I am a math teacher at a junior high with approximately 1200 students. As a result of boundary changes over half the students are new to the school this year. Its been great to see students make new friends and welcome the new students.
I teach 7 class periods a day with an average of 30 students per class.
My largest class has 36 students. My students would greatly benefit from having a class room set of calculators they could use in class and become familiar with to use on tests.
Students typically want to use their cell phones for a calculator but they are not allowed on assessments I give or on end of level testing required by the state.
These calculators will be used by students in class on assignments and tests. Many students still struggle with multiplication facts, adding and subtracting integers, fractions, decimals and other basic math skills they are expected to be fluent in by 8th grade. Allowing students to use a calculator removes anxiety and wasted time over the details.
This gives them the time, energy, and confidence to focus on more important theories and strategizing.
The deeper into math they get, the more important this will be.
I want to empower my students, and hopefully get them excited about a lifetime of doing mathematics. Allowing students to use calculators helps kids better enjoy math.
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