Articles by: Roma Hodgson

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
SELF-DISCOVERY in Life Orientation

SELF-DISCOVERY in Life Orientation

On the second day of school, the class of Grade 12 students naturally gravitated to form groups of comfort round the desks in the hall. Before they realized what was happening the pens were out and they were working on essays describing themselves. They chatted happily and systematically worked through the tick list of self-discovery. Some of the aspects needed[Read More…]

by January 23, 2017 High School, Life Orientation
Oh, How we love our Computers!

Oh, How we love our Computers!

While the Grade 12 IT students wrote their final practical exam in the computer centre, the rest of us were forced to work with pen and paper. What an ordeal! The Grade 10 students are brainstorming and researching ideas for a basic hangman spelling game. They played a few online games, looked at various options and then literally put pen[Read More…]

by October 30, 2016 Information Technology
IT Novices No Longer

IT Novices No Longer

We are no longer novices, we know our way around the keyboard and we are able to type out our code without picking away at the keyboard like a chicken in a farmyard. We have played typing games and bested our scores – in both time and accuracy! We have managed to free our minds from the keyboard clutter and[Read More…]

by September 6, 2016 Information Technology