Friday, 1 January 2016

New Year... Begin with an end in mind

Welcome to an exciting year 2016
Success comes with adequate preparation and as a start do take note of the following.

1. Know the Mathematics Syllabus
  • This is the 4-year syllabus leading the "O" level exam: Elementary Mathematics 4016 (SEAB site)
  • We will not be covering all the topics listed in the syllabus in Sec 1. 
  • The curriculum adopts a spiral approach where selected topics will be revisited and going into depths as we move from year to year.
  • The abridged-scheme of work will be made available by end-January.
2. Using the Relevant Resources
  • SST Maths Notes - It is made available at the GoogleSite > Mathematics 
  • Calculator - It will be verified before the first level test and an "approved SST" sticker will be issued
  • SST Foolscap paper and graph papers (for assignments)
  • ICT Resources
    • Class Maths Blog: Most of the online learning activities will be carried out here
    • GoogleSite > Mathematics: Selected materials will be posted in the respective class pages; Performance Tasks/ Alternative Assessments are posted there.
    • Software: Grapher, Geogebra, Numbers, PhotoBooth, QuickTime Player
3. Assessment for 2016
  • Term 1   Level Test 1 + Alternative Assessment
  • Term 2   Common Test 1 
  • Term 3   Level Test 2 + Alternative Assessment
  • Term 4   End of Year Summative Assessment 
4. Diagnostic/ Summative assessments will be conducted as follows:
  • Diagnostic Assessment: Beginning of new topic - to assess prerequisite knowledge and linkages to new knowledge
  • Summative Assessment: End of topic - to assess level of understanding and competency
5. Daily learning and monitoring platforms
  • Class work -  in the form of online activities and practice questions
  • Assignment - to be done on printed handouts or SST foolscap papers
  • All classwork to be completed within designated time
6. Character is Destiny
    Your destiny should begin with your daily routines
    A.   Be Present
    B.   Listen without Prejudice and One conversation at a time
    C.   Be Socially Aware (we are after all living in a gregarious community)
    D.   Manage your impulses
    E.   Know that the choice that you have chosen has its own consequences

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