Our students come from a variety of different economic backgrounds with over 50% of our students receiving free or reduced-priced lunch. Our school is also an ethnically diverse school in the Twin Cities with 50% minorities. We have a growing Somalian student population which has provided a wonderful addition to the diversity of our students. As diverse as our students are economically and culturally, they are diverse in their mathematical education needs.
Burnsville School District is a dynamic and innovative suburban public school district serving approximately 9,000 students.
In fact, the district’s innovation has attracted the attention of major corporations (Google and Best Buy) and national publications.
At BHS, we are focused on ensuring students are "Future Ready" when they graduate. We do that by encouraging them to explore their interests, find their passions and plan for their future success in careers and college.
The Pathways model at our school represents a sweeping change in how we encourage students to think about and plan for the BHS experience. A Pathway is basically a series of classes that students can take to help them follow their interests and prepare for the future.
The TI-84 graphing calculators are nice, but they are NOT a calculator that students can afford or and are not real world ready. TI-30XS MultiView calculators are affordable and real-world ready. Help me help my students learn to use these affordable and powerful calculators.
In my class, students learn how to use their cell phone calculators along with internet graphing calculator sites like Desmos.
But cell phones are not allowed on ACT and SAT tests. When a student leaves high school they lack the knowledge base of being able to use the powerful $20 calculator that the TI-30XS MultiView Calculator offers. Every one of my students can afford a TI-30XS; so they learn how to use the TI-30XS in high school and are able to buy one in the future for College or their career. The TI-30XS is also accepted on the ACT and SAT tests.
Giving low-income students access to new technology is an investment in their future.
These calculators along with Desmo allow students to tackle larger and more complex math problems, which will prepare them for college and future math problems. Let us not spend time learning how to use the $120 unaffordable TI-84 when they can learn a more realistic and affordable combination of TI-30XS and Desmo. Students will be ready for the future; and will be able to afford it.
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