Case Study

Belle Haven Elementary School

ESL and IEP students Success

Belle Haven Elementary School

A friend gave Robert Pronovost an eBeam system to test out and before long, Pronovost couldn’t remember what teaching without it was like. As a relatively new teacher, he has already experienced the challenge of teaching a class where many of the students need special attention and accommodations. Out of 19 students, 18 are ESL (English as a Second Language) learners. This sometimes creates a language barrier that makes it challenging to ensure that these students absorb information and meet grade level requirements. Pronovost also has some students that are on Individual Education Plans (IEPs).

eBeam systems have allowed Pronovost to bridge this language and culture barrier for his students. Using his eBeam interactive whiteboard system, he is able to easily share images that are relevant to his students while helping them to connect those images with English words.

“When we study Language Arts, the words that my ESL students don’t recognize verbally are made clear through visual examples that I can pull up in seconds,” explained Pronovost. “Recently we studied animal camouflage in nature. Some of the students found this concept difficult to understand, but easily grasped it when I included images and videos in my lesson.”

Additionally, Pronovost has found that using an interactive whiteboard system in the classroom has transformed the attention of students who previously struggled to focus on the material.