Thematic? Holistic? Integrated? What do they all mean?

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If you’ve been following the conversations on the OCC and facebook forums, you’ve probably read, seen and heard people discussing approaches to teaching IB Psychology using terms like holistic, thematic and integrated. You might have even heard these terms on a workshop. For new teachers, this might be quite confusing, so in this post I’ll just quickly clarify what these …

Teaching Tip: Research Methods

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When I first started teaching IB Psychology I followed the syllabus pretty much as it was laid out in the guide, beginning with the biological level of analysis. I even taught the LOs as they appear as well. But after a couple of years I realized that teaching the ethics, principles and research methods first in a unit (as they …

Sample course outlines

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Here is a doc’ that I quickly put together to highlight some options for different course structures using the themantic approach. Please note these times are approximations. In fact, the time allocations are generous. For example, the Criminology unit has 27 “lessons” but allows for 35 hours. I’ve always allocated more hours than lessons, to allow for teaching writing skills, …

Relating for Understanding

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I’ve found that a good consolidation activity to start lessons is to use the following diagram to get students thinking about how things are related. This can help students understand significant relationships, but can also consolidate their comprehension of key terms and concepts. It take zero planning and is really effective at consolidating learning and developing understanding. You can simply …

Tip for Cutting Content #2: HL Extension – Cognitive Approach

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Many people are worried about the amount of “content” in the IB Psychology course, but if you identify core concepts within the guide you can easily find overlaps, reduce content and enhance conceptual understanding in your students. Remember that all assessments will ask students about a core concept (i.e. a relationship between behaviour, variables, research or ethics). Let’s look at …