I teach in a high-poverty area in NYC. I had the very exciting opportunity to switch to a new grade this year! I am teaching third grade for only the second time in a nearly 20-year teaching career. More than 90% of the students in my school qualify for free or reduced price lunches and breakfasts.
It has been an exciting and challenging start to this new year!
My students and I are adjusting really well. It is going to be an amazing year!
My students work hard and want to succeed! Our school community feels like any elementary school in the country in spite of the wide and varied needs that exist here. Our teachers and parents want the best for every child who walks through our door.
My school has switched over to the Eureka Math Curriculum over the past two years and it has truly helped our students become mathematicians. We have math manipulatives from previous math kits, but they do not align with the new curriculum. Base-ten blocks are out and number discs are in. It is not okay to just show the students how liters and milliliters are related, they need to try it themselves. Some of the materials can be used but a lot of them can not. Just like everything, mathematics teaching and learning has evolved, but the tools have not....at least not at my school.
My students need and deserve new math manipulatives to help them attain greatness!
Eureka teaches math differently than the way math has been taught in the past and my students need the tools to be successful. My students love learning math in a hands-on way and I want to help them to do that.
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