Can you introduce ideas in the core but then develop them in the options? Could you address some of the learning objectives  in the options by revising something that you have already studied?

  • Teach options that you like - and for which you have resources. The class should study an option together, and students should not be encouraged to each study whichever options interest them.

  • Keep your eyes on the end goal: Help students to organize themselves; constantly review the key ideas - and give them lots of writing practice.

  • Use the learning objectives for your assessments.

  • Plan to do the internal assessment in class as much as possible.

  • Remember that learning is fun! Use many creative formative assessments to motivate students and keep their interest.

  • Get student feedback on how you are doing.  Students can often give amazing feedback to make you a better teacher.

Selected Pages

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Command Terms Sunday 18 September 2016

In the IB psychology course there are 3 levels of assessment objectives.The command terms indicate the level of study, i.e....
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Writing with critical thinking Friday 16 October 2015

One of the problems that students often have is how to include "critical thinking" into their exam essays. It is often clear...
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Claims and evidence Friday 16 October 2015

It is important to teach students the basics of arguments from the beginning of the course. Not only do they need to identify...
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Topic sentences Saturday 22 August 2015

When teaching students to write an essay, the first step is to plan out what will go in the essay. Often students want to...
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Organization of the ERQ Wednesday 22 June 2016

Writing an exam response to an extended responses question is not easy for many students. Unfortunately, there are many...
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Writing an SAQ Friday 16 October 2015

Do’s & Don’ts for SAQs Do’s Answer all of the questions. There are no choices...
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