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Mrs. Mai from Anaheim CA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Calculators for Higher Math

Help me give my students calculators to use to support the arithmetically challenged and to speed up calculation.

  • $183 goal

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My Students

We are a Title I school so there is a large population of students who live in poverty and often come to class without the necessary supplies. In the past year, we have also experienced an influx of immigrants from all over the world. The students bring with them different abilities and experiences, both academically and personally, so classroom discussions in each period are never the same because of the students' rich cultural backgrounds.

I've been teaching for 17 years and in the past five, I've noticed an increase in students who come to class with heavier emotional baggage.

This burden often results in them acting out or being withdrawn. To tackle the issue, I delved into psychology books, teen behaviors, and how to deal with difficult students. Teaching is becoming more challenging than ever with increased demands on the curriculum, methodology, and complex millenial psychology. I believe I'm heading in the right direction by investing my time in understanding their behaviors because it has made a huge positive inprovement in my classroom culture.

My Project

Every year I ask students to buy their own calculators but only about half of them have one. I have some to loan out but they usually break at some point due to frequent use and occasional vandalism. Our class is 7th grade Pre-Algebra but there are students who are still operating at 2nd and 3rd grade level. Since the math curriculum is mostly linear, it is difficult to move forward without basic skills. If I focus too much on the arithmetics, my students would get bored and often give up. A calculator helps to bridge the gap. Thank you!

Mrs. Mai
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 213 students.

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Staples SPL-230, 8-Digit Display Calculator • Staples Advantage $3.76 30 $112.80

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