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Esther’s Speech

Esther, our well-loved economics teacher, is as “UWC” as one could get.  Growing up in Hong Kong, Esther attended Atlantic College in its early years, and have been teaching at LPCUWC since 1993.  Esther also organizes the UWC Graduate Organization in Hong Kong, and is also a UWC-parent: her daughter Sum has just graduated last

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chemistry

Paper 2 Analytics: first explorations

I’m a connoisseur for chemistry exams.  (I need a life!)  Writing good exam is an art, where the final paper need to represent an optimal blend of objectives (skills required), topic distribution, chemical theme, and algorithmic complexity, all within a constraint of points.  It’s quite sad that this intricacy is invisible to most. IB chemistry

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The temptations of tutoring

Tutoring is big business in Hong Kong.  Various models exists.  On one end are private tutors working 1-on-1.  On the other end are “celebrity tutors” who runs classes of hundreds (via video conferencing to multiple lecture halls), whose airbrushed visage grace billboards and buses.  The common ground between them is that they cost an arm-and-leg,

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chemistry

Jmol chemical element swatches

Here is an RGB swatch palette for chemical elements, using the Jmol/JSmol convention as defined on its wiki page.  This is an ASE (Adobe Swatch Exchange) file and should be of use across the entire Creative Cloud suite (including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign).  Download here [icon name=”icon-download”]; details, installations, and caveats follow.

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IB

A Guide to the ToK Presentation (v0.48)

A 4-part guide for IB ToK students that teaches a flowing, logical approach to the ToK presentation. Written by a teacher/assessor, this is intended to help students show the set of thinking skills that was meant to be assessed.

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chemistry

Life at the Hong Kong UWC

Three months came and gone since I’ve moved into LPCUWC as a chemistry/theory of knowledge teacher.  What was it like?  If I’m pressed for a one-word summary, it would be: intense.  With half the time, half the resources, we expect to accomplish twice as much — and we often do.  The string stretched tautest do

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