Blog posts

Unit Plans 1 June 2019

Whitgift has spent this academic year gearing up for our five-year review. In the Physics department, this means ensuring that our Unit Plans are up-to-date and live. We have several IB teachers so, to... more

Getting started? 26 May 2019

It's always humbling to welcome new users to ThinkIB Physics, and to know that we're serving the needs and wants of our experienced subscribers too. As we near the end of Emma's 'vlog series' (two great... more

Practical work (and Paper 3) 17 May 2019

May Papers 1 and 2 have been and gone and now it's the turn of Paper 3. As well as revising the theoretical content of Measurements and uncertainties we should also remind our students that there are... more

Group 4 Project 11 May 2019

The Group 4 project is a compulsory 10 hour teamwork task for all IB Diploma students (not just physicists). Unassessed and ungraded, it is often a highlight of the programme for students and teachers... more

Single slit distraction 8 May 2019

All physics teachers and technicians have at some time struggled to set up the ripple tank so that you can actually see something. Maybe best to leave it to the students, this is the result... more

Extended Essay 4 May 2019

We don't have huge IB cohorts at Whitgift, but quite a few of the students choose physics for their extended essay subject. This year I supervised a student who investigated how the concentration of cornflour... more

Activities 25 April 2019

It's possible to teach physics as a 'lord of the board'. In fact, many of us do. There are many good reasons why, including controlling the pace of learning, ensuring that we cover the course and being... more

IA 2019 reflections 20 April 2019

I've just finished giving first draft feedback on my first year student's IA and thought I'd take time to reflect. As is probably the case with many schools, we have a problem getting students to hand... more

Assessment 20 April 2019

At some point or another all us physics teachers, IB or otherwise, come to a realisation. Our students didn't understand a concept to the extent that we'd hoped. This could be because of a lack of preparation... more

Individual investigation 12 April 2019

What goes through your students' heads when you mention the IA?They may not be Sherlock Holmes, or on a venture to uncover the structure of DNA, but your students will conduct some meaningful work in... more