Do you remember asking in math or science class, "What do we need to learn this for?" As a math teacher of students who need to improve their skills in math and science, the science teacher and I plan to integrate several projects between the two disciplines by looking at real-life problems.
99% of my students are African Americans and 85% come from a economically disadvantaged household.
About 5% of the students are students with disabilities. The school building is defined as high poverty status by federal standards. The school is a charter school in a large city in Ohio. Most of the students attending this school come from various parts of the intercity. Many students do not have basic school supplies like pencils and paper. The school and the teachers provide the students with supplies to use in class. Few students have scientific calculators to use.
The calculators that I would like to acquire for the school have user-friendly menus and will allow students to view multiple entries. Students will also be able to analyze statistical data for 1- and 2- variables. The calculator is not a graphing calculator but will allow students to investigate patterns similar to what a graphing calculator would do. Hopefully they will be exposed to a more complex calculator in high school if they have a good math and science background from middle school. Historically the percentage of African Americans in higher levels of mathematics and science is low compared to other ethnic groups due to the lack of skills taught in elementary and middle schools. My school would like to close the achievement gap in these areas. Students will learn not only why math and science is important but how they can have a career in an area they may not have had much exposure to earlier.
Donations will help increase the exposure of underprivileged children to technology required to ensure success in areas where historically few African American students have excelled.
Students will have a better understanding of why math and science is important in their lives and why they need to acquire this information rather than asking, "What do we need to learn this for"?Read More
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