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As a math teacher candidate I was firmly against the use of calculators in the classroom. This was before I was able to see from my students point of view. I am a teacher with an unspecified learning disability in the areas of reading and spelling. Despite my learning disability I excelled in math and science with the help of modifications, assistive technology and other educational strategies. As a teacher candidate I ensured myself and those around me that I would help my future students find what strategies worked for them and would help them excel. When I began teaching in the inner city I was shocked to see how many of my students were missing basic math skills making the rigor of middle school math nearly impossible. What made this even worse was how bright and capable my students are at comprehending this rigorous math. This made me stop and wonder why they were not performing as I knew they could. When looking more closely at their work I found they were not making mistakes in the middle school content but on the basic operations. When given a calculator my students are able to preform on grade level. They were no longer afraid to try new and harder problems and were simply happier to be in math class. I currently see 75 students a day in groups of 25 at a time and only have 18 working scientific calculators. One would think I only need a class set of 25 but there are a few reasons that is not true. All 75 students at times will need a calculator at home, in study hall or on a standardized test. Please help my students have what they need every day.

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As a math teacher candidate I was firmly against the use of calculators in the classroom. This was before I was able to see from my students point of view. I am a teacher with an unspecified learning disability in the areas of reading and spelling. Despite my learning disability I excelled in math and science with the help of modifications, assistive technology and other educational strategies. As a teacher candidate I ensured myself and those around me that I would help my future students find what strategies worked for them and would help them excel. When I began teaching in the inner city I was shocked to see how many of my students were missing basic math skills making the rigor of middle school math nearly impossible. What made this even worse was how bright and capable my students are at comprehending this rigorous math. This made me stop and wonder why they were not performing as I knew they could. When looking more closely at their work I found they were not making mistakes in the middle school content but on the basic operations. When given a calculator my students are able to preform on grade level. They were no longer afraid to try new and harder problems and were simply happier to be in math class. I currently see 75 students a day in groups of 25 at a time and only have 18 working scientific calculators. One would think I only need a class set of 25 but there are a few reasons that is not true. All 75 students at times will need a calculator at home, in study hall or on a standardized test. Please help my students have what they need every day.

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