Help me give my students 33 graphing calculators. They need to learn about functions and higher mathematical concepts on a deeper level.
Picture a room of thirty-three students. Yes, one of my classes has thirty-three students. Many of my students work part-time jobs after school or take care of siblings while their parents work. One of my students is chronically late to school. She has to drop off her siblings at their school before starting her day here at her school. And yet, these students persevere. They learn despite the obstacles in their way.
Most importantly, my students want to go to college.
With 91% of the students qualifying as low-income, I want to support their achievement in every possible way. As a math teacher, I teach students the beauty of math and I want them to understand concepts. But, with the pressure of standardized tests as a determining factor in college acceptance, my students also need to interpret math and answer questions quickly. And, just as important as college acceptance, test scores are often a determining factor in scholarship awards! These students deserve every possible support in order for them to achieve their goal - a college degree that will be used as a doorway to a brighter future for them and their families.
My students are bright, dedicated and focused on learning. My students want to go to college. Most of them come from homes where they would be the first in their families to do so. Their home lives are filled with love despite the fact that they are considered low-income. I tell my students that purchasing a graphing calculator would be an important tool for our mathematics class, but they can't afford it. A scientific calculator just won't cut it. My students need to see the beauty of functions quickly and efficiently.
The graphing calculator is a tool that supports their understanding of concepts and allows for deeper levels of discussion.
In addition, they are allowed to use the graphing calculators on standardized tests. While the tests state that a graphing calculator is not necessary, it certainly gives students an edge. Students from more affluent families could easily afford to purchase their own. Mine cannot. However, my intelligent and motivated students deserve that edge. My school cannot supply them - our budget is stretched to the max. I cannot afford to purchase one for every student. Please help my students use the graphing calculator as a tool that springboards them to a brighter future.
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