AGOPPE meets the Extended Essay

I’m pretty excited to debut AGOPPE in the Extended Essay subject meetings.  I’m meeting with the Biology group and a Philosophy students to discuss the process and share resources.  At this point, all the juniors should have met with their sponsors so now it’s about introducing them to the Moodle page and getting them to think about their topics and research questions in a defined way.

I’m starting to appreciate my Atlanta IB training more. I feel better equipped to talk to kids about their EEs.  I feel like I understand the IB methods more and understand how much of the language needs to be translated into discernable, specific tasks for students.  The IB is really good at being simultaneously very specific and very vague about their requirements.  I’ve seen a number of students struggle because they don’t have a path through the process.  I imagine it’s especially hard to work on the EE in the summer away from school and a teacher’s guiding hand/ hard deadlines.

To that end, here is my new handout, Researching and Writing the Extended Essay.  I’ve attempted to take the requirements from the EE Guide and synthesize them with the AGOPPE research model.  I hope it will help students break down the process for the EE into achievable chunks.



Searching for Research Methods

A number of conversations must have converged at the Academic Council meeting yesterday because I was invited to join a cross-division committee to develop a preK-12 research/information literacy scope and sequence.  I’ve been talking with my boss (the Director of Information Services) and our curriculum coordinator for some time, so it’s fantastic to see it happen.  Hopefully, this will connect with the WIS Information Literacy Dispositions and Outcomes that I developed in November.

The PS is interested in using a ISP called AGOPPE from Montgomery County, MD.  

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Seems very Big 6-ish to me.  Looking forward to seeing how they use it!