One tenet of successful mathematics teaching that I have noticed as a teacher is that my students need to understand the relevance of the math they are learning in their own lives outside the classroom. I always try to incorporate skills into the curriculum that will help prepare them for the future. In addition, I always seek to do so in a way that makes sense to them at this critical point in their lives.
For each school year to be successful, my students need certain basic supplies in order to keep the focus on learning.
As a teacher, I feel it is my job to ensure that the basics like pencils, pens, graph paper and erasers are always available in my classroom. My students deserve to have their basic educational needs met in the classroom daily. My students put in great effort to be successful so they deserve to have the best educational environment possible.
Both teachers and students are expected to spend hundreds on supplies as each new school year approaches. This can present a hardship for families who have multiple children or limited resources. Often, students do not want to reveal the reason why they are unprepared for class due to embarrassment.
When basic supplies are readily available in classrooms, it keeps the focus on education.
Students should never have to worry that they will not have a pencil to write with or paper to take notes. My motto is that pencils have erasers because it is OK to make mistakes. In furtherance with this, both pencils and erasers must always be kept on hand.
We use dry erase boards in the classroom to conserve resources since they are reusable. To continue to do so, my students need more dry erase markers and they also need dry erase board erasers and expo spray to keep the boards in good working order. Cardstock is also another durable resource that my students need. It can be used to print items that we would like to reuse since it is much thicker than regular paper.
Since I began teaching, I have always rewarded students who do well or continue to try even when learning is a struggle. I frequently use reward stickers on assessments to recognize student success and effort. Lastly, our classroom needs binders and organizational tabs to track student information and progress as the school year progresses.
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