Teacher:

I am John Lacson.  The 2018-2019 academic year was my 11th and final at ISM.   I taught the Math Honors courses for Grades 9 and 10, Math 2 for Grade 10, I.B. Math Studies for Grade 11, and regular Math for Grade 8.  Including this, that was six different math courses. I also taught Pilipino-1, Science 7, and Science 8.   I used to be contacted by e-mail at lacsonj@ismanila.org or personally during office hours (2:35-3:00 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays) in ISM room P044.

Teaching Philosophy:

My teaching philosophy was always to treat each child as if he or she was my own son or daughter.  This meant that students were challenged, prepared, and treated with kindness and professional courtesy in a safe learning environment from bell to bell.  However, it also meant that schedules, curriculum timelines, school rules, and classroom procedures were followed strictly.


Students' Needs:

1) Texas Instruments 83 or 84 Series Graphing Calculator
2) Lap top, Pad, or device capable of graphing spreadsheet data and accessing the ISM portal and Google Drive.
3) Mathematics spiral bound notebook with graphing paper.
4) Centimeter ruler.
5) Lots of pencils.
6) A fine-tip green marker.  Guess what for?
7) A clear file folder with ISM green cover.  Yes, we were not totally paperless.
8) The textbook for this course. Algebra 2 published by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston.
9) Planner

Grading System:

We used the I.B. (International Baccalaureate) system of reporting marks and grades.  Results of Summative Assessments (things that count) were recorded in Power-School on a scale of 1-7, with 7 being Exemplary and 1 being Emerging.  Power-School was typically closed until after MS Open House night.

The Course:

Math Honors 8 was a high school course that included the following:
 
Algebraic Reasoning
Concepts in Geometry and Introductory Trig
Introduction to Functions
Quadratic Functions
Systems of Equations and Inequalities
Probability and Statistics

After the fundamentals were taught, I became more of a facilitator, such that during much of class time, students learned to work independently to complete assigned problem sets.  Differentiated teaching strategies were also used, such that students were expected to do hands-on activities (3D constructs, projectile motion, simple harmonic motion, random sampling, etc.) in order to gather real data for mathematical analysis.
 
 
The Classroom Rules:

1) The safety, well-being, and learning privileges of each student were always of utmost importance.
2)  Students were asked to be respectful.  This meant being punctual, professional, and polite.
3)  Students were asked to be responsible.  The ISM Rules and Regulations, lame as they were, were followed.

I hope you got the "point."  and had a fun read :)