My students need composition books, a pencil sharpener, scissors, rulers, graph paper, and a paper cutter to create thier interactive notebooks.
Can you imagine cooking without a stove? Painting without brushes? How about earning a world class education without basic class supplies? The latter is the challenge faced by my children. While they may lack the quantity of needed supplies this shouldn't stop them from earning a quality education.
My students are a phenomenal group of young people.
They are intriguing, intelligent, wise, witty, and affable individuals with an affinity for arduous work. While the aforementioned superlatives are rarely assigned to middle school students in the impoverished region of Georgia that my students call home, these attributes accurately describe my young scholars. My students have had an inconsistent history of mathematics success as measured by the states standardized test. This year they are poised to change the course of their scholastic history by committing to close the gap between their academic potential with their academic output.
What the canvass is to the painter the composition book is to the maturing mathematician. While a composition book may seem less inspiring than any tool used by an artisan, this perception may be transformed when lined paper sandwiched between cardboard morphs into an interactive learning catalog. I am requesting composition books, a pencil sharpener, scissors, rulers, graph paper, and a paper cutter to create thier interactive notebooks. WIth these tools, my scholars will be able to develop an understanding of the abstract art that is math by creating interactive artifacts that will be featured in their composition books. To create these artifacts they will need to measure, cut, and draw arithmetic representations of the concepts explored during a given learning experience. My student's interactive notebooks will provide them with a resource that they will be able to physically manipulate to construct their knowledge. This self created resource will enable my scholars to view the world of math through a lens that they have never been able to access. It will usher their middle school arithmetic awakening!
Math is a subject that American students are losing ground in mastering when compared to their peers abroad.
The gap widens when students of lesser means are compared to their more affluent peers nationally and the youth they compete with in our global community. One major hurdle of connecting with the abstract concepts learned in math is the inability to explore its principals in a physical and tangible way. Please support this project to make math literacy more accessible to our scholars.
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|Quill Brand Stainless-Steel Scissors 5-1/2", Straight Blade • Quill||$1.79||30||$53.70|
|Roaring Spring Composition Book 7-1/2x9-3/4" Wide Ruling, White, 100 Sheets/Pad • Quill||$1.52||130||$197.60|
|Westcott Acrylic Rulers 6" • Quill||$1.34||30||$40.20|
|Hunt X-Acto Heavy-Duty Paper Trimmers Wood, 15" Cutting Length • Quill||$59.39||1||$59.39|
|X-ACTO School Pro Electric Pencil Sharpener • Quill||$37.79||1||$37.79|
|Pacon Quadrille Ruled Graph Paper • Quill||$8.28||1||$8.28|
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