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Market Structure Short Answer Bank (Higher Level)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Following on from my earlier blog today with the essay bank I have put together a selection of short answer questions from previous IB higher papers that focus on the theory of the firm. The short answer paper is Paper 2, lasts one hour, and candidates have to answer three ten mark questions from a choice of five.

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Market Stucture Essay Bank (Higher Level)

To tie in with the revision sheets I am currently producing on market structures I have put together an essay bank of questions that have appeared on the topic over the last few years. I am sure you don’t need reminding but the essay paper is Paper 1 and you have one hour to write one essay from a choice of four. Part a) is worth 10 marks and part b) 15 marks. After each essay I have put the year the question is from and whether it is the May or November sitting. e.g. (M08) = May 2008.

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IB Higher Level- Monopolistic Competition

Although this is a market structure that makes pretty infrequent appearances on the IB higher level papers it is still worth knowing the fundamentals. I have produced a two-sided worksheet to aid you with your revision. I have found that my classes really like the video clips that I have linked in the document.

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IB Higher Level- Perfect Competition

Monday, March 30, 2009

A revision worksheet for the higher level micro topic perfect competition.

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IB Higher Level - Theory of the Firm Diagram Quiz

A ten question diagram quiz on one of the major higher level topics for IB students

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Calling all Upper Sixth Economists

Sunday, March 29, 2009

I expect that many of you have or are just about to head off for your revision packed Easter break before your final IB exams in early May.

I would very much like the material found on the blog over the coming weeks to be driven by you. If you want some help with past paper questions or theory content from the syllabus then do drop me a line, I can then produce relevant material to your revision needs.

Over the next couple of days I will be producing revision worksheets for the major micro higher level topic The Theory of the Firm and posting on the blog. Keep logging on!

Adam Smith and the Credit Crunch

Adam Smith is often considered the ‘the father of capitalism’ but what would he have thought of the current credit crunch?

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The Middle Years Program

There was an article in last week’s Sunday Times by the Master of Wellington College, Anthony Seldon, that may be of interest to IB coordinators. It is a piece that argues strongly in favour of the IB as a qualification and specifically the Middle Years program (Yr9 - 11) as an alternative to GCSEs. Wellington will offer the MYP from September 2009.

The IBO website has more detailed information about the MYP.

Pupils on the Credit Crunch

In the lead up to the G20 schools from around the world have been discussing the financial crisis and how they have been directly or indirectly affected by it. This looks like a great project for IB teachers and students to get involved with.

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Students interview Darling

Saturday, March 28, 2009

A group of ten students from Exmouth Community College in Devon interview the UK Chancellor Alistair Darling about the credit crunch and who is to blame.

New Zealand

Friday, March 27, 2009

Just over two weeks ago one of my best friends flew out to New Zealand for six months to play in their domestic rugby season. He is intending to supplement his income from rugby by getting a part time job. A report on the BBC website this morning indicates that this may be harder than he first thought.

The New Zealand economy shrank at its fastest rate in 17 years in the last three months of 2008. Its GDP fell by 0.9%, the most since 1992. The decline is being led by a stuttering manufacturing sectot. The IMF expects a 2% decline in GDP in 2009. New Zealand was last in recession in 1998.

The UK Banking Crisis in 76 Seconds

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

An excellent 76 second video clip of the UK banking crisis from the Daily Politics Show website. A good lesson opener to a review of the credit crunch. Remember IB examiners love to see the use of real world economic examples.

Ethiopia Coca-Cola Drought

Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa has run out of Coca-Cola as the credit crunch hits.

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Economist Audio/Visual

Saturday, March 21, 2009

It is well worth having a look at The Economist audio/visual section of their website.It is full of excellent material that can bring a different take to your lessons or revision.

The link can be found here.

Economics of the Yangtze River Delta

Whilst reading The Telegraph online this morning I came across an excellent series of articles on the economics of the Yangtze River Delta.

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Wallace and Gromit’s Cheesy Exports

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Yorkshire cheese Wensleydale, the favourite snack of the animated characters Wallace and Gromit has helped fuel a surge in UK food exports.


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The Swiss Economic Outlook

The Swiss economy will shrink by 2.2% this year, a much deeper recession than first forecast by its government.


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No Longer an Indirect Effect

Monday, March 16, 2009

A recent spate on articles, this blog included has talked of the indirect effects on the African economy of the recent global crisis. Research released today suggests that this effect will be far more direct.

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Macro Diagram Quiz

A macro diagram quiz that I used with one of my classes this morning.

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Global Biz Worksheet

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A work sheet to be used with Peter Day latest edition of Global Biz (on Fairtrade) that I highlighted in my blog yesterday.

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Peter Day and Fair Trade

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The latest edition of GlobalBiz presented by Peter Day considers the issue of Fairtrade. Only 23mins long and could be easily used in a lesson or set for homework (to listen to!)


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IB Economics Week 7

The week 7 revision ticklist for U6th IB economists and teachers.

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Follow up Resources African Slowdown

I have created some additional resources to be used alongside the ‘African Slowdown” blog.

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African Slowdown

Although not at the heart of the current economic crisis the winds of the current storm are beginning to be felt on African shores.

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Golden Ratio

Monday, March 09, 2009

What is it and why is it so important?

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Golden Mean

The Golden Mean
People find the Fibonacci Rectangle aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
This short film looks at the significance of 0.618 in a number of areas. It is an excellent introduction to thinking about the implications of this number.

click here for the link to The Golden Mean (6mins 57)

Great New Blog for Development Economics

A fantastic new resource from the BBC that promises to be full of development economics.

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Bridge to Sicily

In an attempt to boost Italian economic performance the Italian govenment has revived plans to build a bridge linking mainland Italy to Sicily.

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Development Video Clips

Following on from my blog yesterday about the flower exporting industry in Zambia there are two excellent video clips on the BBC web site today.

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Declining Zambian Flower Exports

Sunday, March 08, 2009

The slowing global economy has hit the demand for roses from Zambia threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of workers.

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Deflation Short Answer

An outline answer of a deflation short answer question.

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Can Maths and Ethics be Related?

Friday, March 06, 2009

(Time saving Truth from Falsehood)

What are the implications for humankind if mathematics is involved in ethics?
Is our knowledge of right or wrong subjective or objective? Is ethical knowledge possible?
Price’s mathematical expression of the evolutionary purpose of altruism poses many questions.

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Great Video Clip

Thursday, March 05, 2009

A great topical clip from the Daily Politics Show website.

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Poverty and the Credit Crunch

A report published today by UNSECO highlights the fact the current global economic crisis is hitting the income of the world’s poorest the most.

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Crowding Out Short Answer

An outline answer for a short answer question from the November 2001 Higher Level Economics paper.

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Dairy Milk Goes Fairtrade

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

A colleague today pointed out an article that ties in nicely with my previous Fairtrade blogs.

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Income Tax Short Answer Question

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

An outline answer of Q4 from Higher Level Paper 2, May 2008.

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Exam Question Resources

Alongside the revision worksheets for IB students and teachers I will also be developing a bank of suggested answers for past IB exam questions.

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Verbal and Non Verbal Communication

Monday, March 02, 2009

Children communicate in a non verbal way often because they do not have the emotional maturity or the linguistic skills to speak about their feelings. This is painfully obvious in those children who have been emotionally damaged.

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What is Language

In My Language highlights the different methods of communication.
The author is autistic and has a different way of communicating with the world. It causes us to ask difficult questions of ourselves.
This is brings into the fore questions about the purpose of language, what is the function of communication as well as highlighting whether words are a necessary part of our interaction with the world.

Click here for the link

Development Economics Book

Sunday, March 01, 2009

One again this week The Sunday Times Culture section has a review of a book that may be of interest to students and teachers currently covering the development economics section of the IB syllabus.

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Marshall-Lerner and the J Curve

A revision worksheet for the higher level topic (Section 4.7) the J-Curve and Marshall-Lerner condition.

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IB Economics Week 6

Saturday, February 28, 2009

The week 6 revision ticklist for IB U6th economists

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More Fair Trade News

Following on from my last blog at the start of the week there was an interesting article on the BBC website this week focusing on a recent report from the Fairtrade Foundation.

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Fairtrade Fortnight

Monday, February 23, 2009

Whilst listening to the radio yesterday my attention was drawn to a piece highlighting a two week event that begins today that promises to be full of development economics.

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Lewis Dual Sector Model

Sunday, February 22, 2009

A revision worksheet on the Lewis Dual Sector Model.


Development Economics Charts

A resource that I make regular use of is the Daily Chart on the Economist website.

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Development Economics Book

Whilst reading the Sunday papers today I came across a book recommendation that might be a useful resource when teaching the pros and cons of aid as a development strategy.

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IB Economics Week 5

Here is the U6th week 5 revision ticklist for students and teachers alike.

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African Fractals

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Here is an example of maths being discovered after it had been invented!



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TOK Maths Discovered or Invented

Mathematics: Invention or Discovery?

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Harrod- Domar Revision Worksheet

As many IB students and teachers come towards the end of their two year course one of the final topics covered is Growth and Development Strategies (section 5.4). This is a topic area needed by both higher and standard level students. Over the coming 10 days I will publish a set of revision worksheets relating to material found in this section. I hope they are of use.


Accelerator Revision Worksheet

Friday, February 20, 2009

A revision worksheet on the accelerator model. This is a higher level topic from section 3.4 of the IB syllabus.


Multiplier Revision Worksheet

A revision worksheet for the higher level topic The Multiplier. This is a topic found in Section 3.4 of the IB syllabus.



Teaching the WTO

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Section 4.4 on the IB syllabus asks students to look at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in terms of its functions and its successes and failures.

This year when teaching the topic I made use of the excellent video resources avaliable on the WTO website. The selection of videos cover all of the points outlined in the syllabus. (The Virtual Tour and the Heart of the WTO are particuarly good videos)

I then divided my students into groups to produce short powerpoint presentations either arguing the WTO as a success or as a failure.


IB Economics Week 4

The week 4 revision ticklist

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IB Economics Week 3

The week 3 revision ticklist.

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IB Economics Week 2

The Week 2 revision tick list for U6th IB economists.

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Teaching Development Economics

I always find the Development Economics section of the IB is one that teachers find the trickiest to teach due to the range and scope of possible issues to cover. For the past couple of years I have made use of a two major projects to keep students hooked.

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Four Philosophical Questions

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Four Philosophical questions to make your brain hurt

An interesting introduction to some of the issues that are relevant to the Theory of Knowledge IB Course.

Questions on the Truman Show

Question Sheet
Relevant to both the TOK course and the RE AS

The film focusses upon issues of perception and reality, Plato’s Cave,  knowledge and truth.

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TOK Connections Perception/ Knowledge

A stimulus sheet - pictures / buzz words

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TOK Logic

An excellent overview of the areas of Logic for the ToK course. This contains links and definitions. A great resource for students and teachers. Click here

Deductive Logic

The Headless Professor explains Deductive Logic using Venn diagrams really clearly.
Click here for the link
Headless Professor ‘Logic Stacks’ is also another very clear presentation of the way in which Deductive Logic works. Click here for the link. This is a good kinesthetic activity if you want to have a go yourself!


The Language of Love

Love- every language has a word for love. Love is a basic human emotion.

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Philosophers Football Match

Strange but true -
A board game simulating a football match between French and German Philosophers.
If you fancy a go then click here for the link. It contains all of the rules and everything you’ll need to play!

Moral Monkeys and Kant

In todays ‘Thought for the Day” Akhandadhi Das spoke about research presented last week to show that Monkeys express empathy and offer help when a fellow animal is in trouble. These findings seem to suggest that animals have a moral sense, thus calling into question the idea that humans are unique. Does this have implications for the Moral Argument as a proof for the existence of God?

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IB Economics Week 1

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My Upper Sixth IB economists have today started their revision in preparation for their final exams in May.  Over the coming eight weeks we will revisit all of the material through a combination of revision lectures, class discussion and past paper practice. I will post a weekly blog giving a check list of material covered and suggestions for possible exam questions which will hopefully be of use for students sitting the papers next term.

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IB Economics Resources

Over the coming few days we will be significantly developing resources aimed at students studying the IB, particularly IB economics. I would be very interested to hear from students or teachers as to the type of things they would find useful. I have also set up a discussion for teachers in the new tutor2u teacher forum. Let me know your thoughts

Welcome to the IB Diploma resource blog

Sunday, February 15, 2009

This is the first post in what we hope will develop into a really useful resource for colleagues delivering the IB Diploma.

This blog is designed to support our other subject blogs (for example, Economics in the News, Business Studies, Politics) by focusing on the specific requirements of the IB Diploma programme.

We welcome all contributions from colleagues around the world involved in delivering the IB Diploma.  You can contribute as a writer for the blog or perhaps join in with discussions on our IB Diploma discussion boards.

If you would like to write for this blog, please contact tutor2u via our online contact form. We can set you up with an author account very quickly and you will soon be sharing your materials, views and ideas with IB colleagues.

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