IBDP physics - new spec and SL/HL combined classes

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It's a few years since I've taught IB (I've been teaching A-levels recently) but I am returning to it for this school year.

I'm not yet at school but am hoping to spend some time getting organised.

Firstly, I know that the IB physics spec is changing this year. I've asked the school for the updated spec but haven't received it yet. If anyone out there has had a good look at it and can let me know if it's likely to change any of my plans for the first few weeks of term, I'd be grateful for any info!

Secondly, I will have a mixed group, both SL and HL students together. The HL students will also have extra classes with me, without the SL group. I know that this is not uncommon, and it's (usually) a matter of getting through enough material early on to then be able to move on to the HL material, but since it's a while since I've done this, I wondered if anyone had any ideas about how to manage this in the first few weeks?
 
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Hi there,

Welcome back to teaching IB Physics! It's great to hear that you are taking the time to get organized before the school year starts.

Regarding the new spec, I would recommend reaching out to the IB organization directly for any updated materials. They are usually very responsive and can provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information. In the meantime, you can also review the changes on their website or reach out to other IB teachers for their insights.

As for teaching a combined SL/HL class, it can definitely be a challenge but also a great opportunity for differentiation and personalized learning. One suggestion would be to use a flipped classroom model, where students can review material at their own pace and you can focus on more in-depth discussions and activities in class. You can also consider assigning different tasks or projects for SL and HL students, tailored to their respective levels.

Overall, it's important to communicate with your students and set clear expectations from the beginning. With proper planning and flexibility, I'm sure you will have a successful and rewarding experience teaching the combined class. Best of luck!
 

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