Another short week, as high school commitments and extra curricular activities take away time to teach the IGCSEs. All I can do is continue to keep some sort of a schedule and to try not to worry too much about changing plans. The big picture continues to be about my daughter accessing both the local high school and doing IGCSEs at home.
IGCSE Maths (0580)
Pemberton, (2012) Essential Mathematics for Cambridge IGCSE: Extended, [ISBN 9780199128747] pp. 52 -57
How we covered the material: This was a tricky section on ratio and proportions, so we worked through each section, checked the answers and then carried on.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: Through checking the answers. If there were mistakes made, I asked my daughter to see if she knew where the mistake was. Then she redid the problems until she was confident that she had the skill.
IGCSE English Language (0500)
Cox, (2010) Cambridge IGCSE First Language English Teacher's Resource [ISBN 9780521743693], pp.42 - 44 (Unit 8)
How we covered the material: we go through the reading together, and then we discuss various focus points related to the material. In these two units,we continued to look at how a writer achieves effects (atmosphere and feeling) through words and the technical use of language.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: As with last week, discussing elements of a writer's craft helped me to assess my daughter's skills.
IGCSE English Literature (0486)
Own materials and notes; online study guides.
How we covered the material: This week was a continuation of last week's work on literary analysis of a short story. This time, I just reminded my daughter about her responsibilities to complete the analysis material.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition:I had to leave my daughter to organise her time and writing (or not as the case turned out). She still has to turn in her completed analysis of 'The Phoenix' to me.
IGCSE Geography (0460)
Guinness & Nagle (2014) Cambridge IGCSE Geography [ISBN 9781471807275] pp. 27 - 30
How we covered the material: This unit, on population structure, was read first and then we discussed issues related to the topic.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: Through discussion, especially with the implications of different structures on the country or community.
IGCSE Co-ordinated Science (0654)
Mackean & Hayward (2014) Cambridge IGCSE Biology (Third Edition) [ISBN 9781444176469] pp. 51 -58
How we covered the material: Started on nutrition and food tests. Gaining the content this week by reading the texts. Had to use both books as I felt some material was missing from each.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: Through discussion and by eliciting examples, wherever possible