Unit planning: Biology

IB Psychology: Unit planning: Biology

This section of the site has two purposes. First, it is here that you will find curriculum related material - particularly, the unit planners and advice on how to address the ATL planners on Managebac if your school is using that program.Secondly, this section replaces "teacher notes." For the different components of the curriculum, you will find lesson plans, with links to activities on the site that you may find...

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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

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.

Paulomi Choudhury 20 February 2018 - 03:13

Dear John,
This website has been the best resource , especially in the light of the confusion regarding the new curriculum. I am about to start biological approach soon but I would have love to have seen what kind of content you would recommend before I start teaching . Is there any approximate date by when the BLOA will be populated on the site? I could plan my lessons accordingly . Thank you !

John Crane 20 February 2018 - 09:51

Dear Paulomi,

I have been outlining it and will start this week. You will see a general "unit plan" under the heading "Unit Planning: Biology" in the menu in the left margin. Hopefully that will give you a few ideas. The textbook online will be the basis for the lesson plans.

Maja Hull Heyde Nielsen 2 May 2018 - 12:55

Hi John. It seems I am unable to plan a lesson without your lesson planning ideas ;-) Will you put up LP ideas for Pheromones and the Genetics part of the Bio Approach also? Thanks, John.

John Crane 3 May 2018 - 05:15

Dear Maja

I am working on them now. Hoping to have them both up in the next week or so. I am wrapping up the school year by looking at love. Right now assessing students on decision making - which they have really liked. Very surprised with their enthusiasm!

Psychology ASGBSA 4 May 2018 - 16:18

Hi John,
Yes same here they really enjoyed decision making I have one lesson left to give on cognitive biases then considering giving them a small assessment on it. Hopefully by then you would have posted the love LPs. Really appreciate the lesson plans they are a lot of help.


John Crane 4 May 2018 - 16:31

Love will happen this weekend....

Maja Hull Heyde Nielsen 5 May 2018 - 18:25

Read your last comment out of context and thought, "hey, good for you", haha.
Thanks for the reply. Am teaching pheromones on Monday, so will have to try to put something together. You must be a genius getting your students to love thinking and decision making. No such luck for me. Thanks, again.
Best, Maja

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