My students need 30 individual white boards to practice working out Algebra problems.
8th Grade Students taking Algebra - what a challenge! If students can have more in class practice with their teacher, concepts are more easily understood. These new white boards will allow students to work individually and get immediate feedback - something we all can appreciate!
Our school is in California, and my students come from diverse backgrounds.
Our biggest obstacle is that we have almost 80% of our students on free and reduced lunch, and they do not have the resources at home to support their learning. We try to learn topics in a variety of ways so that all students can understand the Algebra topics being presented - which can be difficult since most students cannot think in the abstract nor have had the life experiences to extrapolate from. They are all terrific, hard-working and exceptional - and I give them my best each and every day.
Right now, we have smaller boards which do not allow them space to work. They love using them as they get immediate feedback on what they are working on. We take a topic, break it down, and then practice with whiteboards to see if everyone understands the topic. It helps me, the teacher, see right away who understands and who doesn't. It helps me to group students together to have those students who understand what is happening help "teach" those who are not. Immediate feedback is the key - in order to keep students engaged in the learning, we (the teachers) need to provide immediate feedback so that they can realize if they are on the right track. With help from a Chevron teacher grant, I can bring these new boards into my classroom to use in future lessons as the equations get more complicated.
All I can say is that this will help my students a great deal.
Actual practice is always the best. I tell my students that when Shaquille O'Neal couldn't make a free throw in the early part of his basketball career, he had to go out and practice until he could do them on a regular basis. That is what helps a student learn - practice and perseverance. I am hopeful that my project will be fulfilled as it will make a difference in my students' lives.
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|Magnetic Whiteboard, 11 x 15 in, pk 15 • Carolina Biological Supply Company||$113.95||2||$227.90|
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