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These Kids Need Calculators!

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November 12, 2012

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I teach some of the funniest, enthusiastic and lively 9th graders Integrated Algebra in a New York City public school. At the end of this year they need to take the Integrated Algebra Regents Exam, which is a test that they need to pass in order to graduate. They are allowed to use graphing calculators on this test.
Currently, however, we have about 12 of these: http://education.ti.com/educationportal/sites/US/productDetail/us_ti108.html

But each kid deserves access to their own TI 83+ at least: http://education.ti.com/educationportal/sites/US/productDetail/us_ti83p.html

Our school does not have funding for these, but without these calculators soon, students will not be familiar with the functionality and be set at a severe disadvantage on the Regents. A graphing calculator makes the difference of three to five minutes per graph to twenty seconds per graph, which will allow students to focus on conceptual understanding instead of tedious calculations. From our next unit until the end of the year, students will be expected to graph equations and understand the relationships between different types of equations. Having the technology to support them will give them so much freedom to experiment with equations and make their own claims and observations about math. Calculators also allow students with anxiety around negative numbers and fractions to experience higher level mathematics, which is where all of the cool things happen!

We are fundraising to get two class sets of calculators so that each student has the ability, freedom and independence to experience math that is rich and challenging.

We want 6 of these: http://www.copcoinc.com/products/-83-lus-eacher-it.htm



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