Walton Education Foundation

Math Maniacs
As an elementary school teacher, I am requesting the funds to purchase three (3) laptops (Dell Latitude 3189).
Given below is a brief description of the need for these devices:
According to current research, math instruction is proven to be more effective when taught in a small group setting. Students demonstrate a better understanding of content and standards when working in a small math group, as well as having the appropriate technology to implement programs to reinforce what was taught in the teacher-led group. Having additional laptops to create one-to-one technology for students as I work with a small group would be very beneficial during my math block: This would allow me (the teacher) to lead one small group for the allotted time and the technology to serve as a reinforcement of the state standards for the other group(s). Student interest and motivation has also been shown to increase when using technology.

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Math Maniacs

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School:
West Defuniak Elementary 
Subject:
STEM Education 
Teacher:
Carla Sconiers 
Students Impacted:
20 
Grade:
Date:
October 12, 2017

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CHELCO - $911.34

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 20

During the 2017-2018 school year, I was able to successfully implement math small groups. As I conducted a small group, other students were able to use technology to practice individual math skills and build fact fluency for addition and subtraction. This helped my students with engagement and with building their understanding of mathematics.

 

Two power standards that are ongoing throughout first grade include MAFS.1.NBT.1 (Extending the Counting Sequence) and MAFS.1.OA.3 (Adding and Subtracting within 20). At the beginning of the year (August 2017), 25% of my students were at/above proficiency for extending the counting sequence. For adding and subtracting within 20, 20% of my students were at/above proficiency at the beginning of the year. This data was collected from the first STAR Enterprise Math Assessment.  

 

Based on the final STAR Math Assessment (April 2018), students in my class had a much greater understanding and application of these standards. I feel that the implementation of math small groups and incorporation of technology on a regular basis helped students achieve this growth. For extending the counting sequence, 85% of my students scored at/above proficiency. For adding and subtracting within 20, 75% of my students scored at/above proficiency. 

 

The computer-based programs used to practice grade level standards and/or math facts include Compass Learning (Pathblazer) and XtraMath. Students were able to login to these programs and complete lessons/activities on a daily basis, due to the additional technology provided and funded by the Walton Education Foundation's grant program. Thank you! 

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A student is using Xtramath.org to practice additi

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Receipt of purchase

 

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Students using computers to practice math!

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

Math Maniacs
As an elementary school teacher, I am requesting the funds to purchase three (3) laptops (Dell Latitude 3189).
Given below is a brief description of the need for these devices:
According to current research, math instruction is proven to be more effective when taught in a small group setting. Students demonstrate a better understanding of content and standards when working in a small math group, as well as having the appropriate technology to implement programs to reinforce what was taught in the teacher-led group. Having additional laptops to create one-to-one technology for students as I work with a small group would be very beneficial during my math block: This would allow me (the teacher) to lead one small group for the allotted time and the technology to serve as a reinforcement of the state standards for the other group(s). Student interest and motivation has also been shown to increase when using technology.

 

 

What will be done with my students

Some of the programs my class uses for math include Compass Learning/Pathblazer, Zearn, and Xtramath. These programs allow students to practice grade level standards and/or math facts to build math fluency. Florida Standards MAFS.1.NBT.1 (extend the counting sequence) and MAFS.1.OA.3 (add and subtract within 20) are power standards for our grade level, which students continue to work on mastering throughout the school year. The Xtramath program specifically focuses on MAFS.1.OA.3. Compass Learning correlates to the students’ most recent performance on their STAR Math assessment (standardized, diagnostic test) and places their digital instruction at a level that is ideal for each individual student. Students will be working on these math programs during their small group math technology time.

My beginning of the year (August 2017) data indicated that 75% of my class is below proficiency for MAFS.1.NBT.1, and 80% of my class is below proficiency for MAFS.1.OA.3. I plan to increase my proficiency level by at least 50% for both standards/skills. This would put at least 75% of students on/above grade level for extending the counting sequence and 70% on/above grade level for adding and subtracting within 20.
The use of these funds to purchase laptops would be helpful not only in my math block, but to also advance students’ technological skills. Our school has more than 65% of students on free or reduced price lunch. In addition to this high poverty rate, the overall student math data of the current grade level was below proficiency by a large margin, entering this school year: At our school, we serve a lot of students who are in poverty and do not have exposure to the use of technology at home. According to the STAR Math Test, more than 50% of the entire grade level entered first grade below proficiency level in math. I feel that implementing small group math instruction, with the incorporation of technology, would greatly benefit this group of learners and those in the future.
My current students are made up of 10 girls and 10 boys. Within this group of learners, I have 5 ELLs (English Language Learners) and 4 repeaters. Receiving these devices would impact all 20 students in my class this year, because students would be rotating within the small groups to use the technology. I plan to continue implementing math small groups in the years to come; so, all of my future classes/students will also benefit from these devices. Class sizes in years to come may vary between 18-21 students, per year.
 

 

Benefits to my students

Student data will be evaluated using the STAR Math assessment, which is given 4 times per year. Since my focus is on the two math standards mentioned above, I will analyze the state standards report from STAR at each of our testing periods. I expect my students to have increased by the 50% proficiency on the final test, in April. Student conferences will be held between each test to make students aware of the progress they have made each time. The students and I will be accountable for attaining these math goals throughout the school year.  

 

Budget Narrative

Total Budget= $911.34 + shipping
Three approved laptops (style Dell Latitude 3189) have been requested to implement additional math practice and instruction. These laptops can be purchased through the district for $303.78 each, totaling $911.34. Shipping costs would be added to this total.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Dell Latitude 3189 $303.78
2 Dell Latitude 3189 $303.78
3 Dell Latitude 3189 $303.78
  Total: $911.34

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