During my prep period, I decided to attend an ELD Mathematics class because I wanted to experience a teaching style from a different teacher.
Here are some quick facts for those who are not familiar with ESL (English as a Second Language) and English Literacy Development (ELD) courses:
This was all new to me as I have never been placed in an ESL class, let alone heard of the ELD program.
I had the opportunity to sit in on an ELD Mathematics class (I believe they were level 3 ELD students) and observed the way the students behaved and interacted with their teacher and peers. Here are some of my notes that I made while watching:
My favourite part of this class was the integration of Khan Academy. The teacher has students create a profile that allows them to answer various math related questions that involve word problems and bar graphs regarding topics involving money, time, and length. The students really enjoyed using Khan Academy as they gained points for questions answered correctly and actually learned how to solve the problem. It was inspiring to see that the ELD students did not give up on a question until they solved it. They also did not ask for help until they've tried solving the problem on their own. Most students I've seen usually give up and then seek the correct answer from the teacher.
It was an excellent class to watch and I believe that the students are in very good hands. The teacher is kind, understanding, and offers different instructional strategies to meet student needs.
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