Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The M Word

Another quarter has come and gone and many of the ESOL students at my school are still struggling with their core content classes.  Since the opportunity was offered, a colleague and I decided to do our part to combat this problem by starting a homework club.  We targeted eighth grade students in particular in an effort to ensure that they are fully prepared for the rigors of high school next year.

Offering a homework club means that students are going to seek help in all core content areas.  This is something that Cathy and I figured we could handle.  We rocked it a few weeks ago while explaining how a bill becomes a law and even got through science. However, this week our biggest fear was realized: students asked us to help them with their math homework.  I took the easy way out by focusing on the students who had to solve for x.  Cathy tackled slope intercepts.

As the homework club continues and builds up a following, Cathy and I are anticipating that more math questions will arise.  This may require reinforcements as to be honest, only so much math is required to be an ESOL ninja on a daily basis.  Here are some of the math weapons in my arsenal:

Khan Academy
Math Playground
Study Jams

Interactive Activities
Assorted Activities
Johnnie's Middle School Math
Middle School Math Games
Interactive Math Vocabulary

Online Manipulatives
Math Playground
National Library of Online Manipulatives

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