Unit planning: Biology

IB Psychology: Unit planning: Biology

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Comments 8

Philip Clegg 23 August 2017 - 13:26

Can you please advise when the unit planner, lesson plans etc will be added?

John Crane 23 August 2017 - 15:55

They are being added as quickly as possible. Since the textbook has only just been finished, it will be a while. I will be starting with research and then working through the biological, cognitive and sociocultural units before starting the options.

Philip Clegg 6 September 2017 - 11:30

Thanks John

aradhana chhikara 25 September 2017 - 05:48

Hi John

Can you please clarify how to identify content as per the assessment requirement of SAQ/ERQ. That will usually guide the depth and detail we need to follow for lessons.

aradhana chhikara 25 September 2017 - 05:49

Earlier we had the command terms given upfront and now it is just the list of topics. Are we to assume that all the topics can either appear as SAQ/LAQ?

John Crane 26 September 2017 - 05:18

Dear Arandhana -

The SAQs come from the content column - with the exception of questions about research methods and ethics, which can be connected to the topic. See the link "Writing samples: BIological" in this section for a list of possible questions. And yes - all content may now be asked as either an SAQ or ERQ. (Essay)

Ron Bialkowski 6 November 2017 - 21:37

John,
I am planning the section on genetics and behavior and would like to avoid repeating material would repeat later in the course? Is Intelligence a legitimate subject for this chunk of the curriculum? I have taught it for several years and always thought that it naturally fit. I worry now with the new curriculum.

John Crane 7 November 2017 - 05:24

Dear Ron

I would not say that it is a natural fit - however, students do find it rather interesting. Personally, I postpone genetics until I do the options. I will teach it in the etiologies of abnormal behaviour. But I think that with the ability to only teach one or two sections of an option, since they are going to be asking one question from each section, it does take some pressure out of the curriculum. So, if this is something you love to teach, I would encourage you to use it. This will mean that when you do get to genetics of another behaviour, students should hopefully be able to transfer their learning and revise as well.


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