This was a hard week as we decided to catch up with some work on Monday (14th) by covering all the subjects in a day. We won't be doing that again, as we both felt it was a rushed, crammed day. Learning should be more enjoyable than that.
We still managed to get quite a bit of work covered for the week, as follows:
IGCSE Maths (0580)
Pemberton, (2012) Essential Mathematics for Cambridge IGCSE: Extended, [ISBN 9780199128747] pp. 2-3
Past Paper 2
How we covered the material:Quickly went through the order of operations and then gave a past paper 2 (extended) to complete for baseline scoring.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: checking answers as we went through exercises; addressing mistakes as they occurred (the usual, very active assessment)
IGCSE English Language (0500)
Cox, (2010) Cambridge IGCSE First Language English Teacher's Resource [ISBN 9780521743693], pp.17 - 23 (Unit 4)
Past Paper 3
How we covered the material: Went through Unit 4 (Cox book) orally (as far as possible) and also with written responses. Also looked at and discussed directed writing, as seen in past paper 3, Question 1.
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 directed writing skills in the past paper question, specifically on speeches.
IGCSE History (0580)
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 - 27
How we covered the material: Continued with the topic on 'The First World War'. Introduced this Depth Study by briefly recapping the origin of WWI and then going through the Cantrell 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. 304-309; 342-349; 350-359; 396-407
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. 11-16
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.
IGCSE Co-ordinated Science (0654)
Mackean & Hayward (2014) Cambridge IGCSE Biology (Third Edition) [ISBN 9781444176469] pp. 36-40
How we covered the material: Read about diffusion in the textbook and viewed online videos of practical labs showing diffusion.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: Through discussion and by eliciting examples, wherever possible.