Sep 27 2011

IB Course Pacing

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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)

12 responses so far

12 Responses to “IB Course Pacing”

  1. Evan Brammeron 03 Oct 2011 at 10:59 am

    Thanks Jason for this. I've been busy building off of what you've done and tweaking for my own plans. This has been majorly helpful in figuring out how to pace appropriately.

  2. Jason Welkeron 03 Oct 2011 at 11:29 am

    Glad I could be of help, please let me know if you have any other suggestions or ideas for resources that would be beneficial to IB Econ teachers.


  3. Evan Brammeron 04 Oct 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Would "everything" be too much? 🙂 I'd love to get a peek at your lesson plan structure, teaching technique, or planning schedule (how do you order your time to be adequately prepared to teach each lesson).

  4. Talalon 12 Jan 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Is it online course??

  5. welkerjasonon 12 Jan 2012 at 1:25 pm

    No, this is not an online course. This is just my suggested pacing for the current IB Economics syllabus.

  6. Mareeon 09 May 2012 at 6:55 am

    Hi Jason…. is this link broken or is it just my computer that won't let me see the course pacing?


  7. welkerjasonon 09 May 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Hi Maree,
    It should be visible now. Sorry about that!
    Best, Jason

  8. Maree Spraggonon 14 May 2012 at 7:11 am

    Hi Jason… I still wasn't seeing it…. but switched from Internet Explorer to Firefox and now I see it!

    Thanks, Maree

  9. welkerjasonon 14 May 2012 at 9:56 am

    Ah ha, yes… Most problems you may be experiencing on the internet can be resolved by switching from Internet Explorer to any other browser, preferably Chrome!

    Glad it's resolved! Best, Jason

  10. Nicholas Verbonon 15 Oct 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Hi Jason,

    Thank you for this pacing guide—I have found it very useful as a first-year IB Economics teacher. When you suggest two weeks per commentary, what are you spending your class time on? Thanks again!

  11. ostlerson 05 Dec 2012 at 3:38 pm

    I am sure my HOD has got the teacher allocation for the course wrong as I have 3 35 mins per week and am doing macro + international + development! I’m currently at 4.3 on the development bit which has been pushing it of late (especially given I have a very diverse class in terms of ability). Any tips on how to get to the end with them having a real appreciation for the subject rather than just the bare bones! Am starting to feel a little scared 😮

  12. Kirk Jopowiczon 01 Sep 2014 at 4:20 am

    Hi. Jason. Long time user, first time asker-questioner. I am newly switched from AP to IB and have tried to click on the links on the right under AP and IB Economics Course Information and keep getting Page Not Available in Chrome. Any thoughts?

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