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Ms. Waddell from Oakland CA is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Cell Phone Nightmare

The cost of two classroom sets of TI-7 Mathmate Calculators is $347, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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In our friendly East Oakland classroom at Leadership Prep High School in the Castlemont Community of Small Schools, I have a rule. NO CELL PHONES! The rings and text messaging lure my teenage scholars to the "social zone" rather than the "serious academic zone". However, my rule goes to hell when it is math hour. NO THEY DON'T USE THEM TO CHEAT, get outta here! However, my special ed high school students have IEPs that specify the allowance of calculators because of their learning disabilities. I have two old calculators I've collected (stolen) from my parent's old junk room and one I "borrowed" from a college roommate years ago. That leaves me grasping for 17 more creative solutions. Of course as my mind was blank, it was my innovative students who thought of the calculators in the cell phones. Last year, I not only allowed my students to use their calculators on their cell phones, but I gladly volunteered my own phone. Still, there weren't enough to go around. The students and I ended up pooling all the available phones, and taking surveys of those who felt like they needed the calculator the most. Despite the generosity I've seen in the actions of my students, due to our lack of district, school, and personal funds, we are asking for 20 new calculators to make our learning better! We would be able to move on to higher mathematic concepts with 20 new calculators. The students would be able to get the mechanical help specified in their Individualized Education Plans that they need in order to move forward in their special education math course. Plus, you'd be helping a teacher protect her private text messages from gossip hounds!

Ms. Waddell
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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TI-7 Mathmate Calculator - Classroom Set • Delta Education $109.50 2 $219.00

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