As a teacher in a low-income/high poverty school district in Chicago and former student of this district, I understand that my students are faced with challenges both inside and outside of the classroom. Despite those many challenges, the mathematicians that I enlighten are motivated problem solvers, curious about the world around us and destined for success.
My students are amazing middle schoolers stuck somewhere between cool and fabulous.
Many of my students are bilingual with English being their second language. They enjoy mathematics, and they are quickly learning the importance of teaching others how to fish instead of simply giving fish to our peers.
Just like most teenagers, my students love technology and socialization, and I want to use their interests to create a more efficient learning environment that fosters collaborative learning, open communication, developing their skills with technology and access to class materials that promote an inclusive class environment.
“Can I borrow a pencil?” That statement is frequently used throughout every school day. I teach Mathematics and pencil usage is extremely important. Everyone makes mistakes and the great thing about pencils is that they allow for quick and easy corrections.
We’ve exhausted our supply of pencils and we need more to continue working toward building our Mathematical skills.
I’m convinced that pencils sprout legs at some point and scurry away. Even though I work with middle schoolers finding a pencil for many seems like a battle to the finish line. My mathematicians simply need pencils to successfully continue on their journey of learning.
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