#GivingTuesday: Miss K’s Sensory Implementation Project

Help KDP fund a Classroom Teacher Grant for “Miss K’s Sensory Implementation Project”, a Classroom Project by Kathryn Zimmerman. She teaches 6th – 8th grade and has 1 year of teaching experience.

image_zimmerman-kathryn-1Application for Funding:

My name is Kathryn Zimmerman and I have been a member of Kappa Delta Pi for about four years now. I have been actively involved within my chapter for my entire college career. I graduated from Fitchburg State University this past May. I am so happy to say that I will be the Student Support Center Special Education Teacher for 17 students with behavioral challenges in Samoset Middle School from grades 6-8. My classroom serves as a “retreat” for students who feel the need to leave the typical educational classrooms when they feel they need to because of behavioral challenges. The whole goal of my classroom is to provide a safe, comfortable, and educationally stimulating environment for students. I am so excited about beginning my career as a special educator and making lifelong education connections with my staff and students.

image_zimmerman-kathryn-2I walked into my classroom, ready to take on the world, but my classroom was empty, besides a few chairs and desks. As any educator knows, students will not thrive in a cold, empty classroom. As a recent college graduate, I have little to no extra money to spend on my classroom. I have already invested a bit of my own money I have made this summer to purchase sensory items, basic classroom tools such as pencils, markers, crayons, paper, and glue, and two sensory chairs. My students need so many more basic classroom materials, as well as sensory materials in order for them to succeed. Many of my students carry a lot of emotional baggage that stems from home which makes walking into school every day extremely hard for them. I strive to create a classroom that surrounds them will safety, security, comfort, and educational simulation. With the help of Kappa Delta Pi, I will be able to provide my students, not only calming physical items, but emotional stability that comes with a secure and comfortable environment.

How the $150 would be spent:

Our classroom will utilize the generous donation from Kappa Delta Pi by implementing a water play table for different sensory items such as water beads, oatmeal, and other allergy safe items. We will also utilize the chalkboard decals to personalize our classroom. I strive to provide a classroom that will make each and every student feel welcomed and a part of. One method, and my goals, of executing this goal are to have each student contribute to their classroom and make it their own by way of decorating. I have also requested tennis balls to put on the bottoms of my classroom chairs because some of my students have auditory processing disorders and the scraping of the chairs distracts them. Lastly, I requested for a light up flex ball so that I can have a balance of different auditory, visual, and kinesthetic sensory items for my students.

Learn more about KDP Classroom Teacher Grants.

Read about our #GivingTuesday campaign. Every dollar given to KDP through Tuesday will go directly into the hands of an educator.

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