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Ms. Valentine from Northlake IL is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Professional development

Real-World Math for Students With Special Needs

I need to attend this webinar and utilize these math materials to equip my students with individualized math learning opportunities in class.

  • $189 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are intuitive investigators, detail-oriented leaders, and caring friends in our classroom community. They are learners in a Life Skills-based special education classroom. These students with low-incidence disabilities have the heart that makes our classroom culture so strong and supportive of everyone in it.

A typical day in the life of one of our students is focused on building independence, social-emotional learning, and applying preferences to future planning.

We focus on applied academics so Math class has us using measuring cups, counting stocked items, discussing temperature, using money in the community, reading the clock, and graphing simple data. In English class, we read stories about current issues and events going on in the world. We focus on emerging language and discuss important sight words present in our communities. In science, we have been focusing on adapted sexual education, hygiene, life cycles, and pollution's impact on Earth. We also focus on understanding ourselves and the world around us. We practice personal information, reflect on our preferences, complete self-care activities or exercise. We communicate with friends and promote inclusion. Finally, we tie it all together with our current events group, vocational training, cooking, and community-based instruction.

My Project

Through this project, I hope to gain resources to help differentiate instruction in my math class. We focus on a different topic each day that is connected to the Dynamic Learning Maps standards for high school students.

This webinar with equip me with math apps to provide students with individualized instruction and ways to track individual progress.

I look forward to transforming my classroom next school year to one where students have a variety of different groupings they will learn in. I look forward to using applications to help students utilize technology in meaningful ways that support their individual needs in the area of mathematics.

With the additional materials, I look forward to researching ways over the summer that I can integrate them into this new instructional model within my classroom. The cash register will be something I can utilize when students are performing vocational activities, focusing on addition, applying coupons or discounts, and preparing for the payment routine in a store setting. I look forward to discovering ways I can utilize the place value set in helping students further their understanding of 1:1 correspondence and support their understanding of written math expressions through the use of manipulatives.

I look forward to using this time away from my students, due to the coronavirus, to prepare my classroom for engaging and energetic learning starting the second we return!

Ms. Valentine
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Component Company Total
Activity Closing the Gap: Emergent Mathematics Webinar $55.00
Learning Resources Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register, Classic Counting Toy, 73 Pieces, Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $38.66 1 $38.66
hand2mind Blue Plastic Base Ten Blocks For Kids Ages 8-11, Base 10 Units, Rods, Flats, Cube, And Activity Book, Learn Place Value, Number Concepts, And Counting, Homeschool Math Supplies (Set of 161) • Amazon Business $34.49 1 $34.49

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