"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin
My school is a magnet school in an urban city.
The magnet is for visual and performing arts. Our students are very talented when it comes to their elective areas but lack the skills needed to be successful, academically in math. I teach 8th grade Algebra and my students are scared of the math. It is my job to change their minds and show them they can be successful in their academics, as well as their electives.
I am in a low income school where students are labeled "at-risk" and are expected to be failures. I disagree with the idea of my hard-working, self motivated students being labeled because they have ALL the potential to achieve their dreams. Everyday I tell them they can accomplish ANYTHING they set their hearts and minds to!
Every student in math needs a math notebook. However, the students need to be taught how to take notes. In 8th grade math there are a lot of vocabulary, formulas, and graphing. Due to the difficulty of the curriculum we do many examples that the students must put in their notebooks. My students need colored pencils, markers, erasers, pencil sharpeners, highlighters, pens and a pencil pouch to hold them all together. They will use these items to highlight vocabulary words and formulas. They will use the colored pencils and markers for graphing and geometry.
By using these supplies my students can be more organized and work on making their math notebooks easy to reference and read.
These supplies help them solidify skills taught in math class.
When students take a more hands-on approach to their own learning, it will help to bridge the learning gap. When this occurs I will see more student success in my classroom. Thank you for your support.
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