I am a 6th grade Math teacher in the very diverse district of Manchester, New Hampshire. My students are 6th graders in an urban school district with a heavy refugee and immigrant population. There are over 70 languages spoken at our school.
Recently, our city has been hit hard by the opioid crisis.
Our schools operate with less and less every year, meanwhile, the needs of our student population continue to increase. We face more and more challenges each year.
Even with these challenges, these students display such grit and determination. They are so joyful and hopeful. Middle school is tough for everybody. Five elementary schools merge together and these children must learn to make new friends, embrace diversity, and conquer new academic challenges. I want to give my students the same opportunities and resources as those provided by surrounding school districts.
"It's not like I'm ever going to use this!....." As a math teacher, I hear this far too often. But we use math every day - to plan, to cook, to build, to finance, to play, TO LIVE! Providing real-world situations for students to connect my math lessons to their own lives is one of my main goals. I want them to experience what they have been learning.
The chance for students to experience these lessons in a thrilling environment would be the Math and Science lesson of a lifetime!
To feel the rush of a coaster or the force of the Turkish Twist and to understand and explain how and why it happens would create the perfect cumulative activity. It could never be duplicated in a classroom. I want to give my students, many of whom have never been to an amusement park, a chance to celebrate what they have learned this year.
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