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As a teacher new to DP, David's InThinking website has been an invaluable resource. While the IB guides are very useful, there are areas that require clarification, clarification I have repeatedly found on David's website. Having access to both the website...

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This site is an invaluable resource of information both for starting teachers and experienced ones. It is always up-to-date with new additions in all exam components. One of the best things about this site however is the immediate contact with its curator...

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Our school has subscribed to InThinking English since we started our IB program in 2013. David provides excellent resources and sensible guidance which answers questions directly. As well as building program contents, there’s invaluable advice about...

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  • 17 Jun Anna Orłowska
    Cat.2 clarified
    Hi David, One of students is thinking of investigating the influence of Michelle Obama's personal life experience on choosing her advocacies as FLOTUS, namely 'let's move' , 'let's girls learn' and military families initatives. The EE will...
  • 14 Jun Joyce Yaung
    Literature
    Ah, I see, David. Fair enough. Thanks for your insight! :)
  • 12 Jun David Ripley
    Extended Essay 2018
    Are you suggesting that this student has two supervisors, Christine? If so, why? In any case, I would have thought that the final responsibility belongs to the school supervisor - after consultation with the other supervisor. It is the school,...
  • 12 Jun David Ripley
    Literature
    My reading of the Subject Guide, Joyce, is that the Oral IA procedure should be based on 2 books (all of the instructions refer to just 2, not to anything like 'two or more'). The students should know which two texts will be used for the final...
  • 12 Jun David Ripley
    Listening exam #1
    Thank you for this, Joyce - very useful. Important points to note: 1. Point 5 - students can write questions "at any time" ... although they should be warned that they shouldn't write in answers that they think they 'know' from general knowledge:...
  • 12 Jun CHRISTINE E. YOLDAŞ
    Extended Essay 2018
    Hi David, one of my students has an external supervisor. Who needs to write the cover letter outlining the level of supervision? The external supervisor or the school supervisor? It doesn't seem to be clear in the EE guide.
  • 12 Jun Joyce Yaung
    Literature
    Dear David, For this part, if my school decides to do 3 texts, do you think it would be appropriate to use all 3 texts for the IO? (so e.g. student #1 gets extract book 1 & extract book 2, student #2 gets extract book 1 & extract book 3) ...
  • 12 Jun Joyce Yaung
    Listening exam #1
    First of all, thank you, David, for compiling this listening task!!! Much appreciated! I am not sure if those who wondered about the logistics have found out this information yet, but let me paste the instructions on the cover page of the...
  • 12 Jun Hettie Dollenberg
    Listening exam #1
    THANK YOU! Much appreciated!
  • 5 Jun Caroline Dean
    Social organisation
    That is good news, David, thanks very much!
  • 4 Jun David Ripley
    Social organisation
    I can see no problem with using a play, Caroline. Remember that the instruction in the Guide is " UP TO " 300 words, so an extract of, say, 200 words would be perfectly acceptable. Indeed, play dialogue can sometimes be highly suitable, since...
  • 4 Jun Caroline Dean
    Social organisation
    Dear David, I would like to know if you would consider a play as suitable for the Individual oral. As an extract of 300 words is needed to comment on, I was wondering what your thoughts were. Thanks very much, Caroline Dean