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Approaches to teaching Biology - ATL 2 December 2018

I've thought for a while that one of the transferable benefits of students learning a musical instrument is the coaching they get in how to learn. Music teachers can achieve this with their students in... more

Put down your highlighter! 31 July 2018

Put down your highlighter. Make marginal notes or comments instead. How many of us see students highlighting key points but actually covering the whole page in fluorescent colour?When I see a student... more

InThinking student groups 7 July 2018

Imagine if you could ask your students to read a page of this website and your mark book automatically checked that they have done this reading assignment? Perhaps you want students to write a comment... more

Using micro-organisms in IB Bio labs 31 May 2018

We cannot argue that micro-organisms are as important to our lives as photosynthesis. We shouldn't describe bacteria simply as harmful or beneficial, because our relationship with micro-organisms is complex,... more

Teacher planning pages - student access 4 May 2018

The student access for the teacher planning pages has just changed. Teachers can now turn on/off the student access to these page using the function "Add/Edit Content", in the same way as for model... more

Uploading IA samples to IBIS? 24 March 2018

In the northern hemisphere only a few weeks remain before the April deadline to upload samples for the Biology IA - the Individual investigation. Here are a few reminders for teachers.For more detail... more

Struggling to navigate the PRC? 15 January 2018

Since the closure of the OCC and the development of the new programme resource centre (PRC) for official IBO documents I have been taking some time to find the things I need; such as the guidance on ATLs... more

Concept based learning 10 January 2018

Concepts in learning provide a support to extend and deepen student understanding. They provide a structure to help students and teachers alike make connections between different areas of Biology and... more

Reflex arc - playground model 15 September 2017

Walking along a neurone and passing chemicals (sweets) to the next neurone could be a great way to illustrate the reflex arc with IB students. I recently tried this out at the end of term and my students... more

Using a database in Individual Investigations 31 August 2017

It's hard to persuade students that it might be a good ideas to use a database for their investigation. Stuents have lots of experience of manipulating glassware in the lab, but not so much experience... more