Life, Love, and Long Division

18 Dec 2015

After having received my master’s degree in micro biology from University of Wisconsin and a Business degree from Prasetiya Mulya Business School, and establishing myself as a middle school science teacher at Sekolah Pelita Harapan, our time to start a family arrived with the birth of our son, Michael in 1997. My husband and I concluded that at that time, it would be more beneficial to our family if I help with our business and focus on raising our son, so I put my teaching career on hold. As Michael approached 3 years of age, we visited several preschools to determine which one would be best for our son. We settled on Montessori Bali because we were impressed with its child centered programme. Michael enjoyed school and continued through each grade level until graduating from grade 6 in 2013. A year and a half later, Montessori Bali, knowing of my middle school teaching experience, asked if I would consider teaching math and science to the Adolescent class. I had enjoyed my time as a middle school teacher and so I accepted the invitation and have gone onto support the micro-economies programme as well.

Even though teaching Science had been my greatest focus in the past, I discovered that I enjoyed teaching math even more. The approaches to the two programmes complement each other. Math is taught continuously throughout the year and focuses on abstract mental work, such as solving fractional or algebraic equations and profit and loss calculations which are performed by students individually. Science is taught in blocks of 4 focused weeks that cover topics such as environmental science and chemistry and involve a great deal of collaborative group work.

Two great advantages of Montessori are the considerations afforded to individual students and the flexibility of the programme. This starts at the end of the fourth term when grade 6 students spend a day in the Adolescent Community to preview their upcoming classroom. Observations at the beginning of the following school year allow us to determine where individual students need to start so that appropriate adjustments can be made to their lesson plans to ensure their continued advancement. Because Montessori Bali accommodates the learning rate of individual students, those who absorb concepts quickly can advance at their own speed while students requiring additional support can work with an older student who can explain the concept from their perspective, or receive additional support from me after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

– Kartika

For the guideline of the subject areas covered in the AC math programme, please see the chart below.

Math Group 1 Math Group 2 Math group 3
History of Numbers Numbers Integers
Order of Operations Fractions Fractions
Number Properties Decimal Decimals
Math Language Percentages Percentages
Symbols of Math Angles Rational Numbers
Fractions 2D and 3D Spaces Recurring Decimals
Problem solving with Fractions Measurement Ratio and Rates
Ratios Directed Numbers Estimation
Applications of Fractions Number Plane Financial Mathematics
Word Problems Algebra Problem solving involving income and Simple Interest
Long division review Applied Mathematical Techniques to Problem Solving Determining Best Buys
Decimals Advanced Percentages Profit and Loss Percentages
Percentages Applications Discount Calculation
Ratio and Rate Problem Solving Determining tax percentages in Prices
Application of Index Laws to Numerical and Algebraic Equations
Scientific Notation
Simplifying Algebraic Equations
Factorizing Algebraic Equations
Common Factors



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