Previous Weeks – Grade 12

Throughout the semester, we have been updating the website with week by week information on what the students have been learning. Please choose from the weeks below.

Grade 11/12 Archive 2015/2016

Grade 11/12 Archive 2016/2017

Grade 11/12 Archive 2017/2018


Week 6

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Grade 12 English
Teacher Chris Bonner

Last week, we completed the basic grammar in writing and speaking review. Students learned sentence structure, nouns, compound nouns, articles, and the different types of adjectives. Most importantly, they combined all of this material into writing descriptive paragraphs in complete, correct sentences. Quiz #2 was taken at the end of the week. On Monday, we will review Quiz #2, and discuss the student standings halfway through the term.

This week, we move on to the outline of the student textbook. Continuing into the first chapter, we have reading exercises, comprehension exercises, academic vocabulary, and different types of writing exercises, such as the persuasive text. Each level, 10, 11, and 12; will branch off into their respective levels of study, designated by their books. Students will continue to use all of the skills reviewed in the grammar review.

Regarding student behavior and class participation, most classes have moved beyond the reminder of class rules, and have begun participating and enjoying the class. Two rewards are given. Firstly, they play (English) games that are a fun way to enjoy using the language. Secondly, they are learning in class, as demonstrated by their ability to score well on the quizzes. Many students are pleased with their results.

However, many students refuse to follow instructions and contest the class rules at every opportunity. These students would prefer to talk, play computer games, put on makeup, or sleep in class. These students and their respective grades will be reported to management and parents next week.
 

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Grade 12 Chemistry II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

Continue with resonance structure and bond enthalpy. We will apply all of the bond concepts into numerical problem – solving this week.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Review plan for English week
    • Personal Finance simulation
    • Prepare presentation for administration proposal

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week in Statistics 12A we practice some of the skills learned last week by looking at your very own exams, creating a bell curve and computing the standard deviation of the results as a possible grade curve. We will begin chapter 4: distributions, how to compare and understand them, using a quantitative variable against a variable that can be broken down into various categories (i.e., months, seasons, etc). Finally, we re-enter into the world of standard deviations and z-scores, the gold standard of statistics!
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Finding the nth root of a number
    • Finding the nth root of a complex number
    • Chapter 6 Review
    • Chapter 6 Test

 

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Week 5

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Grade 12 English
Teacher Chris Bonner

This week students will take their second quiz on the material covered within the past two weeks. Material covered will be basic sentence structure, adjectives, and articles; especially as they are applied to writing. Students will also provide an example of their writing abilities with another descriptive paragraph, incorporating their newly acquired skills.

With the scores of the second quiz, homework, and classwork, the first assessment will be made at week’s end determining the students’ status in English class. Students who are not working or scoring sufficiently will be referred to their homeroom teachers for suggested methods of improvement. Management will also be notified. Student’s whose class participation is suffering due to a lack of interest, unwillingness to participate, behavioral problems, or sleeping in class will also be reported to the homeroom teachers, management, and parents.

English class at this time is focusing on the basic skills that are lacking in the students speaking and writing abilities. The ability to construct correct, meaningful sentences is of critical importance in all levels of education.

Lastly, students will indicate their choice for the English Week activities.
 

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Grade 12 Chemistry II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

Continue with different types of chemical bonding and identifying bond energy. This week will focus heavily on analytical problems and putting together all of the concepts to estimate the bond types and their characteristics from Lewis structure, and bond distance. The students will have two days to review and take their first exam on Friday.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Interest and its effects
    • Personal Finance Simulation
    • Business Plan for English week

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week we finally conclude our unit on quantitative data by looking at further methods of examining spread – namely, IQR and standard deviation. We then combine all our hard-earned knowledge by working through the end-of-chapter problem sets. Finally, we put the students understanding to a test with a quiz on Friday.
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Graphing complex numbers
    • Operations using complex numbers
    • Chapter 6 Test

 

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Week 4

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Grade 12 English
Teacher Chris Bonner

Many students scored well in the first quiz; however, several demonstrated their lack of interest, and apparently didn’t study. Many students have shown interest class participation and teamwork in our learning games.

The writing exercises demonstrated the creative and descriptive abilities of many students; however, the sentences were poorly formed, with errors in basic writing components, like articles, noun/verb agreements, and simple present tense.

We began reading in the textbook, however much of the vocabulary was inappropriate and lacking in value. In future reading exercises, additional reading material will be added to the curriculum.

Clubs have been formed, and students have been introduced to their objectives.

In this next week, we will introduce a new project: Learning Across Boarders (LAB) in which a team of two students and one teacher can compete nationally in a writing/research program.
 

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Grade 12 Chemistry II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

Students will continue with Chemical Bonding Concepts focusing on Covalent Bonding – sharing valence electrons between nonmetals. Thus, students will also learn difference types of covalent bonds and their electronegativity properties, which will help quantify the polarity of the molecules in order have dipole moments.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Collect Surveys and critique
    • Begin Simulation for personal finance
    • Overview of expenses
    • How to begin saving and the power of interest

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week in Statistics we continue and conclude the unit on quantitative data and how to present and interpret it. Theories will be introduced, graphs displayed and many numbers brandied about. We will be displaying data and solving problems from the textbook as well as generating our own unique sets of data.
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Vectors and Dot Products
    • Trigonometric Form of a Complex Number

 

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Week 3

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Grade 12 English
Teacher Chris Bonner

In the second week, we completed our first grammar lesson (compound nouns and sentence structure), as well as our first quiz. Quizzes will be graded, and reviewed with the students on Monday. A summary of the results will be presented in the summary for week four.

We began using our newly arrived textbooks in week three; with lessons in reading, vocabulary, and both questions and answers, as well as interactive discussions to evaluate comprehension. While each book level (Grade 10, 11, and 12) offer different reading and writing materials, the format for each chapter is the same.

Students will also begin to use their newly learned (or reviewed) knowledge of sentence structure in their first writing lesson: the descriptive paragraph. Different writing lessons occur at the end of each chapter, which will be of particular use to those students testing with IELTS or TOEFL, or preparing a university application.
 

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Grade 12 Chemistry II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

Moving forward with electron configurations. This week we will apply the electron configuration with Lewis symbol to determine valence electrons. Then we will apply those theories in figuring out the ionic bonding between metals and nonmetals.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Market Research
    • Assets – How do we get them
    • Assets – How to we pay for them
    • Assets – How to we record them
    • Business group expense research

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week we shift from examining categorical data (everyone should now be an expert on the Titanic) to displaying quantitative data. This week we are using earthquake-produced tsunamis as our primary example, but will be constructing our own class-based data as well. We bid farewell to pie and bar graphs and examine histograms, stem-and-leaf diagrams and dotplots. Finally, we begin discussing distribution and its shape, center and spread.
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Heron’s Area Formula
    • Vectors in a Plane
    • Vectors and Dot Products

 

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Week 2

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Grade 12 English
Teacher Chris Bonner

The first week was on course with the introductions and class rules. The outline changed in each class due to the lack of textbooks and workbooks.

We began with the first grammar lesson in the first chapter of each book, which involved compound words and sentences. The lesson expanded to include sentence structure. This is one of the most important lessons in all levels, as a clear understanding and usage of sentence structure will raise the students’ perceived level of ability in both speaking and writing.

The lesson continues in the second week, and includes pdf presentations, an instructional video, a game (which is also a form of quiz), and the first five-point quiz.

The assessment of student speaking abilities and understanding was useful in determining the level of future lessons for each class. Several students, however, demonstrated a lack of understanding of the class rules. They will be continually reminded.

 
 
The Academic Guidance/Study Hall class (Period 7) is now chaired by me, and will focus on preparation for the university (entrance exams, admissions, and requirements), TOEFEL and IELTS preparation, help with any type of school work needed; and lastly, an opportunity to finish any homework before going home for the weekend.

 
 
Subjects for the G12 assembly presentation, later in the month:

Grade 12 A
Effectiveness of the ASEAN community in Southeast Asia.

Grade 12 B
Global effects of the ASEAN community.
 

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Grade 12 Chemistry II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

Continue with periodic table properties, students will determine the trends for ionization energy and electron affinity using electron configurations.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Forming business groups
    • Starting Simulation
    • Collecting data from first weeks expenses
    • Developing business plans

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week 12A Statistic looks at how to present data – tables, graphs, charts – using the sinking of the Titanic as an example. Presenting data properly is a powerful tool to understanding what would otherwise be a fairly unintelligible series of numbers. We will demonstrate our understanding by making some tables of our own – using our very own class data!
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Law of Sines
    • Law of Cosines
    • Heron’s area formula
    • Application of the laws

 

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Week 1

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Grade 12 English
Teacher Chris Bonner

The first week presents an introduction to the teacher, course work, and class materials.
The class rules and student expectations are also discussed.

We will also begin the first chapter of our text. The intention is to develop student interest, as well as to assess their skill levels and abilities.

The goal of the first week is to create an understanding between the teachers (Thai and Western Homeroom teachers) and the students, allowing for a successful learning experience.
 

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Grade 12 Chemistry II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

Students will continue with periodic table of elements and explore in-depth about elements’ properties including electron configuration, balancing chemical reaction, and ionization energy. To figure out the strength and behavior of atoms.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    ● Introductions
    ● Syllabus and course structure
    ● Information gathering project
    ● Required vs Optional expenses
    ● Snapshot of SOME expenses used in daily life

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week Statistics is introduced. We talk about data and how it can be interpreted (or manipulated). The various types of data are discussed – is it quantitative or qualitative, discreet or continuous. Another important aspect of data is its context: the Who, What, When, Where and hoW. Statistics class will also be examining data tables: how their components are labeled, what do they reveal. Students will be designing their own data tables based on class-produced surveys. Finally, we will discuss how to conduct a survey, what questions to ask, what not to ask, how to present the results.
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    ● Introductions
    ● Syllabus and class structure
    ● Review of Trigonometric Identities

 

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