My students are freshmen, just starting their high school careers. They are maturing from 8th-grade middle school students into responsible high school students.
As a math class, part of my job is to help students understand that important parts of daily life as an emerging adult is understanding numbers and being able to work with them.
For some of my students, financial literacy makes perfect sense and for others it's an alien language.
Whether it is comparing interest rates for a phone company, a service plan, taxes, or mortgages and bank statements, mathematics is key and understanding how to maneuver on a calculator is equally important.
Most of my students, as freshmen, come into high school with little to no understanding of how to navigate a graphing calculator. Unfortunately, they also come without the proper knowledge that math is important and is utilized so often in the daily life of an adult.
Whether it is balancing a check, finding discounts, opening a bank account or deciding on an insurance or retirement plan, mathematics is needed--not to mention if you want to go to college and take on a career in finances, medicine, or STEM.
As a result, I make it a priority of mine to integrate as much real world finances into my Algebra 1 classes and show students how to utilize the calculator to its full potential.
My classroom set of calculators is very old and/or have faulty wires or has just been dropped one too many times. Many of them have given out and need to be replaced. Therefore, for my project, I would like to supply my students with 4 new graphing calculators, so that we may continue to work on our financial literacy.
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