But as a mom of a middle schooler, I can already tell you what the number two things on our back to school supply list will be: loose-leaf paper and BINDERS!! Omg, at the BINDERS!! A binder for every. freaking. subject! For the life of me, I can't understand why we can't have one binder with subject dividers! Alise's backpack weighs a ton!
I decided to put a twist on today's topic and pose this question: Should middle schoolers be allowed to use their cell phones as a calculator in math class? Including tests?
Alise came home from school after Christmas saying that she needed a calculator for math. I bought her one. She has a cell phone, but she keeps it in her backpack/locker since phones are not allowed during school time. I found out later in the year that some of her classmates were using their cell phones in math class and even on tests. The teacher was okay with the students using their phones in class (What the what?!). Alise said that one of the students was cheating on a math test by using their phone.
I'm not gonna lie. Math was a complete joke for us last year. We had two different teachers both semesters and it was just ridiculous. Alise hardly ever had homework and I just don't feel like she learned as much as she should have to prepare her for pre-algebra this year. I personally don't have a problem with kids using calculators in class, but I don't think they should be able to use their cell phones in math class.
From what I'm hearing about our math teacher this year, I don't think we'll have to worry about cell phones in math class! Ha!