My students need 2 class sets of Communicators (dry erase boards), 2 class sets of dry erasers, and enough dry erase markers for 180 students to use throughout the year.
I have taught Middle School Special Education Math classes for 17 years, but next year, I will be co-teaching in the General Education Math classes. I am very excited about this opportunity to work with larger class sizes! I love the excitement that you can generate with larger groups of students!
The challenge with larger groups of students is getting everyone to participate in whatever skill is being taught.
My school is a Title 1 campus, which means that the majority of the students that attend the school are economically disadvantaged. Most of my students are ESL students, which means they are English-Second-Language learners. While this helps to understand my students' background, it does not explain why I am asking for the supplies I so desperately want. It happens in every classroom everywhere. The fastest, brightest kids answer the majority of questions posed to the classroom. Their hands are the first in the air and they wave them with enthusiasm. Most teachers gratefully call on them and hope the majority of the class is "getting it". But what often happens is that the kids who are less confident or slower tend to become complacent and let the "smart" kids do all of their thinking. They aren't "getting it" because they aren't having to apply themselves.
About 10 years ago, my boss got my Special Education math class some Communicators. They are plastic "sleeves" that you can use as dry erase boards. You can slip in a piece of paper that has the coordinate grid printed on it so the kids can demonstrate where a point is when given x/y coordinates. You can slip in a numberline so the students can show where a fraction or decimal would be located on it. In my small class of 10, I could stand and watch everyone working on the problem I gave them. Everyone was working at the same time and I could SEE who was getting the concept I was teaching and who was not. I want to use the same technique for a class of 30 math students. I want to give a problem and watch everyone in the class working on it. When they have the answer, they wait until I tell them to hold up their work and display what they have done. The entire class will be held accountable for learning what is being taught.
They will not be able to become invisible in the classroom.
Everyone must display their work at the same time. Most important, I will be able to get immediate feedback on who needs extra help and who is ready to progress to a higher level. I will be co-teaching/tutoring 2 different grade levels, 6th and 7th, and need markers for a total of 180 students for an entire school year. I would like one set of Communicators and erasers to stay in each grade level.
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|Expo Low Odor Fine Tip Dry Erase Markers, 12 Black Markers (86001) • Amazon||$8.85||40||$354.00|
|Communicator Clearboard • Educators Outlet||$19.49||6||$116.94|
|EZ Erasers • Educators Outlet||$5.99||6||$35.94|
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