Back to School Night: Welcome!


We’re back!

And we have some exciting changes and continuities this school year. Returning seniors will continue their study of history as outlined below while incoming juniors may be either in my IB History I class or the new Global Politics class. The basic details of all of these are outlined below.

For further details on my course, me or my philosophy of teaching, please feel free to access the following websites and files via QR codes or hyperlinks below.

Please click for the latest version of our Course Guide. Please be aware, though, that this is a living document and updates will be made throughout the year.



My LinkedIn Profile

Linkedin Profile



Polis: Our Class Blog (This Website)

Polis: Class Blog



Mindsets for Modern Learning:

My Professional Teaching Blog at the Center for Teaching Quality

Mindsets for Modern Learning


Intro to Mr. Tolley:

  • Origin: From New York and New Jersey; now from wherever I hang my hat
  • Experience: 18 years teaching in Germany, South Korea, New York, Brazil and China
  • Courses taught at ISB: IB History and IB Global Politics, also Extended Essay Coordinator
  • Teaching Philosophy:
    • Modern learning with an emphasis on projects, simulations, standards-based grading and student ownership of their own development.
  • Favorites: 
    • Color: Silver
    • Music group: Radiohead
    • Book: The Sea of Fertility by Yukio Mishima
    • Star Wars Movie: The Empire Strikes Back
    • Food: Sashimi in any form

For more professional information, please see my LinkedIn Profile. I would be happy to connect with anyone in the ISB community.

IB Global Politics–(broad description of content)

  • The History of International Relations
  • Power in Global Politics
  • Human Rights
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Development

IB History I (Juniors) 

  • Authoritarianism
    • Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Castro, student-selected
      • Field trip to Mao’s Mausoleum and the National Museum
  • Wars of the 20th Century
    • World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, student-selected
  • US Foreign Policy in the Americas and Asia
    • US Relations with China and Asia: 1800-2005
    • US Relations in the Americas: 1880-1929
    • The Mexican Revolution
    • The Americas in World War I, World War II and the Cold War
    • Looking to the Future: US Hegemony? China rising? A multipolar world?

IB History II (Seniors) 

  • Globalization (1945-2005)
    • The Cold War
    • Decolonization
    • China’s the United States role in the era
      • Field trip to Mao’s Mausoleum and the National Museum
  • Global Civil and Human Rights
    • In the Americas:
      • African-American rights
      • Latino rights
      • Native-American rights
      • Women’s rights
    • Apartheid in South Africa
    • Comparisons to human rights issues in East Asia

Here ends our brief introduction to my classes. Our 10 minutes tonight is, of course, not even close to enough time to thoroughly describe the course elements, so please feel free to contact me by email or any of the means provided above with any questions you may have. I am more than happy to meet with you at your convenience to to go into further detail.

Here’s to a successful and healthy year ahead!

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