I teach algebra 1 to high school freshmen, and many of my students are kids who have struggled to learn math in the past. Many students tell me on the first day that they hate math.
After a year of taking things a step at a time, and with a lot of individual attention, my students gain confidence in their ability to do math.
Some are surprised to find that they actually like it. It is so gratifying to see their smiles when they succeed. Math opens so many doors for students, so it is so important that we support their success
The resources I am requesting is a 4 ft by 8 ft magnetic whiteboard that can be installed on my classroom wall and some whiteboard erasers. Group work is a big part of our classroom. When students are working together on problems, it is helpful for them to have space on the board to work through their ideas. This allows everyone in the group to see the ideas and contribute. It also means that groups can circulate around the room and look at the work of other students. Having more whiteboard space will allow more students to be able to participate in writing down their ideas.
A magnetic whiteboard will allow me to try some new types of learning activities.
My current whiteboard is not magnetic, so the addition of a magnetic whiteboard will allow me to plan activities that would involve manipulating magnetic pieces on the board. Many of my students are better able to focus when they are doing activities that allow them to move around and touch the math.
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