I teach Kindergarten at a Title I school in California. My school is a large, urban public charter school operating within LAUSD, serving grades Pre-K through 12.
My students are bright, energetic and resourceful, and they are the reason I look forward to coming to work every day.
My school has a 99% minority enrollment and of those students, 97% are economically disadvantaged. Just in my class, I have students that are without homes and students that live in multiple family dwellings. Yet, my students come to school with a smile on their face, ready to learn every single day. My little learners are truly amazing!
I have requested materials that my students can use during both direct math instruction and centers. My current math curriculum comes with a small amount linking cubes and counters. Unfortunately, there are not enough for each child to have their own set to use whenever they need.
My ultimate goal is to enhance my students' math experience through hands-on learning.
I want my students to be moving manipulatives around and building addition and subtraction sentences every day. My little learners need more opportunities to learn math by doing (rather than by watching or copying).
I have asked for magnetic geometry tiles to use during our long geometry unit later in the year. Simply showing my students posters of shapes is not enough. They need to feel the sides and sharp edges of different shapes and practice building new shapes out of existing shapes. The spinners, dice, and dry erase markers will be used to play math games during centers. The magnetic ten frames will give my students opportunities to practice addition and subtraction by moving around the magnetic counters. It is my hope that by supplementing the curriculum with games, experiences, and hands-on activities, my mathematicians will succeed in today's competitive STEM workforce!
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