I teach math to approximately 100 sixth-grade students at a K-8 center in South Florida. Most of my students come from low-income households and speak a language other than English at home. Do you remember, when you were beginning middle school, that a lot of your Math lessons were about x and y graphs? You learned how to plot different co-ordinates. Gradually, the graphs that you made became more and more complex. You might remember drawing a graph on the board to show your answer to a Math puzzle.
The dry erase paddles should liven up graphing classes: instead of one student plodding up to the board to share their answer, each student can plot a graph on their paddle and then instantly share their work with group members / with the whole class.
You can imagine how this resource will liven up graphing class. Anything hands-on increases student interest. Kids will be able to compare their work more easily. We can also have fun, inter-group competitions. Think of me saying "Everyone share their answer to this question....put your markers down and raise your paddles 3-2-1...NOW!". Additionally, the paddles can be used to teach other subjects besides graphing because while one side of the paddle is marked like graphing paper, the other side is blank. These paddles, dry erase markers, and cloths are simple but very effective resources that my Math classes will use again and again. Please help us purchase them!
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