Meet the Calculator

Meet the CalculatorDuring a recent Everyday math lesson the children in KC were introduced to the calculator in order to learn about some of its functions and to provide practice with reading and entering numbers.

Most children had seen a calculator before but had little experience in using one or knew what it could do. Naturally with any new ‘gadget’ the children needed some time to freely explore it for themselves. However, after this initial exploration some probing questions were asked such as: “Have you ever seen anyone use a calculator? Where? What did they use it for? Do the numbers on the calculator look different from numbers you have seen elsewhere? How?” The children were really curious and responded with
not only answers but also asked such questions as:

Meet the Calculator“What does the red button do? What happens if I press this?” A lot of language was being used, questioning techniques being practiced as well as an excellent demonstration of inquisitive minds working things out for themselves!

Using the calculators to input numerals in order to answer a series of questions such as How many toes do you have on one foot? or How many legs does an ant have? freed the children from writing numerals and enabled them to work with and explore numbers more easily. I was really impressed by the children’s use of the calculators and could see a sense of accomplishment and confidence immediately. The calculators really motivated the children’s interest in and curiosity, about numbers. Using this simple technological tool proved to be an extremely effective learning experience for the KC class.

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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