About this blog and how to use it

I am an IB DP Biology and TOK teacher in an international school and have taught IB Biology for 10 years. This blog is very much a work in progress as I and my students get our heads around the Nature of Science section of the new syllabus.  Some posts will be informational – links, resources etc. – and are designed as an additional resource for students.  Other posts may be more pedagogical and discuss how the NOS was taught to the students, what techniques worked and what didn’t. These might be of more interest to other teachers.

This site is organised around the syllabus topics as written in the guide (Topics 1-11 + Option A, which is what my students study) and also the different topics of the Nature of Science section.  The five Nature of Science topics are: What is Science?; The Understanding of Science; The Objectivity of Science; The Human Face of Science; and Scientific Literacy.

On the right-hand side of the site you will see a list of categories.  Each blog post is organised using two categories – the syllabus topic and the Nature of Science topic. For example, the blog post on DNA and models is categorised under both Topic 2 – Molecular Biology and What is Science? which is the relevant Nature of Science topic. This enables you to search for posts using either category.  The tags represent common topics (DNA, genes) and subsections of Nature of Science topics (Models, Ethics etc.) There are some patterns that you can explore to help with your study: for example, clicking on the tag “Models” shows that a number of topics use this in their Nature of Science statement and so this could be a useful way to vary your revision.

This blog is in no way linked or endorsed by the IB and should not be taken as definitive – any doubts, always check first with your IB DP Coordinator or the IB.


4 thoughts on “About this blog and how to use it

  1. Angela December 27, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    This is great, thank you so much.


    • simunderhill January 9, 2017 / 12:28 pm

      Thanks Angela, glad it is useful. Please let me know if you or your students have any feedback.


  2. R.E. March 1, 2018 / 7:35 am

    This is excellent. There is so much research literature on challenges to teaching NOS, and much of it points to explicit use of specific examples as one of the more effective components to teaching NOS. It is great to see someone so dedicated to advancing understanding of NOS.


    • simunderhill March 1, 2018 / 10:48 am

      Thanks for your kind words. Please let me know of any feedback that could help improve the site.


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