Currently our department budget does not allow for any classroom "wants". We have many students who struggle to understand the necessary mathematics concepts in order to acheive mastery on the state assessments. With the use of manipulatives, students are able to explore and understand these ideas much easier. Simple materials such as chart paper, graph paper, colored pencils, and AAA batteries for calculators would make it easier for the students to apply their new knowledge during the linear geometry and graphing units. Fraction circles, Equivalency Cubes, and Cuisinere Rods would help students understand fractions. Manipulatives would greatly enrich the math lessons being taught in my classroom and allow my students to become more compentent with their math skills.
We also have computer technology courses taught at all grade levels. Students need a flash drive to save their work from all of their classes. Many students cannot afford to purchase a flash drive and fall behind in their work since they cannot save it.