Articles by: Roma Hodgson

And here we are at last in IT….not quite the end…..nearly there!

And here we are at last in IT….not quite the end…..nearly there!

After three years of bonding, memes, corny jokes, problem solving, pulling out our (own) hair, many sleepless nights and cold sweats we have finally arrived at the point where we are writing our prelim practical exams! ….oh yes, and the conspiracy theories….bitcoin….AI, and everything in between… Looking back – the chairs have shrunk and so has the classroom. We lost one[Read More…]

by September 15, 2017 High School, Information Technology
Mission for the future leaves a trail of Reputation

Mission for the future leaves a trail of Reputation

What is life if you have no purpose? We looked at the analogy of the little boat: the bow cuts into the water opening the way forward and the stern leaves a wake behind it. A Mission Statement for a company or individual gives the entity a purpose to forge on ahead leaving a trail of “Reputation.” The Grade 12[Read More…]

by August 24, 2017 High School, Information Technology
Procrastination and Self-Discipline in Grade 12 Life Orientation

Procrastination and Self-Discipline in Grade 12 Life Orientation

It’s never too late to realise that it’s time to make changes if life is not working! The Grade 12 Life Orientation class had to go through the process of having a good look at their time schedule: from the time they wake up till bed time. They had to highlight areas where they “dragged their feet” so as not[Read More…]

by August 3, 2017 High School, Life Orientation
The Discursive Essay, nearly D Day!

The Discursive Essay, nearly D Day!

The Grade 12 learners have covered the mechanics of the discursive essay in English and History, but now they have to apply (or learn) the skills for their final Life Orientation exam. They have dissected the IEB discursive essay rubric and wrote a mock exam essay based on the mark allocation of the rubric. They have marked each other’s essays based on[Read More…]

by June 1, 2017 High School, Life Orientation
Knowledge: layer upon layer in Grade 12 Information Technology

Knowledge: layer upon layer in Grade 12 Information Technology

When the Grade 12 students look back at their first programming attempts the reactions are usually the same: squeals of laughter at themselves. In Grade 10 the first lines of basic code take concentration and practice to master. By the time the students are in Grade 12 all the basics are second nature. That is what knowledge is: layer upon[Read More…]

by May 15, 2017 Information Technology
The discursive essay: time for an argument in Grade 12!

The discursive essay: time for an argument in Grade 12!

The Grade 12 Life Orientation students had the opportunity of peer-marking their discursive essays. The task was to write a discursive essay pointing out the effects of Brexit on the average British citizen using the marking rubric as a guideline to achieve maximum marks. After researching the topic and writing the essay, each student had to mark five peers’ essays, again, using[Read More…]

by May 15, 2017 High School, Life Orientation
Time for Retrospection in Information Technology!

Time for Retrospection in Information Technology!

The Grade 12 IT students wrote their first School Based Assessment and we took some time to reflect on the outcome. The idea was to take a good hard look early in the year and make adjustments where needed. Sooner rather than later! The questions posed were: How many hours did you study? Were your results proportionate to the hours[Read More…]

by March 16, 2017 High School, Information Technology
RESEARCH…

RESEARCH…

At first I thought that researching on available electronic devices would be a technical nightmare: would the students be responsible and would they actually focus on the topic and not wonder off into cyberspace only to return at the end of the lesson? Well, I have been pleasantly surprised by everyone’s maturity and the way they conducted themselves and shared[Read More…]

by February 22, 2017 High School, Life Orientation
Cooperative Learning and the mission of a Mission Statement!

Cooperative Learning and the mission of a Mission Statement!

The Grade 12 Life Orientation class split into groups of two and interviewed each other. Then two groups joined and each student had a turn to present the person interviewed to the small group of four. The groups swapped out one more time, and so in this controlled, informal atmosphere, the students were able to overcome the fear of presenting[Read More…]

by February 6, 2017 High School, Life Orientation
Normalization and Databases in Grade 12 IT

Normalization and Databases in Grade 12 IT

  IT at SMA 2017: We start with databases and SQL in Grade 11, and Grade 12 IT students have to create a task that showcases their knowledge of Java and databases. The normalization is covered in theory and the students have to know how and why they normalize databases to the 3rd Normal Form. This is not an easy[Read More…]

by January 29, 2017 High School, Information Technology