World Geography is comprised of ten essential units. In the first essential unit, students begin with a review of basic geography skills, concepts and learn to use the five themes of geography (location, place, regions, movement, and human-environment interaction) to ask and answer questions about places on earth.
Once students have acquired the proper skills and learn to think geographically, they apply these skills in examining the regions of the world in the remaining nine units. The normal pace of the course leads to mastery of ten required units. Students usually engage in World Geography during secondary one or secondary two.
The traditions of QSI teaching and its philosophy of mastery learning are applied to the instruction of this course. This course supports and aligns to the success orientations, competencies, and knowledge noted in the QSI English Program Exit Outcomes
Course Teaching and Assessments:
QSI follows the mastery model of education. Preassessment gauges the knowledge students possess before beginning each unit. Group instruction with differentiation is applied to teach the unit’s outcomes.
Ongoing formative assessment is used to gauge teaching; informing the instructor on when students are ready for assessment.
Suggested rubrics are provided for unit assessments. Students that do not achieve at least a ‘B’ grade in each TSW, must continue to work toward mastery after re-teaching in those particular TSW's. If a student cannot master the unit or particular TSWs, their unit can be placed on Hold (‘H’), until they are able to master the skill.
Reteaching, correctives, and parent notification must be applied before a student can be deemed deficient in the effort and assessed with a ‘D’ (consult QSI policy). Proper behavioral and skill inventions along with reteaching are continued; assisting the student toward mastery. All students can succeed.
World Geography requires students to master ten units, all ten essential units must be mastered in order to complete the course
- Teacher: Aleisa Dunn