The majority of our students do not have the means to purchase books and supplementary materials such as calculators, binder paper and other mathematical & scientific items. My students have a diverse background living in the Ravenswoods community located at the border of East Palo Alto, California, and Menlo Park, California, near the Facebook Campus and the Ravenswoods Open Space Preserve.
Nonetheless, my students have dreams to succeed.
This success will lead them to learn their core subjects of English, Math, Science, and History, helping their families, and reaching their full potential. With your help, we can acquire the tools and skills to reach those goals. Many of the most in-demand 21st-century jobs are in the physical sciences. My students need access to the scientific knowledge and experiences that will enable them to take AP math and science classes in high school, be accepted into top universities, and contribute to the scientific discoveries of the future.
These materials will make a difference in my students learning by adding the real world applications to mathematics and answer the standard question that many students ask: "When are we going to use in the real world?"
By accessing many mathematical games, students will use their math skills that they have relearned and/or been introduced to by playing fun and educational games that focus on those real world applications and skills.
Many educators contend that children must go beyond memorizing rules—they need to know when and how to apply the rules in real-world situations. Many also argue that realistic problems can serve as a powerful motivator in the mathematics classroom. They go on to conclude that the curriculum should consist of real-world problems because students will naturally learn mathematics by solving such problems.
The basics are changing. Arithmetic skills, although important, are no longer enough. To succeed in tomorrow’s world, students must understand algebra, geometry, statistics, and probability. Business and industry demand workers who can-
solve real world problems
explain their thinking to others
identify and analyze trends from data, and
use modern technology.
The mathematics students do in school should prepare them for the new basic skills necessary for their futures.
Instead of problems done with no context using worksheets, dittos, and workbook pages, students should be working on problems to investigate that are related to real life, such as investigating salaries, life expectancy, and fair decisions, for example.
Giving students opportunities to learn real math maximizes their future options.
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