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Ms. Elliott from San Jose CA is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Math is More Than Worksheets!

My students need to view websites, graphics, and photos projected from a computer screen using an LCD projector to understand the fundamentals and relevance of math.

  • $746 goal

This project expired on May 4, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Picture a narrow, crowded classroom with the noisy hum and heat coming from the same model of overhead transparency projector that was being used in middle schools 15 years ago. "Today we'll be doing another worksheet..." These students need some excitement!

My sixth grade students are enrolled in what could be considered an "intensive care unit" middle school, focused on recruiting under performing fourth and fifth graders and implementing the intervention strategies needed to get them to grade level by high school.

Many of my students are English Language Learners and will potentially be the first in their families to go to college - in an area where almost half of high school graduates are not qualified to apply to college. Most of my students lack an understanding of the fundamentals of math (what it means to add, subtract, multiply, and divide) that will hold them back permanently if they are not allowed to rediscover for themselves basic number sense, problem-solving, and grade-level skills.

My Project

My students have 100 minutes each day to uncover fundamental principles of math missed during earlier years of schooling through discussions, drawings, basic manipulatives, and practice. We currently operate with only an overhead transparency projector, and students are missing out on graphics, pictures, and videos that can make complex concepts clear! An LCD projector would allow me to project computerized images, ranging from crisp slide shows to pictures and web-based math presentations. In addition, replacing the bulky, hot, old-fashioned overhead projector with an LCD projector would help create the modern and relevant classroom environment these students deserve.

Overall, as a result of years of poor performance in math, these students need to be persuaded that what they are being asked to learn is relevant and accessible.

An LCD projector would be a huge help in creating a math class where students are able and eager to learn. Thank you for considering this project!

Ms. Elliott
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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