More than half of students from low‑income households
$0 still needed
Calculating Math Survival
My students need calculators to verify answers and portfolio paper for successfully creating mathematical reflections and develop communication skills.
Do you know what it feels like to be in a huge cafeteria filled with 450 students taking a test that will determine if you have the skills to graduate from high school and be the only student without the right calculator? That happens to my students every spring during the End of Course Math Exam.
My classroom consists of high school students with learning disabilities in a special education setting.
All my students are at risk of not graduating from high school because these children are over three years behind their peers in math and language skills. Graduation rates for our population are less than 40%. Our diverse community of learners is made up of 60% Hispanic backgrounds and other cultures represented are Russian, Native American, White, and Mixed. Ages range from freshman to senior students with special needs in the areas of math, reading, and written language. Over 60% my students live in poverty. Some of my students struggle with difficult home lives, addictions, and abuse while others are trying to escape gang influences. Education is their ticket to citizenship and successful careers.
I requested calculators that have the functions needed for the high school proficiency exam. Many of my students cannot afford these items due to low family incomes. Students must verify their answers to allow their mathematical understandings to be demonstrated with confidence. The construction paper I requested will be used to create a portfolio of mathematical knowledge and understandings. The portfolio will be a student's collection of ideas, answers, displays, questions, and reflective writings that focus on concepts and abstract analysis. It will assist them to engage in critical thinking activities and improve their communication skills. All the items requested will help students become ready for college by developing the attributes of persistence and confidence. Motivation changes students attitudes toward graduation. Students can view themselves successfully fulfilling the requirements for graduation and going on to college.
Many of my students will be the first person in their family to graduate.
Confidence will be developed. This project will inspire other students to overcome obstacles too. Self-assurance of their abilities will help build student morale, so the youth will become positive role models in their family and community.
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