Farzana Ahmed

Student, Teacher, and Mother in Japan

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Greetings, I’m Farzana. I am a new teacher. I graduated BEd- primary/junior, December 2017 from the university of Ontario. Following that, I did an LTO at a kindergarten where I had many ELL students. The experience was defiantly challenging and a huge learning curve.

Currently, I am living in Japan (due to my husband’s work) with my husband and 2 children 5 years and 6 month old. As I am stuck at home with the baby, I decided to do some AQ courses and expand my knowledge before returning to work in Canada. Also leaving in Japan where very little English is spoken it reminded me of my ELL students.

In my LOT at a kindergarten in a predominant immigrant area, most of my students were ELL. That defiantly posed many challenges and I had to come up with creative ways to explain instructions and assess learning. In my experience, I found the ELL students have good knowledge and understanding but due to the language barrier, they struggle to show their understanding. One of the reasons I choose to do ELL is to learn about accommodations I can put in place to help make learning and assessment fair for the variety of learners in a classroom.

P.S. The Owl is my teacher avatar because of the poem,

"A wise old owl sat in an oak.

The more he saw the less he spoke

The less he spoke the more he heard.

Why aren't we all like that wise old bird? "