My students need binders and dividers to organize their math work and learn to keep track of their own growth and progress.
Walking up and down the aisles of school supplies in late August filled with dreams about what the new school year would bring used to be my favorite way to prepare to go back to school. But for my students, school supplies are a luxury that most cannot afford.
Many of my students come from low-income households or live below the poverty line.
They live in a school district that is fighting to raise test scores and provide them with the education they need to reach their full potential as scholars and future leaders, scientists and teachers. Historically, the district has scored around 21% proficiency on standardized tests, over 60 percentage points lower than a wealthier district less than six miles away. Our students' zip codes should not be the main determiner in their academic success.
By equipping each of my students with his or her own math binder and dividers, my students can learn and practice organizational skills by keeping all of their math work in one place. In addition, each binder will contain an individual growth tracker where students will learn to record their grades and monitor their own progress, increasing the ownership they feel over their own learning.
These skills will not only help my students to succeed in math class, but can also be transferred to their other classes, through college and into their adult lives.
By helping students to organize their work and track their growth, we can empower them to pursue and reach high goals, as leaders in their own education and in their communities.
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