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Since Elsberry Schools is a smaller district it is almost a must that teachers be very versatile in their teachings. For instance, Trudy Bull teaches PE in all three buildings, Elementary, Middle School and High School students. While Hector Bencomo not only teaches Spanish but math classes to Middle and High School students.
What student doesn’t enjoy the days they spend in PE? In the Elementary classes students get to go to PE once a week. Coach Bull is currently working with the students on their hand-eye coordination, but they don’t realize this important aspect because they are so busy playing frisbee, bean bag tossing games and dodge ball. At the middle school level Coach Bull teaches more sports specific activities such as, (and not limited to these sports) four corner soccer, wiffle ball and basketball. During their daily time together, classes use this time to learn fundamentals and the basic rules of a game. In the high school classes they play more advanced games geared toward competition and getting everyone active and involved. Students recently have been playing basketball and are getting ready to start units on whiffle ball and soccer.
Some may wonder what Spanish and Math have in common? Actually probably nothing except that Mr. Bencomo teaches both of them at EHS. Eighth grade math, Algebra I, Spanish I and II are what keep him so busy on a daily basis. In eighth grade math classes’, students are learning how to distribute properties, simplify expressions, solve two step equations, and solve equations with variables on each side. Algebra students are currently learning to factor monomials, trinomials and difference of squares. If Spanish I students got stranded in a Spanish speaking country they would not starve, as they are currently working on how to order food at a café, identify some foods and how to shop for food in Spanish. Spanish II students are learning how to describe personal grooming habits, talk about one’s daily routine and tell about themselves, of course all in the Spanish language.
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