Our school district has frozen all the school funding and there is no money to buy or f funding for classroom resources or technology. 21st Century skills expect technology to be integrated into the math curriculum and the delivery of the subject matter relies on implementation and usage of technology and resources, such as computers and laptops. The publishers of the current math textbooks assume and require resources such as a graphing calculator or a Chromebook, but the reality is the fact that we don't have them or don´t have enough to serve the needs of every student in a crowded classroom of 37-40 students.
86% of the students attending our school/district qualify for reduced-price or free lunch; these students come from low SES families with limited resources; their families rely on the classroom resources of a public school to educate and expose their students.
There is an ongoing achievement gap between minority students and their counterparts. There are a lot of factors that impact the achievement gap in mathematics and one of them is the lack of adequate resources. How can I close the achievement gap and help my students to improve when I don´t even have the necessary
The biggest challenge I face in my classroom is the limitation in school funding, which limits the usage and the purchase of any supplies and resources including much needed technology. The new textbook adoption and the common core curriculum heavily rely on the integration of technology in a math classroom, but the funding limitations are limiting our students to textbooks and the blackboard only. The new common core curriculum, which is known as the thinking curriculum, expects teachers to not only integrate technology into their classrooms, but also equip students with computers and graphing calculators. Then, have them learn and search for the answers/solutions, discover and use their inductive reasoning vs memorize few steps and few formulas.
Most of my students are low SES (reduced or free lunch recipients) and have no computers at home.
Their parents greatly depend on the resources of the public school their student(s) attend. By having adequate resources in my classroom I can enhance my student learning and build understanding and appreciation for the subject.
The overall project vision is to close the widening achievement gap in mathematics by offering much needed resources (technology: graphing calculators, chromebooks, computers) to help our students to progress with the current curriculum and remediate as much as possible in order to be college bound by their senior year. I strongly believe that by correct usage and implementation of the curriculum, we can close the achievement gap in mathematics for at least most of the students. The biggest challenge we face today in a math classroom is the lack of much needed resources (technology). We need computers and laptops, so students can work together and discover math and its applications in real life situation(s).
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