Two weeks to go...I don't know who is more excited about the upcoming break!
Here's what we covered this week:
IGCSE Maths (0580)
Pemberton, (2012) Essential Mathematics for Cambridge IGCSE: Extended, [ISBN 9780199128747] pp.41 -45; 96 - 99; 412 - 415
How we covered the material: Averages, ranges and displaying data...my daughter worked her way through the material. Lots to do, but you have to take time to do it right.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: My daughter did most of the checking of her answers, with me reading from the back of the book.
IGCSE English Language (0500)
Cox, (2010) Cambridge IGCSE First Language English Teacher's Resource [ISBN 9780521743693], pp. 85 - 88 (Unit 15)
How we covered the material: Reading through the texts first. They were comparative texts, and enabled quite a lively discussion.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition:
It is fascinating when a student is able to see things from such a different perspective than the one you expected. At times, when my daughter is articulate about her views, perspectives, or asking questions, I know she is learning in an authentic way. Grading her written work reinforces my understanding of her writing abilities.
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 Depth Study on the USA is continuing for the next two weeks, as I wanted my daughter to really get to grips with the content. She carried on reading the materials this week.
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: I set questions to answer, based on content knowledge, explanation, and evaluation. My daughter should have started the work today, but she was distracted!
IGCSE Geography (0460)
Guinness & Nagle (2014) Cambridge IGCSE Geography [ISBN 9781471807275] pp. 58 - 61
How we covered the material: Finishing the unit on urban settlement by reading through the material and discussing places my daughter has been to that conform to different models (or not).
How I judged knowledge/skill acquisition: Asking questions about the material is a good way to check for basic understanding at the moment. I am cognizant that I want my daughter to enjoy this introduction to the subject. She will have a chance to consolidate her knowledge later.