Tamutenda, Katanu and Vasty investigating their Internal Assessment on Mt Meru this weekend
The IB Internal Assessment component of the Diploma Priogramme is a unique partnership between the student, the instructor, and the IB examiner. While neither the instructor nor the student ever has contact with the examiner, all are working from the exact set of criteria in constructing, guiding, and evaluating the finished product.
The IA can be a paper, project, oral exam, workbook, or series of experiments, depending on the individual IB class.
Oral work in languages
Fieldwork in geography
Investigations in Maths
Artistic performances and portfolios in Art/Theatre
In my case, I teach Environmental Systems which is considered a Science and so we rely on field work or laboratory experiments to form the basis of our IA.
The IA is heavily criterion-referenced and is marked internally by the course instructor. THEN, the IB then selects a sample of all completed IA’s per class and these are forwarded to IB.
This weekend, Tamutenda, Katanu and Vasty were game to wake up at 5am on Thursday and head up to three different sites on the Themi River. We left the best until last and drove as far as we could up Mt Meru where we hypothesised the Themi water would be cleanest. We had a bracing morning exploration in the mist!