My students need whiteboards, markers, erasers and cleaner for daily hands on practice of mathematics concepts. Multi-sensory engagement stimulates brain growth in math.
This project expired on June 17, 2011.
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Most middle school students don't understand basic math fundamentals. These are the areas that they are weakest in and why they can't go forward to pre-algebra and algebra swiftly. In order for my students to construct meaning of these concepts, the use of white boards and markers are a necessity.
Since the majority of our students come from impoverished homes they cannot afford basic paper and pencil supplies needed for daily classwork.
In years past I have supplied paper and pencil to these needy students. Since our school has adopted recycling and Going Green to save our planet, I have decided to meet my students' needs again this year with the use of the whiteboards and markers. In addition to the other recycling efforts at our school, using paperless technology will be my contribution toward our garbage management. Hopefully my students will not only understand more math concepts, but will gain understanding in the challenge posed to them by saving our planet.
In the wake of the challenges that these multicultural students face from the Tampa Bay area, students at my Title 1 school find it rewarding to come to my math class. My middle school students are excited by the opportunity of using the whiteboards and markers because of its simplicity. They are more eager to participate with these user friendly items. Their use eliminates the need of sharpeners, reduces waste and saves the trees. What a classroom management tool! With their excitement in hand, I capture the moment every day by prompting them with math calculations, and therefore increasing the probability of their success. I have not yet found another tool that has sparked so much motivation in middle school students than going back to the "good old school days" of using high tech "board and chalk."
In this way I know of success in the past of getting my students off the drawing board and into the seat of FCAT success.
I have used whiteboards in my classroom for the past 5 years. They're dull, chipping, and wearing out from continued use. If my wish could be granted by obtaining new materials that we could use this year and for future use, I feel assured that the efforts put forth from my students will only prosper them with increased gains made in math as seen from yearly FCAT scores.
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