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Ms. Lam from Memphis TN is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Make High School Math Colorful and Playful!

My students need Pentominoes (think Blokus tiles, if you've played before!) and Rubik's cubes to explore, play with, and deepen their understanding of spatial geometry in a visual, tactile, and creative way.

  • $315 goal

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My Students

My students and their families have a strong sense of pride in a historic, neighborhood school, which has educated generations of community members. 94% are classified as economically disadvantaged. With support from the district and a great leadership team, my school's math teachers are collaborating across grades and across content areas to strengthen student achievement and prepare our students for success in college and careers. Since 2013, the average math ACT score for our students has grown from 15 to 16; with your help, we hope to reach 20 by 2020.

My students work incredibly hard; they work jobs late at night, take care of their siblings and cousins, take responsibility for finding their own transportation to and from school, lead extra-curricular sports and clubs, and show up every day ready to engage in math content.

They deserve a high quality education in a safe, welcoming classroom to strengthen their mathematical problem solving, address their specific skill gaps in rigorous math concepts, and raise their ACT scores.

My Project

I regularly tell my students that the math we're doing (Geometry and Algebra 2) will help them think more critically and creatively, and help them develop strong problem-solving skills, but many of my students think this only applies to tests in my class or on high-stakes standardized tests.

I want to open up the world of mathematics to my students and help them envision a math that is playful, creative, and fun.

These Rubik's cubes and Pentominoes will be used by 160 of my students to help them investigate, discover patterns, make mistakes, and solve problems in a way that deepens their sense of logic and their understanding of higher-level mathematics.

Ms. Lam
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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The Amazing Smart Cube [IQ Tester] 3x3 Magic Speed Cube - Anti Stress for Anti-anxiety Adults Kids - Best High Speed Puzzle Toy Turns Quicker and More Precisely • Amazon Business $6.99 22 $153.78
ETA hand2mind 319 ManipuLite Pentominoes Set • Amazon Business $22.99 3 $68.97
Magnetic Whiteboard Eraser Set - Premium 4 Color Pack - For Dry Erase Pens And Markers - Strong Magnet Sticks To All Dry-erase White Boards - 4 x 2.3 x 0.8 " - Cleaner For Home, School And Office • Amazon Business $10.97 1 $10.97

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