Our school is located in central Connecticut, and is comprised of over 1600 energetic students. My students this year are learning the ins and outs of Algebra 2 as a 10th grade student. The students in our school district all receive free lunch as we are a low-income/high poverty school district. This has an influence over the resources they have access to while at home and at school.
My students are hardworking, caring, and enthusiastic learners who do their best each and every day.
It has been a year of them pushing themselves to master the challenging content all while being able to get to know their individual spirited personalities. They have spent this year working in groups while persevering and problem solving and expanding their mathematical knowledge of functions! I love my job and my students bring a joy to my life each and every day.
My ultimate goal is to have seven whiteboard tables in my classroom to promote group collaboration while exploring the concepts in Algebra 2.
These whiteboard tables will get me close to reaching my goal!
The tables will serve two main purposes. First, having students work in groups helps strengthen their ability to talk about the math. Being able to talk about math helps support their understanding of the content rather than just memorizing a procedure. Having the whiteboard already in front of them saves some time from passing out supplies and helps maintain a structured classroom environment.
Secondly, these are not just any tables, but are whiteboard tables. Often students lack the confidence to make an attempt at a math problem they are not familiar with and as a result sometimes take a back seat and wait it out without trying it for themselves. By using a whiteboard table, data shows students are more willing to make an attempt at a problem and take a risk because it is less permanent. If they do make an error they can quickly erase it like it never happened and try again.
I will also be able to circulate the room while students are working in groups and add ideas or questions to the group on the table itself to prompt their thinking. It makes the math more accessible and overall my goal is to help boost their confidence and not be afraid to give the math a try. Plus it just adds some fun to math class!
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