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Subscriber comments


  • 20 Oct Noah Mass
    Written tasks
    Hi David: Yes, that's really very helpful! I will continue to base my feedback on the assessment expectations themselves, and guide them towards (what I hope is) their best work. Best, Noah Best, Noah
  • 19 Oct John Richardson
    Sex in ads
    Not quite, although thank you. I watched her TED talk and then there was a summary of her major points. It was a busy day yesterday. Perhaps I was hallucinating.
  • 19 Oct David McIntyre
    Individual oral commentary
    Hi Will, The poem should not exceed 40 lines. Often less than 40 works well. You may decide - using professional judgment, but breaking prescription - that you do want to include a poem that, with short line length, has, say, 42 lines. I...
  • 19 Oct Will Fordham
    Individual oral commentary
    Hi Tim, Just a quick question, if I may: in selecting a poem for an extract for the IOC, does it matter if the poem is 42 lines long? Or just under 40? Is there any guidance for whether the text has to be specifically 40 lines? Sorry to...
  • 19 Oct David McIntyre
    Requirements
    Hi Maha, It is acceptable as a free choice. However, I would recommend against it. Arguably, it is a book for children and doesn't have the kind of 'literary qualities' to be found in the the PLA/PLT. I think you need to use your professional...
  • 19 Oct David McIntyre
    Sex in ads
    Is this the page, John?
  • 19 Oct Maha abou chaar
    Requirements
    Hi Tim, Is Harry Potter the Sorcerer's Stone accepted alone as a free choice for part 3? If not, can the students read with it Harry Potter and the Chamber of secrets? Thanks
  • 19 Oct Kate Wilson
    Criteria
    Thanks David. I was asking on behalf on teachers teaching English B in my department really but the criteria is quite different. Thank you so much for your speedy response and this website is incredibly helpful; it has made teaching IB so much...
  • 19 Oct John Richardson
    Sex in ads
    I am sure I saw a short point form summary of Jean Killbourne's TED talk on this website, or maybe it was her movie, but now I can't see it. Can you please help?
  • 18 Oct Katherine Adisa
    Criteria
    My apologies, I am multi-tasking here. I meant to say 'for this written task.
  • 18 Oct David McIntyre
    Written tasks
    Hi Noah, From my perspective, my hesitation is driven by a reluctance to avoid any perceived criticism of an institution. Different schools do this differently. What is important (again, in my view), is that your school develops a policy,...
  • 18 Oct Noah Mass
    Written tasks
    Hi David: Well, let me ask it a different way: when you help students decide which WTs to send off, do you give them what you think IB will mark or do you just restrict yourself to feedback that will be helpful? As we do not yet have a school-wide...