My students walk into class each morning with excitement, eager to learn and ready for any new challenges that faces them. We spend a lot of time talking about having a growth mindset and the importance of challenging your brain with new tasks. This has fostered in my students, a belief that if something is hard, it doesn't mean they can't do it, they just can't do it yet.
I teach at a Title One school in Salt Lake City that focuses on academic achievement and has been recognized as the top Title One school in the district.
We are a neighborhood school. Most of our students and their families walk to and from school each day.
Ninety-seven percent of the students at our school qualify for free or reduced price lunch, and about sixty percent of students are English Language Learners. Many students are living in poverty and for some, coming to school is part of their first experience in America. In spite of these challenges, students at our school are some of the most passionate, engaged and intelligent learners I've ever worked with.
My students need one full size iPad with the interactive pen and case to be used during group projects throughout the year in both math and language arts. Throughout the year, students who have mastered a specific skill have the opportunity to extend their learning through student-directed group projects. In order to organize their thoughts, collect information and create visuals to share their findings, my students need an iPad Pro, case, and interactive pen.
One project students will use this resource for is a graphing project during our data unit in math.
Students pick something they are interested in - number of mugs in teacher's classrooms, number of chairs, average length of pencils - and collect information using math tools like ruler. Students then have the opportunity to show what they know about graphing by choosing how to display the information they collected. After displaying the data, students analyze the information and present their findings to the class. Having access to the iPad would give students a chance to be prepared for a digital world, presenting their information and displaying their data in digital programs.
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