Saturday, 31 December 2016

Welcome & Getting Ready


Greetings and welcome to the new year, and new class :)

Before we meet at our first Maths lesson of the year, do take some time to do the following:

1. Accept the invite to the Maths blog and Google Classroom with your sst email account.
  • You will be required to participate in activities delivered these platform.
  • Follow the blog so that you are informed of the posts put up
2. Go through various pages (in this blog), in particular - the "Habits of Mind" and "To do well".
  • These are useful because they are about inculcating good learning habits and self-discipline that are relevant in all contexts (not just Mathematics).

What do you need to bring for your first Maths Lesson
  1. A4 Exercise Book - as your Maths Notebook - for all lessons
  2. A calculator
  3. Maths file (orange arch file): Write your name, register number, class at the spine
Look out for more emails along the way... before we meet in Term 1 Week 2



New Year... Begin with an end in mind


Welcome to an exciting year 2017
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 4048 (SEAB site)
  • The sequence that the topics are covered may vary from what is indicated in the syllabus document. 
  • The curriculum adopts a spiral approach where selected topics will be revisited and going into depths as we move from year to year.
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