My students attend a Title 1 school located in Newark, New Jersey. Most of their peers in middle and upper class neighborhoods in surrounding areas have state-of-the-art Smartboards, while my students in 9th grade algebra have nothing more than an old black board and chalk.
My students are phenomenal.
Although most of them come into high school behind grade level, they are all focused to work hard and do whatever it takes to become strong in math. Many of my students are very talented, and most of them are involved in at least one extracurricular activity, including soccer and drama. I can see the passion and energy in my students eyes, and I want to give them the best tools available to help them succeed.
The projector will allow me to tie in higher-level conceptual and theoretical math to things in their world (real-world applications) that they are far more familiar with. The projector will allow me to use programs such as PowerPoint and websites to engage them in the content like they never have before. The projector will also allow me to make lessons more interesting by including interactive media and technology to drive instruction.
To me, this project is so important because I feel that it is essential that our students are taught using the best methods possible.
In this age when every student has a phone, iPod and computer by middle school, they use technology daily; it is hard for them to stay focused in a class that doesn't use all of the technology that they are used to experiencing every single day. This projector will help get my kids back on grade level at a faster rate, and inspire them like never before.
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