Students should check a portion of COMPLETED homework with a calculator.

(1) Experience with a great mathematical tool
Students receive instruction without calculators but are also expected to be able to solve problems with a calculator. 

(2) Instant Feedback
It is helpful for students to have access to a calculator at home to check COMPLETED assignments (get instant feedback on work) and to use them to complete certain work (circumference, surface area, etc.) when permitted.

(3) PSSA & Advanced Math Classes
After students complete the first five questions of the PSSA, everyone is allowed to use a calculator for ALL of the math sections.
As students enter higher level algebra and geometry courses they will be expected to do calculations with the calculator (including graphing). Being comfortable with the tool now will make the transition to using it easier later on.

(4) Be careful!
Never become dependent on a tool that is "smarter" than you are.
Just because a machine can do a calculation faster than you, does NOT mean that it is smarter.
It is important to understand how to do long division and multiplication without using a tool.
However, once you truly know the process, it is good to move on to more complex concepts of math without having to do time consuming calculations that can be done more accurately and efficiently with the calculator.


Looking to purchase a calculator but don't know what to get?
Most calculators are fine for home use, but the TI-15 has a lot of great features.  It is one of the models we use in the classroom. The integer division key gives remainders, the screen shows problem with answer, and students can do PEMDAS and fraction calculations with this version. Check out the video on the right.