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Ms. Thibodeaux from Chauvin LA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Money in the Bank!

Help me give my students Texas Instruments TI-108 calculators that they will be able to use with their personal finance project and other class Math activities.

  • $264 goal

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My Students

My students are typical 7th graders who are always full of questions! They love completing projects and activities when technology is involved. They come to school each day ready to learn and grow both personally and academically. They are my guiding light!

Our school is located in bayou country in southeastern Louisiana, which once supported oilfield production in the Gulf of Mexico.

Now, with many oilfield related companies leaving the area, our families often struggle to find employment.

Although the method may vary, each of my students loves learning. We utilize a variety of learning strategies, group work, and learning options to ensure that each student's needs are met, right where they are! They are undoubtedly an extraordinary group, and I am blessed and grateful to have a new group of students who are eager and ready to learn each year!

They are dauntless when it comes to technology and, as children of the 21st century, they need to be prepared to use a variety of tools to engage their world.

My Project

The use of calculators is almost a daily activity in my classroom, especially in math. Some students may ask to borrow a calculator to check their work when they are unsure of their calculations while others have learning deficits that require calculator use. Unfortunately, I have a limited number of functioning calculators in my classroom. We really need a class set for our "Money in the Bank" project.

Our "Money in the Bank" project will be an ongoing project which will introduce students to personal finance.

My students will maintain their own mock checking accounts. When students enter class they will write checks to pay monthly or weekly bills and random expenses. Students will also be randomly assigned a job in which a high school diploma is the minimum educational requirement. As the year progresses, students will obtain new jobs that require different levels of education. Attempts have been made to make the salaries as realistic as possible based on the level of education.

By donating to our project, you will not only help to improve and increase student attention and focus, but you will also ultimately help to increase their academic achievement. Math is tedious and might not be everyone’s favorite subject. Calculators help make it more enjoyable for students. Students will be able to complete a set of problems and then check to see if they’ve gotten them right on their calculator. Calculators are great for this purpose; if both answers don’t line up students can go back and re-check their work to see where they may have gone wrong. Calculators are immensely valuable for validating work. My students will learn that calculators are helpful tools that students can turn to for help, not just fast answers.

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

This project will reach 100 students.

6 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Texas Instruments TI-108 Teacher Kit TI-108TK 8-Digit Desktop Calculator, Blue • Staples Advantage $46.38 3 $139.14
TI Storage Caddy for Select Fraction Calculators, Yellow (XX/KT/CC2/A) • Staples Advantage $12.16 3 $36.48

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