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Coaching students to succeed in answering difficult questions 18 October 2016
Do your students ever complain that they hadn't been taught the content of a question in your test? The chances are that the question is testing Aim 4. To develop an ability to analyse, evaluate and... more
Internal Assessment - latest guidance 30 September 2016
The 2016 examiners' report has just been released on the OCC. Are there changes or new instructions for the Internal Assessment? This blog post sumarises the main points to save you time.Of course there... more
Planting an olympic forest in Rio 2016 7 August 2016
.During the opening ceremony the Olympic rings turned a lush green. This was to symbolise the fact that 11,000 parading athletes were each given a tree seedling.Organisers have pledged that every tree... more
Awe & wonder versus pragmatism in IB Biology 19 June 2016
A recent question by a subscriber, Asli, started me thinking about the content of the IB Biology course we teach. I sometimes discuss with colleagues which topics are most important for our younger students... more
How to annotate investigations for the moderator 21 May 2016
Once students have finished their Individual Investigation that's it! They won't complete another assessed experiment during their IB and this makes me consider the way I annotate the investigations while... more
Upload of IA Investigations eCoursework 19 February 2016
The IB has recently announced changes to the admin and upload procedures for IA Investigations Group 4 subjects including Biology.In summary these are the changes:One real advantage of uploading the investigations... more
Guiding student ideas towards biological extended essays 17 January 2016
At this time of year many students begin to think about their Extended essay topic. I often have a student who comes to me and asks about an interesting idea which is more psychological than biological.... more
A new year reshuffle ! 7 January 2016
Now that the last exams from the "old IB Biology guide" are behind us it's time to change the top menu but don't panic. If you have been using a favorite resource from the old guide materials they are... more
Student access - a nice upgrade 11 November 2015
Those who are eagle eyed may have noticed a subtle change to the Inthinking Biology site homepage recently. It is now possible to edit your profile using 'Account details' or bookmark pages as 'Favourite... more