My students need improved graphing calculators with charging stations, that are up-to-date with the current technology we already use.
I teach freshmen math classes (Math 1 & 2). I love teaching freshmen because they are full of energy (just like me), willing to participate, and are still at the age where they really just want to do good and please the teacher. Over the past year, I have built amazing relationships with my students. From going to their sports games, band events, and even to a student's quinceañera, I have been able to see and interact with my students beyond my math classroom.
I'll be honest, I love teaching math, but I love the relational aspect even more.
I know that when students know that I care and that I am invested in their life, whether it be what they did over the weekend or the concerns they have, they will put in so much more effort in my class, which also makes my job easier!
Part of the requirements of the scholarships I received when I was in my undergraduate and my graduate program said I had to teach in a low-income area for four years. Walking into my school, getting ready to teach my students my first year, I looked at the supplies I had and had been passed down to me. There was a class set of TI-84 calculators. "Whew!" I thought, "I won't have to force parents to buy an expensive piece of equipment!" As I inspected the calculators further, I noticed many screens were broken, many battery compartments were held together with duct tape, and some were missing back compartments all together. I had JUST enough calculators to last my students through the school year. If one broke, I was done for....we didn't have any extras.
My students deserve more than 10+ year old calculators.
To put things in perspective, I had the same calculator when I was in middle school 10 years ago. We upgrade our phones every couple years (if not more than that), we upgrade our cars, we upgrade other pieces of technology in our life, but my students are having to use calculators almost as old as they are.
The 20 calculators I'm requesting graph in color which is a HUGE improvement to the black-bit graphs the current ones graph. Now I would be able to say, "How does the red graph compare to the blue graph?" compared to "Look at the graph that's on top of the other graph, how do they compare?" This would help not only my visual students, but also would help the general class. These calculators are a lot slimmer, have a harder screen that would prevent breakage, and run off internal batteries. NO MORE AAA BATTERY REPLACEMENT!!
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|Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus CE 10 Digit Graphing Calculator, Teacher Pack, 10/Pack • Quill.com||$1,291.99||1||$1,291.99|
|Texas Instruments Charging Station for TI-84 Plus CE Graphing Calculator, Gray (TI84PLSCECHARGE) • Quill.com||$77.34||2||$154.68|
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