My students are pioneers! They have chosen to attend an Early College High School. This means they are working toward earning an Associate Degree in addition to their high school diploma at the end of four years. They would be the first generation of their family to attend college!
Most of my students are low-income and at risk.
However, they are dedicated to achieving their goal and want to make a better lives for themselves and their families through education.
Math is often a stumbling block for students, especially those who are first generation college students. They often do not have the support they need at home. However, my goal is to work with every student so he/she feels successful and ready for college or for a job. If students can be successful in my class, then they are ready for early college classes. This means these students will realize that they can reach that dream of a college education and be one of the first in their families to graduate.
Many students today are visual learners, so using the TI-84 calculators is an effective way for students to understand the math concepts we are learning in multiple ways. With the TI-84s, students can see what an equations looks like as a graph and table side-by-side! We can quickly explore how changing the numbers in the equation will affect the graph and table. We can compare different types of relationships such as lines versus curves. We can input data we have collected and see in an instant what the data looks like.
Why does the visual matter so much?
Students can see what is happening and then we can start interpreting and using the data. We go beyond writing the equation or graphing it; we can use it to predict! We can apply our predictions to solve real problems.
These concepts lay a foundation for in-depth mathematical reasoning and a strong math foundation opens up many possibilities for student careers. I want students to see math as understandable and usable. The TI-84 will help us do this!
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