Three more weeks of school, until a welcome break. We are still not on top of the Maths but we keep moving forwards.
This week we covered:
IGCSE Maths (0580)
Pemberton, (2012) Essential Mathematics for Cambridge IGCSE: Extended, [ISBN 9780199128747] pp.268-271; 334 -341
How we covered the material: Speed, distance and time, graphs and calculations, measuring and writing. Quite productive but time-consuming math activities this week.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: At times the textbook does not explain a math concept in the way that my daughter understands it, and so she will make mistakes. It is also really tricky to read graphs sometimes when the units are so small. When mistakes were made, we went over the answers and my daughter re-worked them.
IGCSE English Language (0500)
Cox, (2010) Cambridge IGCSE First Language English Teacher's Resource [ISBN 9780521743693], pp. 73 - 84 (Unit 13 and 14)
How we covered the material: Reading through the texts first (sometimes I read out loud, sometimes my daughter did; sometimes we both read silently before discussing the work. Then I focused my daughter on the skill that I wanted her to practice or revisit.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition:
Hmmm, I wanted to judge my daughter's ability to write a short speech, a eulogy about Rosa Parks, but she wanted to just talk 'from the heart'. Her eulogy wasn't bad, but I couldn't assess her writing. As for formal letter writing, my daughter did reasonably well to get the register of the call centre employee right. Practicing directed writing prompts will help to improve the ability to write in different ways.
IGCSE English Literature (0486)
Cambridge University Press (2012) Songs of Ourselves: The University of Cambridge International Examinations Anthology of Poetry in English [ISBN 9788175962484]
How we covered the material:I wanted my daughter to look at all the poems herself, and think about the structure of each one. Were they all written in a similar way; was there a rhythm that mirrored the essence of the poem; were there techniques used by the poet to enhance meaning through the structure? Discussing and analysing the poems takes deliberate effort.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: It is important to let the student understand and feel each poem, rather than to be told how to feel. So, the lesson was less about me judging competency, and more about seeing how my daughter was able to get into the material. This takes time, and usually several readings of the material.
IGCSE History (0580)
Cantrell, J. (2013) 20th Century History for Cambridge IGCSE [ISBN 9780199136360] pp. 255 - 284
Shepperson (Ed.) (2003) GCSE History: Complete Revision and Practice [ISBN 9781841463759], pp.154 -171
How we covered the material: This last Depth Study is on the USA. I let my daughter take the book so that she could read the chapter on her own. She said she would...but I can see that she is getting tired towards the end of the semester/term.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: As this is a Depth Study, it will take more than one week to complete. So, I didn't check that my daughter had read the work or was able to discuss the topics. There is another skill to learn, about time management and meeting assignment deadlines.
IGCSE Geography (0460)
Guinness & Nagle (2014) Cambridge IGCSE Geography [ISBN 9781471807275] pp. 45 - 57
How we covered the material: Still working with the population theme, but now we are looking at CBDs and city structures.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: As we have been fortunate enough to see different examples of urban planning, we had a lively discussion about real-world examples. My daughter's understanding of this material is sound, and just highlights how useful case studies are in this course, both in the materials and in the real world example. Go look out your window and see how much geography surrounds you!