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COURTESY OF ATIKA SCHOOL
One beautiful but rainy and gloomy tuesday morning, we sat with a group of mathematics teachers from different schools around Gatundu South sub-county. Such kind of meetings rarely happens but our mission was plain simple, clear and bare bones: 'to learn how to teach and mark mathematics as a subject'.
Rain was pouring heavily in the wee hours of the morning but suddenly it stopped and swapped with a shiny lining on the sky accompanied by a bright sun. I was seated on lab stool sandwiched between my fellow colleagues as I attentively 'donated' my three senses to the speaker in front of me about ten yards away. The speaker was explaining mathematics to me, new concepts, new drills, new tricks, new techniques and how to approach the subject from different perspectives and that is why I want to share some of this knowledge with you (AtikaSchool visitors) and for my own future reference. However I will be brief and up to the point.
HOW TO TRY TO IMPROVE THAT LITTLE BOY/GIRL WHO IS ALWAYS LAGGING BEHIND IN MATHEMATICS
on teaching ...
On Assignments ...
ON mARKING ...
Marking should adhere to the rules and regulations of KNEC-The Kenya National Examinations Council and these rules should be taught and implemented.
On kcse setting of questions ...
It was analysed that Mathematics paper 1 focuses more on form 1 and form 2 work than form three and four. While mathematics paper 2 focuses on form three and form 4 work. However, a student who focuses on form 3 and form 2 work will be APPROXIMATELY 65% most likely to pass all the two papers than those who focus on form 1 and form 4 work. If anything but analysing of KCSE question papers is to be believed from the last few years or so.
oTHER AREAS THAT TEACHERS SHOULD FOCUS