My students need graphing calculators to learn about statistics, graphing, regression, and the student population at my school is well below the poverty line.
My students want to learn about graphing and slopes and intersections of lines. The graphing calculators would enhance their understanding as well as make these students competitive with students from more affluent schools.
The students are smart but they lack some skills and sometimes feel like academics are too hard for them.
Having tools like the TI-83 calculators make tasks in statistics and graphing easier and help students grasp the material faster. Also, I want to instill in my 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students a real desire to go onto college. These are the crucial years for many students. The standardized tests that student take to gain admittance to college such as the SAT and ACT practically require a student to be skillful at using these types of graphing calculators. So by providing them with these graphing calculators and showing them how to use them I feel this will be a very important skill for them to have in their future mathematics courses.
Students will gain the skill of learning the various applications of the graphing calculators. For example when teaching students about graphing lines, and functions it's much easier for students to grasp these concepts from seeing it on the screen of the calculator. Some of my students are easily frustrated and theses calculators will reduce their frustration level.
Right now I have four calculators in my class that work.
None of these are graphing calculators. This lack of calculators is frustrating for me as well as the students. If you look at my picture, you can see the blackboard in the background. My classroom has no "smart board", no white board, and no laptops.
I do the best I can with an overhead and a pull down screen. Other schools can afford all of the state of the art materials- we can't. Help me level the playing field for my students.
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