I teach in a rural Title 1 school district with 75% of my students labeled as economically disadvantaged and are at risk of dropping out before graduation. This past year, some of my students were impacted by Hurricane Harvey as our county is prone to severe flooding. A majority of my students are enrolled in the English Language Learning Program and are in need of more visual ways of being taught to help learn math as they must master difficult concepts that produce high levels of anxiety.
Many of my students who are impacted by being homeless often come to school without basic supplies, experience hunger and always asks me for food and snacks, and they are withdrawn and tend to draw attention away from them.
They often lack sleep from supporting their siblings at night and tend to fall asleep in class if they are not engaged. For these reasons, my district offers every child 100% free breakfast and lunch, a minimal dress code, and a partnership with the Houston Food Bank.
My students are eager to learn and grow in their mathematical journey each and every day; however, our lack of resources limits us.
I love to incorporate math stations in my 8th grade math classroom because it is a great way to help my students understand difficult concepts through concrete, pictorial, and abstract models.
Color Toner will allow me to print picture models of a variety of algebra concepts using pictures of algebra tiles, two-color counters, pattern blocks, and more for stations activities as well as be able to print directly onto cardstock for lamination.
My students really enjoy having fun learning with stations because it gives a hands-on approach that helps my visual and kinesthetic learners improve the most. I hope that you consider funding the color toner for our classroom printer. My students and I will be very appreciative.
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