Sep 26 2011

Pacing in the new IB Economics Syllabus – a special post for IB Economics teachers

Published by at 3:57 pm under IB Economics,Teaching

I received the following email from a new IB Economics teacher in Prague today:

Dear Jason,

While I’ve taught Economics previously at an international school in Indonesia, I’ve never taught it at the IB level.  I am having trouble working out a long term plan for sequencing my lessons to make sure to teach everything in depth enough.  I was wondering if you were willing to share some tips or even examples of your own planning tools.

I thought it might be helpful for other new IB Economics teachers out there if I shared how I pace my own class. Below is the overview of the new IB Economics syllabus, along with the chapter from my new textbook associated with each section, and the amount of time I spend teaching each unit.The following table presents a possible pace with which a class could move through the IB Economics syllabus, with the corresponding chapters from my textbook, Pearson Baccalaureate Economics

The timeline below is based on my school’s calendar over the two years of the IB program. In year 1 there are approximately 35 weeks (not all complete) of contact time with students. In year 2, IB classes meet for a total of 29 weeks, for a total of 64 weeks of contact time.

In my school, IB classes meet on average three times per week, for a total of 3.25 hours per week. Over the 64 weeks, an IB class will meet for a total of 208 hours. To meet the 240 hour requirement for instructional time from the IB, I use several online learning resources including this blog and Google docs assignments, as well as social bookmarking, and video lectures (learn more by exploring my resources at Welker’s Wikinomics)


About the author:  Jason Welker teaches International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Economics at Zurich International School in Switzerland. In addition to publishing various online resources for economics students and teachers, Jason developed the online version of the Economics course for the IB and is has authored two Economics textbooks: Pearson Baccalaureate’s Economics for the IB Diploma and REA’s AP Macroeconomics Crash Course. Jason is a native of the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and is a passionate adventurer, who considers himself a skier / mountain biker who teaches Economics in his free time. He and his wife keep a ski chalet in the mountains of Northern Idaho, which now that they live in the Swiss Alps gets far too little use. Read more posts by this author

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