I have just been on the training in Athens after teaching IB since January (see my earlier posts). My top tips that I have learned from the training: overlap as much as possible, they encourage it a lot, and you do not need to teach one paper then another, as you would at GCSE/A-level.For example Mao works as a single party ruler and his death links to paper 1, and he is in Asia (another region!), whereas Stalin is also a single party ruler, and he comes up in the cold war on paper 2, and the cold war overlaps well with the collapse of communism on paper 1, and i believe there is also a section on America and the cold war on p3 for higher. Overlapping can really cut down what you need to teach.
The courses are designed so that you teach history rather than exams, so do this. Stick to the rules as far as coursework/EEs are concerned, and they are REALLY hot on plagarism.
Also, standard really means standard and higher does mean higher, so think carefully about who does what. In a nutshell if you don't think they would cope well with A-2 then they will struggle to get good marks at higher, and this could stuff them up later in the course as I'm not sure how easy it is to swap, and it could stuff up their whole diploma.
Read all of the stuff on the IB CC especially if it is talking about marking as the marking has to be learned, and although they will give you lots of examples next year it might be good to go with some questions. Of course, schoolhistory are ace too.
I would also say that they don't expect the students to have an in depth knowledge of everything for p1+2, it's impossible, so A-level texts for example can be too detailed. This is where i fell down this year. They need a braod sweep of knoweldge and to be able to compare and contrast regiemes for p2, so again consider this when you plan your SoW. They need the detailed examples for p3 (higher), so consider this when buying texts. Also remember that there are a massive range of schools who teach IB across the world so it would be unreasonable for IB to expect them to have read very
widely...although they are very keen that students are independant workers- think about what the students are taking on!
Hope this helps
PS the official training is excellent: I now understand IB!
Edited by Jenjane, 12 August 2008 - 01:12 PM.