My students need 4 mini iPads, cases and chargers to allow them to access the Internet for a variety of math e-tools.
Kids come to math loving it, afraid of it or hating it. As a math teacher, it's my goal to make math fun, tangible and loved by all. I implement technology as frequently as possible but could enhance the curriculum through the use of daily math sites designed to reteach and enhance learning.
I teach 6th graders at our middle school.
Our school is submersed in the community and encourage students to take ownership of their learning. This year's group of students are motivated learners who have a strong desire to perform to their highest potential. My first classes of the day consist of 23 and 18 students. More than 80% of them are not meeting grade level standards (according to FCAT). Not only do these students work hard in class, complete their homework and ask great questions, but 12 of them come in 2 to 4 days a before school for additional tutoring (30 minutes each session). Many more of them stay after school every Wednesday for extra help.
I am happy to donate my mornings tutoring this diverse group of students which include a variety of exceptionalities such as: learning disabilities, autism, language impairments and other health impairments. Despite their challenges in math, they go above and beyond daily to improve their skills.
The mini iPads, cases and chargers would be used daily in my before school, voluntary tutorial program. Students will be assigned specific task to address their need, whether it's problem solving or computation. This would allow me to work more intensely with others while a few are engaged.
In addition to the before school tutoring, they would be used daily in the intensive math class to individualize lessons and provide reteaching opportunities in a variety of ways. iPads offer a great program which allows students to show their work on the iPad, film it, take pictures of it, print is, etc....Students would be able to provide assistance to other students who struggle by providing peer tutoring, taking notes on line, etc.
iPads also offer the ability to assign specific task to individuals through on-line math programs. The teacher and students can set up email alerts to keep each other informed of progress and needs.
As we move further into the technology era, students must be familiar with numerous functional programs.
Students must become proficient in word, power point presentations, the use of applications and how they can use technology to enhance their academics. By providing this technology daily, my students would have the hands-on availability to complete projects using a variety of programs and ultimately becoming more prepared for the work force.
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