Extended essay coordination


Remember that the Extended Essay forum on the Online Curriculum Centre has plenty of discussions about specific aspects of the extended essay.

See also Tom's EE Files and our TED IB Extended Essay wiki where you'll find the guide and notes to the EE presentation we give to our 10th grade students.



General problems with EE coordination


Subject and topic selection.
Students tend to change subject at least once, and topic many times. When registering candidates on IBIS, only the EE subject is required. There is a penalty for changing the EE subject after the first registration deadline (15 November). Other deadlines for choosing a topic and supervisor are internal deadlines only.


Supervisor selection.
Students choose their current teacher to be a supervisor, but they might not have that teacher in a later grade. They may chance supervisors ONLY if they have written consent from the new supervisor.


EE supervisor coordination and professional development
Far more students choose Turkish A1 than any other EE subject. In the past this has created a burden on the Turkish department, so that department must be clear about how many essays they can supervise, and how they will choose which students to accept. At the same time, other departments much create their own plans for coaching new department members in EE supervision.

The OCC has resources on extended essays for each subject, including "exemplar" essays and EE reports, which are global assessments of the essays in each subject, which highlight general problems. There are now online training courses for EE supervision in several subjects, and are a good alternative to sending teachers to international workshops. Click here for more information on IB's online professional development workshops.


Misunderstanding about assessment
I have provided the PDF version of the Extended Essay Guide on our extended essay wiki. In my EE presentation I explain to students that the grade comes from the total of the scores for each assessment criterion. To understand this, they must read the general explanation of the criteria that starts on page 25 of the EE Guide, and also the specific criteria for the subject the student has chosen.

When students have trouble deciding between two different subjects, such as between A1 and History, I suggest that they compare the assessment criteria between the two subjects to see which EE project might be more successful.