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Maths Diagnostics can uncover gaps

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Too often we meet with parents who lament that their child was an A-student in Grade 7, only to receive a 30% score on their maths test in Grade 8. They don’t believe the teachers. They complain that the high school is not teaching their kids properly. Or they simply feel helpless and at a loss to understand how this could happen. It’s incredibly frustrating for our parents.

Every year we see the same thing. It’s not the teachers, or the high school (at least not the ones we work with :-)). We have tested over 15,000 Grade 8 and 9 learners using our maths diagnostic assessments which have been designed to test three grades back and the results clearly demonstrate that basic fundamentals in maths are not properly mastered in primary school. An easy multiplication question 6×4 – Grade 3 level – scored an average of 44.5% across the learners tested. Our theory is that learners managed to pass in primary school through rote learning, memorising the answers without properly understanding the concepts.

But high school maths requires that you fully master the basics without needing to memorise them again. High school Grade 8 teachers don’t have time in the curriculum to teach learners their times tables, or what a fraction is. This should have been done from Grade 4 onwards.

And if a grade 8 learner doesn’t identify those gaps early on, ideally in Term 1 already, it becomes progressively harder to catch up as time passes. By the time September of Grade 9 comes along it’s far too late and most likely their and their parent’s dreams for their career as a doctor or engineer will be dashed as they’re forced to select Maths Literacy in Grade 10.

The value in diagnosing your maths gaps early on in the year doesn’t just apply to Grade 8, although it’s absolutely crucial in Grade 8 given the jump from primary to high schools. Every year teachers will cover more complicated maths concepts and so uncovering the gaps in specific maths topics from prior years and prior terms is valuable so that learners can target their efforts and find support options on the maths topics they need it most. This is even more true in the Covid-19 environment we are in today.

The Brighter Futures Maths Diagnostic Assessments are FREE and available for Grade 8-12. These are 1-1.5hr assessments that cover the maths concepts covered over the last few grades. Once completed, learners receive a detailed report in minutes via email that breaks down every maths section assessed with a corresponding percentage score. Parents, teachers and learners themselves can use this report to target their interventions and ensure no child falls behind.

For any questions about the Maths Diagnostic Assessments – please email us at info@brighterfuture.co.za

Good luck to our Maths learners this year – we are here to support you.

Some amazing FREE resources and webinars to join this month

By | Coding, Coronavirus, Diagnostic assessment, Maths, Microsoft MTA, South Africa shutdown, Tutoring | No Comments

Some amazing FREE resources and webinars to join this month

At Brighter Futures we are planning the following to help you keep abreast of the 4iR and your maths academics:

  1. Free maths diagnostic assessments

    Free maths diagnostic assessments with support resources for Grade 8-12 learners. A Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 assessment will be available online from 13 April onwards so every learner can see if they are on track or where their weak areas are that need extra support. After completing the diagnostic, learners will receive a detailed report that breaks down (1) their mark for each maths section (2) where they need to improve (3) some additional free resources to support their next steps.

    Hopefully this information will keep our teens from their TV screens a little longer 🙂. To request access – click here.


  2. Free Excel Masterclass Webinar – Wed 22 Apr

    We will be hosting a free Excel Masterclass via Webinar on Wednesday 22 April from 2-4pm for those wanting to use the time at home to upskill themselves for their future work and career.

    We’ll be covering some of the following:

    • Manipulating worksheet data, searching worksheet data and modifying Rows and columns.
    • Using functions to calculate data in a worksheet.
    • Filtering, sorting and analysing data using slicers.
    • Presenting data using pivot tables and charts
    • Using and creating Macros and VBA
    • and more…

    Spaces are limited to 30. To book your spot – click here.


  3. Free Intro to Coding Masterclass – Sat 2 May

    We will be hosting a free Intro to Coding Masterclass via Webinar on Saturday 2 May from 2-4pm for those wanting to use the time at home to upskill themselves to be ready for the 4th Industrial Revolution.

    We’ll be covering some of the following:

    • How programming works, the logic and framework
    • Introduce the programming steps in order to create a basic mobile app
    • The benefits of programming and what it enables you to do…
    • and more…

    Spaces are limited to 30. To book your spot – click here.

 

We hope to see you (virtually) soon!

December Newsletter 2019

By | Computer Science, Diagnostic assessment, Maths, Microsoft MTA, Programming | No Comments

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I can’t believe how the year has flown – yet it’s also felt really long! I’m sure you also feel the need for some R&R and we wish you and your family all the best for the festive season. 

At Brighter Futures – we had an exciting year:
1) As part of our vision to bring 21st century critical skills to our learners, for jobs that haven’t been invented yet – we attended the International Technology Association’s “Future of Technology” conference – read more about it…

2) In line with our vision, we launched the Microsoft Software Development Certificate programme (Coding) for high schools. Read more about how our Gr8-11 learners from Bryanson, Curro and Sacred Heart College performed. We’ll be rolling the Coding programme out to 20+ Gauteng high schools next year. Read more… 

3) Maths Cafe – Feel Good, Do Better, Be Best
Testing over 15,000 Gr8 and 9 learners, our diagnostic assessments show that 40-50% cannot do the primary school basics. Maths Cafe is an 8 month programme that will unlock those blocks in maths by targeting the foundations and building learners confidence. Let’s help learners feel excited about maths again. Hear from our learners, parents and teachers. Read more….

We look forward to continuing to expand our programmes and centres, helping more learners develop the critical 21st century skills required – for jobs that don’t even exist yet.

Warm regards,
Joanne

Brighter Futures CEO
087 805 2600

Thanks to Pie City for their Spring School sponsorship!

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BRIGHTER FUTURES SPRING SCHOOL – PIE CITY SPONSORSHIP

Big shout out to Pie City for sponsoring their yummy protein-packed pie lunches each day at our recent #SpringSchool2019.

We had more than 150 learners from over 150 different schools attending. Learners wrote a pre- and -post diagnostic test and showed an average improvement of 17.5%! Well done to all our tutors and participants for showing us how much fun maths can be!

Thanks also to our partner schools for hosting: McAuley House SchoolHoerskool BirchleighCurro Thatchfield Independent SchoolSt Francis College, Benoni 

Maths Spring School – 23-27 September

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BRIGHTER FUTURES SPRING SCHOOL – #SUCCESS FOR 2019

#Springschool2019 was AMAZING!! we had motivational talks, exam tips, leadership activities and of course tons and tons of #maths.

Our motivational discussions allowed learners to share what #success means to them. Such #motivational insights from our Gr8-12 learners. @Lesedi Kekana from Hoërskool Birchleigh says “I feel mentally ready” to write my exams now! Thanks to Chicks Radise for a confidence-building session.

Big shout out to Pie City for sponsoring their yummy protein-packed pie lunches each day!
Thanks also to our partner schools for hosting: McAuley House SchoolHoerskool BirchleighCurro Thatchfield Independent SchoolSt Francis College, Benoni 

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