By now, things should be settling into a pattern or some sort of routine. Not yet, as I try to balance the high school schedule and the home education schedule, but not to worry.
We had a full week of classes, so we stayed as focused as possible (especially as I know we will have less time next week with Labor Day holiday and a high school half day at the end of the week.
So here is what we covered this week:
IGCSE Maths (0580)
Pimental & Wall, (2014) Cambridge IGCSE Maths Core and Extended, [ISBN 9781444191707] p.16
Pemberton, (2012) Essential Mathematics for Cambridge IGCSE: Extended, [ISBN 9780199128747] pp. 423 - 425
How we covered the material:Went through the Pimental (p.16) for understanding and then switched to Pemberton (pp.423 - 425) for the exercises.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: checking answers as we went through exercises; addressing mistakes as they occurred
IGCSE English Language (0500)
Cox, (2010) Cambridge IGCSE First Language English Teacher's Resource [ISBN 9780521743693], pp.9 - 16 (Unit 3)
How we covered the material: Went through Unit 3 (Cox book) orally (as far as possible) and also with written responses. Also completed past paper 2, Question 3.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: careful attention to answers given to see that the student was on target; checking answers against suggestions in the textbook; working on summary skills in the past paper question, and then giving feedback.
IGCSE History (0580)
Books used:Cantrell, J. (2013) 20th Century History for Cambridge IGCSE [ISBN 9780199136360] pp. 156 - 189
McCleavy (2005) Twentieth Century History: International Relations since 1919 [ISBN 9780521893503]pp. 8 - 9
Shepperson (Ed.) (2003) GCSE History: Complete Revision and Practice [ISBN 9781841463759], pp. 15 -28
How we covered the material:discussed the topic on 'The First World War'. Introduced this Depth Study by briefly recapping the origin of WWI and then going through the Shepperson chapter. On each page, care was taken to look at source work, consider provenance, and discuss the content. [This Depth Study will be continued for the next two weeks].
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: through discussion for topics raised from the chapter content. Introduced the concept of provenance and asked for consideration of provenance each time sources were discussed.
IGCSE English Literature (0486)
The University of Cambridge International Examinations Anthology of Stories in English: Stories of Ourselves (2008) [ISBN 9780521727914] pp. 198 - 213; 278 - 284
How we covered the material: read the story silently (I re-read it at the same time), and then discussed first impressions, further thoughts and feelings
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: [same as last class] through careful questioning about salient aspects of the stories; through discussion about the writer's craft (to build upon with each story that is read)
IGCSE Geography (0460)
Guinness & Nagle (2014) Cambridge IGCSE Geography [ISBN 9781471807275] pp. 6 - 9
How we covered the material: Continuing from last lesson on population dynamics, we read and discussed the material in the Guinness book.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: discussed new vocabulary; asked questions to assess comprehension; used online resources as a research. First three key questions (at the start of the topic, p. 2) were answered and discussed.
IGCSE Co-ordinated Science (0654)
Mackean & Hayward (2014) Cambridge IGCSE Biology (Third Edition) [ISBN 9781444176469] pp. 33-34
How we covered the material: Finishing off the content of the chapter, by reading about light microscopes.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: through discussion and by eliciting examples, wherever possible. Using the light microscope and prepared slides for practical experience.