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YUET WAH COLLEGE Annual Working Plan 2011-2012 Mathematics

1. Pastoral Theme of the year 2. Aims To enable pupils to acquire the necessary mathematical knowledge and skills, develop thinking processes and apply them in mathematical situations that they will meet in life. 3. Current situations 3.1 Strengths 3.1.1 Students generally have a positive attitude towards Mathematics. 3.1.2 Students homework is regularly set and teachers comments in the exercise books are helpful to students with their next stage of learning. 3.1.3 Students are willing to do homework and they submit homework on time. 3.1.4 Students are eager to learn, co-operative, concentrate well and have great learning potential. 3.1.5 Teachers are willing to share their experience and spend a lot of time giving extra tutorial lessons. 3.2 Weaknesses 3.2.1 A few students were unable to sustain effort and concentration, they copied homework from classmates and relied on private tutorials at home. 3.2.2 Some students were easily distracted, indulged in playing computer games and produced inferior work, which led to slower progress. 3.2.3 Some students were passive in learning Mathematics. 3.3 Opportunities 3.3.1 The publisher provides coherent information and websites for the use of information technology in the text books. 3.3.2 More activities and competitions encourage students to learn Mathematics. 3.3.3 Government provides financial support to the school. 3.4 Threats 3.4.1 On-line games, internet caf, gambling and dating are dominating teenagers lives. 3.4.2 Students do not have a clear goal for learning and further studies. 3.4.3 The change in the schedule of the lessons at the beginning of the school year may affect the students learning effects.

4. Objectives

To develop (a) the ability to think critically and creatively and to use mathematics to formulate and solve problems in daily life as well as in mathematical contexts and other disciplines; (b) the ability to communicate with others and express their thoughts clearly and logically in mathematical language and format (c) a positive attitude towards learning mathematics and the ability to manipulate numbers, symbols and other mathematical objects 5. Strategy
The key strategy of mathematics teaching should focus on keeping the students interests on mathematics by changing the traditional teaching method to the Problem-centred teaching method with the help of information technology. Problem-centred teaching is a kind of interactive teaching. Interactive teaching means that the teachers try to instruct the students in discovering mathematical facts by themselves. If the students are exposed to a real world circumstance, the motivation to solve the problem will force them to invent new concepts and new theories, which is what the course should cover. This can be achieved if they are given proper guidance from the teacher. Problem-centred teaching is also connected with problem-centred learning, which involves learning through tackling relevant problems. In tackling these problems, students are motivated to acquire knowledge by actively seeking it out, as opposed to learning through exposition. The aim of problem-centred teaching is not to show how to apply the knowledge but to show how to invent knowledge. During the process of seeking answers, the teacher will constantly give some explanations and hints. Finally students will make their conclusions by themselves and apply what they have learnt is applicable.

6.The focal point of the mathematics course in each grade:


Form 1 : To connect with the course in Class Six Form 2 : Solving Equation Form 3 : Factorization Form 4 : IGCSE Form 5 : AS Level Form 6 : Science: A Level - C4(F1,F2,F3)

Statistic: A Level - C4(S1,S2)

Implementation Plans No. Implementat Target ion items Groups 1. Using IT in All Math Mathematics Teachers teaching.

Persons responsible a) Each teacher should use the computer in teaching All Math at least ______ times in each semester. Teachers Teachers are encouraged to use IT teaching materials provided by the publisher and look for mathematics homepage to download the teaching materials

Implementation Process

Assessment Criteria

Assessment System

b) Upload the test and the examination paper to the database. c) Update the materials in the database.

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d) Database supervisor To arrange the materials in the database e) Encourage students to use E-learning website which is provided by the publisher.
2. Groups lesson or test preparation. All Math Teachers

Mr. Paul

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a) Teachers in each level will have a general meeting once a week b) One supervisor will be chosen from each level in order to coordinate the jobs. F1 F4 F2 F5 F3 F6 -

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3.

Math Month Activities

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Last year : 1. Math weekly quiz 2. Mathematics Orienteering 3. Rubiks Club and IQ Puzzle Competitions:

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4.

Talent training

Form1 to Form6 students

a) There will be a training class in each level. The time for training is at least 1.5 hours once a week. Different teachers will take in charge of each training class in different levels. b) Ask not only the students in the training class to take part in the mathematics competitions but also the other students from each class.

a) At least three students in


each class from form 1 to form 6 can be invited to take part in the training b) In each level, at least one student can get an award in the Mathematics competition.

a) Check

the number of students taking part in the competition. b) Check the result in Interschool Mathematics Competition.

5 .

Help the lessable students to learn

Less-able students

Before the first mid-term test, teachers in the same level should think of some methods to help those less able students. The followings are some suggestions.

All Math teachers

a) Assign to students pre-lesson preparation materials before lesson. b) Encourage students to ask the teachers for assistance during recess time or after school. c) Invite students to join after-school tutorial classes. d) Group Learning Scheme: Ask the lessable students to form into groups of 3 to 5 members and a good standard and able-student will be chosen as the leader for each group. This allows the students to work with each other as a group. e) Test questions from worksheets: Teachers must share individual worksheet/extra materials. 10~20% of the Test or Exam will come from those worksheets. f) After test and exam, teachers will prepare notes of common weaknesses or mistakes and give more exercises to help students improve those particular topics.

1. All teachers should report about what they have done for helping the less able students during the general meeting after each mid-term test or exam. The general meeting will be held for 4 times a year. 2. Improvement in the passing rate and the students basic skill about calculation and problem solving.

1.Release the report during the general meeting 2. Check the passing rate of each mid-term tests and exams

6.

Encourage students to submit their homework on time.

a) Review or set up the same punishment for missing homework in each level. b) Record the students who always not submit their homework on time or refuse to do their homework and report to Math panel chairman. c) Reward ?? a) Teachers should attend at least 2 Math seminars
organized by Macau Education Department or Macau Math Education Association in a year. b) All the teachers will go on a trip to observe the teaching method and share ideas with other teachers in schools of mainland, Hong Kong or

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Decrease in the number of students missing homework.

Check the total no. of students who miss Maths homework in each class every semester. .

7.

Teachers are willing to learn and accept new trend in Math teaching.

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Improvement in the standard of teachers in their pedagogy applied.

a) Check the attendance of the teachers in the seminars. b) Check the number of teachers who join the tour.

To set the appropriate number of test and homework in each grade An Unique System for preparing test or exam for Math in English section

All Math Teachers

other countries. The teachers in each grade should set appropriate As above number of test and homework in each semester so that every class in each grade will have the same number of test and homework.

The teachers in each grade should achieve the appropriate number of test and homework in each semester .

Check the number of test and homework in each semester

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For the teacher who prepare the test. 1. Teachers in the same should take turns to prepare the test.

2. The contents and the difficult (ie 60% basic ,


40% harder) of the test should be confirmed at least two weeks before the date of the test.

3. The teacher should finish the first draft of the


test at least one week before the date of the test. 4. After the teacher have received all the feedback from the other teachers, the final version of the test should be finished at least 2

days before the real test. 5. The teacher should prepare the solution of the test with marking scheme for the other teachers. 6. Upload to the database

For the teachers who prepare the mid-term test or exam 1. Decide the contents. 2. Decide the date for the first draft 3. The first draft should be given to the teachers in the same level and the Math panel chairman. 4. Getting feedback and making change. 5. Final version with solution to the teachers in the same level and the Math panel chairman. 6. Discussion for the marking scheme before the real mid-term test or exam. 7. Upload to the database.

At least two weeks before Contents + Difficult

At least 5days before First draft + Feedback

At least 2days before Final Draft

The Date of the test

Teachers should confirm the