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I decided I wanted my students to have more of a connection with what is happening during photosynthesis. We are an MYP school and sometimes their background knowledge can be very patchy. Also, most of my students are taking ESS as their only Science.Approaches to Teaching"Seeing Photosynthesis"First we had a piece of pondweed in an upturned test tube with a light shining on the set-up....
If like me, you are teaching your students practical ecology at a different time to the ecological principles in 2.1 - 2.4 then this is a useful task to help them remember some important ecological terms.Here is a download of the activity. Review of Ecological VocabularyStudent TaskPlace the correct term against its definition.TermDefinitionA non-living factor of an environmentCompetition between...
Using Excel - Some TutorialsI always ask students to use Microsoft Excel to process their data. Yes google sheets is becoming increasingly sophisiticated but is not as powerful in the presentation of data. I particularly like the latest version of Office which seems to be much more intuitive. On this page you will find a collection of youtube tutorials which demonstrate how to produce a variety of...
Guiding Students through the Independent InvestigationIt is important to keep the independent Investigation to a scale which is doable in the ten hours allocated. This is a relatively simple investigation and not an Extended Essay. There are similarities but keep this "doability" in mind. The students should be able to complete the lab work / surveys in about 3-5 hours. During my piloting...
This is an exciting time with your fresh faced and non IB weary new recruits. This is also a precious and important part of the course where you can really hook in the students with up to date, relevant and thought provoking activities. Both Zoe and I will spend some time in the first week completing these activities with the students.
Writing the Independent Investigation The Independent Investigation (II) should take about 10 hours of your time, including the planning and investigation stages. It is worth 25% of the final grade reflecting the importance that the IB places on the practical nature of the ESS and its involvement in problem solving environmental issues. The II should demonstrate the skills students have learned in...
Environmental Value Systems (EVSs)Environmental value systems are an excellent way to start the course and get to know your students. I like to start by asking students to explore what they know already, who they are (in the context of the environment) and why they think the way they do. This then helps to explore why other people have different EVSs and thus opinions about the problems and solutions...
Your Teaching RouteWe can teach this course in many different orders or through themes. Participating in discussions with fellow workshop leaders, examiners and in online forum such as the Facebook group for ESS teachers I've found that new teachers to the course can be quite anxious about their route. There is really no "right" way and you have to develop a route which fits your circumstances...
Environmental Scrap BookKeeping up with the news about the environment is an important part of this course. Students entering class and telling you about the latest piece of news or idea they have heard about is one of the potential joys of this course. There are various ways of doing this. Some teachers have a rotating "360°" activity where students take turns, each lesson, or each...
This website provides an extensive range of rich resources that are implementation ready. There is something for everyone in here. Both new and experienced teachers will find value, ranging from practical lab activities as well as online database/simulation...
I really love that you have so many activities and video that would engage in classes. All the teaching material are ready to use; and the tests and annotated marking of works are super helpful!
An excellent resource for new teachers, putting together the first syllabus. It also helps more experienced teachers with new idea and new perspectives.
17 April 2019
It is an immense privilege to teach this course but it also has many challenges. Students may choose it because they "hate" science, some may... more
13 May Laura Hamilton
Student AccessHi Regina After you log in, click on your name from the drop down menu and access groups from there. The "group" icon on this page is just a picture.
12 May Regina Katz
Student AccessHi- I am trying to click on the 'groups' icon- but it does not allow me.
2 May Laura Hamilton
4.3 Sustainable AquacultureThanks Sarah Ann, I've changed it.
1 May Sarah Ann Shea
4.3 Sustainable AquacultureDan Barbour is a chef, a much-recognized one from Tarrytown, NY, USA. Not a comedian despite being funny.