This much I know about EAL teaching

In my view, biology is a subject that is largely about language instruction. Of course, this doesn’t mean, to the...

Moving on, handing over: 2

This post continues from yesterday’s post. Working with colleagues For any guidance department to be successful it needs, like all...

Moving on, handing over: 1

Making the decision to move on is not easy. Particularly when you have spent the last four years building a...

Why I am not a fan of the MYP

I am an IB educator and I believe in the mission of the IB. When I first started teaching the...

Biology vocabulary

UPDATE: I had a bit of response to this on twitter and two colleagues have shared lists that already exist...

Swapping the Alps for the Yangtze: Paperwork 1

In November 2017 my partner and I made the decision to relocate our family from Switzerland to China. I explained...

Team culture: teachers and counsellors

“I am applying to Bangor” the student said. “Oh, great! I applied there too!” says I, “It is an excellent...

Why revising for seven hours a day at Easter isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

There has been a bit of twatter on twitter recently caused by the headlines in newspapers suggesting that students should...

From Knowledge to Understandings

Recently (when I first started this post at least) I blogged about the best way to begin the DP biology...

Swapping the Alps for the Yangtze: Prelude

In December last year, my partner and I succeeded in securing new teaching posts….in China.  A lot of people, both in...