Preparation for EE Writing Day – 03 May 2018

It’s hard to believe that your time in Grade 11 is almost over. When I count down to the end of the year, it gives me a bit of anxiety to think that we only have eight weeks left until 22 June, but it also makes me excited because it’s such an adrenaline-filled time of year!

In between now and June, you have SO much going on, and it’s vital that you remain organised and focus on your priorities. Between Project Week, IA’s, IOC’s, field trips, Group 4, and of course, the EE, you’ve got a lot to do. Google Calendar is a great tool to keep track of classes and assignments, but I’d also like to suggest Google Keep. Don’t know what this is? You can check it out here.

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This is just one way I use Google Keep. It helps me to keep track of the things I need to do this week.

With EE Writing Day coming up next week, I want you to feel as organised and confident as possible so that you can have the most productive day. Below is the slide show I presented this morning. Have a look through, check out the links, and ensure you have yourself organised.

Remember, Beyoncé is always prepared. Are you?

The EE in 2018 — What’s Your Jam?

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My favourite is raspberry. What’s yours?

I attended a workshop last week about the benefits of blogging in education. You know me … I love to write and blog and link and record and reflect.

That’s my jam.

But what happens when your jam jar is empty? What if there’s no more jam??

One of the things I learned from the workshop is that the moment you begin to feel like you have nothing to say is the exact moment you should begin to write. The reason itself makes a lot of sense.

Blogging is the best way to work things out. Not everything we write down has to be perfect; it just has to be. Usually, the process of writing in a stream of consciousness helps to clarify and organise your thoughts. So this is what I’m doing now: writing down my thoughts about the EE for 2018 and organising everything as I go along. Here’s my list so far:

  1. Thank you to all of you for submitting your proposals on time. They are now in the hands of the heads of department and are currently being shared with teachers. Supervisor allocations will come out after Chinese New Year break.

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2. In the meantime, I’d like you to add an EE category to your digital portfolios (or blogs, as I like to call them). Not sure how to do it? Check out Tricia’s instructional video below:

 

Over the course of the EE process, you’ll be writing three separate reflections and your blogs are a great place for you to keep track of your own thought process. Also, they will be so easy to share with your supervisor.

3. We hosted a Grade 11 Coffee Morning for your parents last Friday. If you’d like to have a look at what we discussed, you can click below:

What’s your jam for 2018? Leave me a comment below. Maybe we can have a jam-jam.

(That’s a homonym. Deal with it.)

 

World Studies Extended Essay

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… and how can these be explored through a WSEE?

According to the IB, the World Studies Extended Essay (WSEE) “enables students to engage in an interdisciplinary examination of a topic of local and global significance. Students develop their understanding of their chosen topic by drawing on two Diploma Programme disciplines, one of which they must be studying already” (“Teacher Support Material”).

This is an exciting option for students to consider and one that should be encouraged as they begin the EE process. Essentially, the WSEE allows students to study and research two IB subject areas and connect them to an issue of contemporary global importance. The WSEE also allows students to focus on a local manifestation of a particular issue and should fit under one of the following themes:

  • Health and development
  • Culture, language, and identity
  • Environmental and/or economic sustainability
  • Science, technology, and society
  • Equality and inequality
  • Conflict, peace, and security

Paul LaRondie (PLR) hosted an assembly this morning based on the WSEE. During his presentation, he went into more detail regarding the WSEE and possible approaches students could take. If you were absent during his presentation, you can find his informational slide show below:

There is a hyperlink on the first slide of sample WSEE research questions (RQ’s) in case you’d like to see how past students have combined their passion for two different subject areas. If you are excited at the prospect of writing a WSEE and would like to meet to discuss it further, please leave a comment below, drop me a line via email, or come and see me in my classroom.

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“What’s it about?” Sharing information about the WSEE with our Grade 11 students.

Works Cited

“Teacher Support Material.” |The International Baccalaureate|Le Baccalauréat International|El Bachillerato Internacional|(2), ibpublishing.ibo.org/extendedessay/apps/dpapp/tsm.html?doc=d_0_eeyyy_gui_1602_1_e&part=4&chapter=11. Accessed 6 Dec. 2017.

Information & Guide to the Extended Essay. Two Different Slide Shows. Two Different Purposes.

Last week, I sent the current Grade 11 students an email outlining upcoming events taking place surrounding the Extended Essay. Mainly, I wanted to share the EE Information & Guide slide doc with them in preparation for today’s assembly, which had a bit of flair to it.

Here is the slide doc I shared last week, chock-full of information regarding the EE:

… and here is the presentation I showed the students today (thanks Beyoncé!):

As you can see, the two slide shows are quite different.

The reason I did this is because the slide doc is not meant to be presented. It’s meant to be a portal for information that is easily accessible and read by its intended audience. Today’s presentation, however, needed a little more Sasha Fierce. It doesn’t need to be read so much as it needs to be SEEN!! How else do you hold the attention of nearly 300 Grade 11 students?

More information will be forthcoming as we get closer to launching the proposals. Do let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment below.

 

Sample Viva Voce – 4 Voices

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Elvis Presley (I’ll bet his Viva Voce would be amazing!!)

For a supervisor, I believe the most satisfying part of the entire Extended Essay process is the Viva Voce.

(who else is singing “Viva Las Vegas” in their heads right now …?)

Anyway, I digress …

What I love about the Viva Voce is that it is a chance to really celebrate what our students have accomplished. For the majority of our students, the EE is a great way for them to showcase their passion for a subject area, their research and writing skills, as well as their critical thinking skills. In the Viva Voce, students can reflect on their EE journey and talk about the process in a thoughtful and compelling way. It’s always so nice to see students consider their past struggles and make the connection to how it’s brought them to their present state of being a more refined and enlightened young adult.

Am I being too idealistic? I don’t think so.

Have a listen to the following audio recordings of four different students. You’ll understand what I mean once you hear their voices.

EE Day – A Day of Celebration

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Last week, our Grade 12 students proudly submitted the final draft of their Extended Essays. For most students, this was followed by a tremendous sigh of relief. Indeed, it is quite an accomplishment for our seniors, and one that should be celebrated, which is why we host an EE Day every year.

This year’s EE Day took place on 30 October 2017. All seniors were encouraged to “dress” as their EE (to the best of their abilities, of course). As always, our students did not disappoint. Check out some of the amazing costume ideas below. Can you guess what these students wrote their EE’s about?

Please join me in congratulating our Grade 12’s on a job well done. The path to completing the Extended Essay hasn’t always been easy, but these seniors have worked their way through, knowing that success was in sight.

At this time, I’d also like to thank the parents who have supported our seniors throughout this process. They have provided many things for our seniors, including comfort, love, and sometimes, a shoulder to cry on. They also took the time to bake and cook so that our students would have something delicious to eat on EE Day. Their continued support is much appreciated.

Finally, I’d like to thank all the teacher supervisors for their patience, wisdom, and time (oh yes, the time!) The work you do with our students does not go unnoticed, and for that we are all thankful.

Please check out the slide show of EE Day below.

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Photos courtesy of Su Allen, Anna Parr, Niki Dinsdale, and yours truly.

Interview with Adam Steele, Head of Business and Enterprise

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In this brief audio interview, Adam helps us understand the expectations for students who are considering studying IB Business, which is new to UWCSEA East this year.

Below you can find links to some of the sites Adam mentions in his interview:

tutor2u

Entrepreneur

IB Business and Management

Bloomberg

Derek Burton

MSNBC

TED Business

The Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise (raiSE)