So Kingsong is in grade 10, and he gets a new Math teacher Mr. Pai. Mr. Pai graduated from Queen’s University with a Biology honours degree, a Mathematics degree, and a teaching degree. In addition to working with Colonel By Teachers last year, he also studied the IB and AP program in detail while completing his B.Ed. at Queens.
He contacts all parents through email – This is the first time I receive a subject teacher’s email since Kingsong goes to high school. He sets up two after school help sessions each week to help those who need help in Math. And also announce that he is available every day after school and through email.
I was confident that Kingsong don’t need additional help, and Mr. Pai also believes that “KingSong is showing good capabilities in class and in his written assessments. He should be trying to reach new heights with extending questions once he has a good solid grasp of the fundamentals. I gave some suggestions on how students can achieve that, and he should definitely try it.”
But I was wrong.
Kingsong is now learing Factoring. A few days ago, Chen spent three days in a row to help him with his homework.
They started with a simple X2-mX+n, such as X2-5X+6, then go ahead to KX2+MX +N and then Kingsong didn’t seem to understand why we wanted to do factoring.
I googled online for some resources from China, only to find that in China this is a Grade 8’s topic.
Kingsong also mentions he wants to work with Level 4 problems but the teacher won’t give out the problems ahead of exam because it is supposed for student to solve it without being taught. But appearantly if Kingsong can understand all the equations listed on the page he sure will be able to handle most of Level 4 issue.
Good luck Kingsong.