I teach second grade in a high poverty school. I have approximately 30 children, but this number changes weekly. This year, with budget cuts, we have less supplies than usual and I simply can't ask the parents to buy anything extra.
Using small white boards has become very popular with students and they love working on them. I have plenty of little white boards to use with the children, but no dry erase markers. This is the first year in many years that I am unable to start my daily math lesson with the slates and markers. The children remember using them in first grade and ask me everyday when will we get markers? They miss working with them terribly.
As a teacher of such a large group of students, it is very difficult to get to each and everyone. We have no assistants and parents don't usually volunteer in my school. Therefore, I have to do everything in my power to make sure my children are doing the best that they can. In the past I have started every math lesson off with all of the children sitting on a rug directly in front of me. They each would have their markers and white boards. I'd ask a math question and they would write the answer. I have a special routine. I give the question and then I say: "Think about it, write it, hide it, show it!" They just love it and that way I get to see who knows their facts and who doesn't. This year I've not been able to do that and I feel I don't know their math skills as well as I should. With each child having an assortment of colors, we would be able to use different colors for different types of problems, which would help them even more. The children always are so much more motivated with any little gimmick. Red for addition, blue for subtraction, etc. etc., would be just the quick gimmick I'd need to get my students doing better and better!
Your help would surely ensure that my students would get the extra practice that they so need. Our school has not made AYP in a few years and our principal is pushing for us to make it this year. We give so much more time towards literacy and not enough towards math. As I already said, 30 children and one teacher is very difficult. With 30 children, I have at least 10 different math levels. Also working with the slates and markers cuts down on worksheets and is good for the environment. We talk a lot in my class about "Going green!" What a good example to set for my students: LET'S GO GREEN AND DO SOME MATH ALONG THE WAY!! I CAN JUST HEAR THEM NOW, "MORE MATH, PLEASE!"
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