Blog posts

June 6th Update 6 June 2019

David and I know you need "bodies of work" and it is something that we hear loud and clear. Once I hit summer vacation (still two more weeks to go!), I will be cracking away at that beast as often as... more

Bodies of Work 24 May 2019

I can’t lie. I’ve been putting off this blog post because I know I don’t have all the answers to your detailed, specific, precise and sometimes hard-hitting questions about the idea of “bodies... more

Individual Oral Exemplar Now on the Site! 14 May 2019

David has been extremely busy the last 10 days or so. He’s posted a bunch of exemplars for the new course. You will find the Paper 1 exemplars and the Paper 2 exemplars under the “Assessment (2021... more

Approaching Exams: An Open Letter to Students 9 May 2019

Dear Students,Rites of passage, including coming of age, often involve elaborate and sometimes painful rituals. From around the world, some of these transition to adulthood ceremonies involve wearing... more

All About the Learner Portfolio 26 April 2019

This week, I've put my time and energy into thinking about how to help you with the learner portfolio. I’ve posted a bunch of different resources to help you get your head around it and I hope you... more

Creating Student Accounts 5 April 2019

Dear Fellow IB Language A: Language and Literature Teachers,Firstly, a big thank you to you and your schools for subscribing to the English A: Language and literature website. We really hope you are... more

8 Total Course Outlines! 4 April 2019

InThinking has now published eight course outlines on the site. You can find the final two Standard Level course outlines here. Whether you take an area of exploration approach, a conceptual approach,... more

Standard Level Course Outlines - May 2021 Exams and Beyond 28 March 2019

I’ve posted two Standard Level course outlines to compliment the Higher Level course outlines on the site. Next week, I’ll post two more. At that point, there will be 8 different course outlines... more

PowerPoint Introductions 21 March 2019

PowerPoint is a bit like Brussel sprouts; you either love it, or you hate it. Personally speaking, my preference is for sprouts. Listening to a turgid ‘death by PowerPoint’ presentation is, well,... more

Two "Creative" Course Outlines 14 March 2019

I've updated the site and added two new Higher Level course outlines for first teaching in August of 2019 with first exams in May of 2021 (see course outline #3 and #4). You can find them here and you... more