#GivingTuesday: Multicultural Literature

Help KDP fund a Classroom Teacher Grant for “Multicultural Literature”, a Classroom Manipulatives project by Elizabeth Exo. She teaches 2nd grade and has 4 years of teaching experience.

image_exo-elizabeth-1Application for Funding:

As a bilingual educator, I am constantly looking for ways to give my bilingual students enriching, multicultural experiences with literature. My students come from low socioeconomic backgrounds, where literacy is not always a daily part of their home life. Thus, in school I make it my mission to give them the best opportunities to read high quality, multicultural literature. Additionally, as a bilingual educator, I often find it difficult to find enough Spanish literature at an affordable price.

How the $150 would be spent:

I will spend the $150 on high quality, multicultural children’s literature to be used in the classroom library.

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#GivingTuesday: Technology for Talented 3rd Graders

Help KDP fund a Classroom Teacher Grant for “Technology for Talented 3rd Graders”, a Classroom Manipulatives project by Stephanie Cancglin. She teaches 3rd grade and has 3 years of teaching experience.

image_cancglin-stephanie-1Application for Funding:

Students will use these Chromebooks to amplify our learning by infusing it with technology at many points throughout our school day. For example, students will utilize Google Classroom to gather group research, collaborate across projects and peer edit writing. Students will use the Chromebooks to create visuals for data collection, improve our literacy skills by reading online articles, and enhance their skills at composing writing responses on the computer.

image_cancglin-stephanie-2My students are expected to take the PARCC test at the end of 3rd grade. On this test, students must read passages and stories on the screen. Then, students must compose articulate written responses to their reading. These Chromebooks will allow my students to practice these imperative skills all year long.

How the $150 would be spent:

The $150 grant would be used to purchase one Lenovo IdeaPad. This chromebook, plus the donation through DonorsChoose, will be the driving force needed for my goal of a 1:1 device to student ratio to be reached in my 3rd grade classroom. The grant will allow my students to become successful in the 21st century.

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#GivingTuesday: Chemical Manipulatives Models

Help KDP fund a Classroom Teacher Grant for “Chemical Manipulatives Models”, a Classroom Manipulatives project by Arthur Scott. He teaches 10th – 12th grade and has 1 year of teaching experience.

Application for Funding:

image_scott-arthur-1I teach in a Title I school in Memphis TN. I teach 5 classes of chemistry and 1 of physics for about 160 students total. My kids do not learn the material by rote memory or looking at white board notes. My students learn by tactile and visual simulation to capture the concepts. I teach from a cognitive constructivist approach. I require them to learn the concepts rather than random facts. Some of the most important tools that I use in this approach are models and manipulatives. I can 3D draw these on my smartboard to meet the visual approach of my students but if I had models that my students could handle it would meet the tactile needs of my students. I find it difficult to teach the molecular concept to my students without these types of manipulatives.

How the $150 would be spent:

I will deposit these funds into my school account and generate a School PO from Flinn Scientific to order the models.

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#GivingTuesday: Fidgets and Wiggle Seats to Assist Students with ADHD & Anxiety

Help KDP fund a Classroom Teacher Grant for “Fidgets and Wiggle Seats to Assist Students with ADHD & Anxiety”, a Classroom Manipulatives project by Sarah Pence. She teaches 4th grade and has 5 years of teaching experience.

Application for Funding:

image_pence-sarah-1This grant would allow me to purchase more fidgets and a wiggle seat for my classroom. I currently have one seat like this in my class and the kids love it! It allows them to wiggle and rock in their seat while they focus in on their learning.

I have 11 students who deal with ADHD (hyperactive or inattentive types), general inattentiveness, or anxiety. Have an extra wiggle seat (Hokki Stool) available to share among the students would allow more students to have seating that meets their need to be active. Also, having more than the 4 fidgets I currently have will give children choice in what tool may help them keep their hands busy but brain alert, or what may help them relax and reduce stress or anxiety in the classroom.

How the $150 would be spent:

image_pence-sarah-2I will spend $124 on the Hokki Stool (purchased from Amazon.com). The remaining $26 will be used to purchase fidgets such as putty, stress balls, and chewy pencil toppers to help students with ADHD and anxiety; I have several students who chew on their shirts or pencils when they are nervous or anxious. It will be a healthier outlet for them to use the fidgets to combat stress and keep their hands or mouths busy in a safe way. (See https://www.therapyshoppe.com/category/1051-fidget-toys-calming-fidgets-stress-sensory-balls-quiet-focus-toys for an example of the types of fidgets I will buy.)

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#GivingTuesday: Preschool Special Education Home Visit Early Language and Literacy Activity Bags

Help KDP fund a Classroom Teacher Grant for “Preschool Special Education Home Visit Early Language and Literacy Activity Bags”, a Student Outreach Support project by Rachel Sargeant. She teaches Presschool and has 7 years of teaching experience.

image_sargeant-rachel-1Application for Funding:

Activity bags will extend learning into the home. Each week I work with my 2 year old special education students in my classroom and in their home as well as places in the community.

image_sargeant-rachel-2All of my students are working on building their engagement with the activities and also their speech and language goals. I work directly with the families to help coach them on how to create opportunities to work in the home on their child’s goals.

image_sargeant-rachel-3I am planning seasonal activity bags that will rotate with all of the families and provide learning opportunities to have materials that they might not have access to.

image_sargeant-rachel-4I create an activity page which gives examples of how to use the activity materials to encourage language and different ways the families can ask the students questions, build their language, and build their child’s play skills and interaction.

How the $150 would be spent:

The money will be spent on creating materials such as miniature items that are associated with books, laminated pictures that can be used with finger puppets or a board to tell nursery rhymes, and felt character pieces to go on finger puppet gloves. These materials will help make the experience of reading more interactive and engaging for the young students and will be designed for easy use by the families.

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#GivingTuesday: Document Camera

Help KDP fund a Classroom Teacher Grant for “Document Camera”, a Classroom Manipulatives project by Brittany Beard. She teaches 6th and 7th grade and has 2 years of teaching experience.

Application for Funding:

Alliance Christine O’Donovan Middle Academy, or COMA, is a middle school in Los Angeles, California. COMA is one of 28 schools in the Alliance College-Ready Public Schools charter organization, which serves nearly 11,500 low-income students. The demographics of COMA necessitate a wide range of programs to meet the needs of our students. 98% of our school is socially disadvantaged youth, with more than 16% English Language Learners and 8% of students with disabilities. As a seventh grade English-Language Arts teacher at COMA, I am attempting to get a document camera for my classroom.

Although considered a Title I school, Christine O’Donovan Middle Academy prides itself on being a technology school, with an emphasis on the Common Core State Standards. Each classroom is equipped with a cart of 32 laptops and/or iPads for each student. Classes are taught in two-hour blocks, using the Blended Model station structure. With a maximum of 32 students in a classroom, I am able to teach 16 students in a small collaborative setting at a time. With the current technology in my classroom, students are unable to fully participate in the lesson, unless it’s on the whiteboard, which is time-consuming to repeatedly set up and erase. Even with all of the tools to help the learning process, students are unable to take complete ownership of their learning without a document camera, which, I believe, will increase their retention and instill a sense of pride in their work.

I am a firm believer that the growth mindset is an important key to success. Growth mindset is the belief that students are in control of their ability to learn and succeed. Since the first day of school, I have always repeated that I believe in my students and how much they are loved and respected. Though many students are considered “disadvantaged”, it does not mean that they are incapable of success. This proposal will provide an opportunity for students to take ownership in the lesson and equipment. Having a document camera will make students feel a sense of ownership in the equipment and lesson because students will respect the technology and take pride in the tool that allows them to display their work proudly in front of their peers.

As an English-Language Arts teacher, I believe that images and texts must be displayed, in order to enhance the process of learning. In order for this to happen in my class, texts and images must be revised, edited, and praised. While teaching the Cornell note style, I would love to allow students to show their peers how they were taking notes so they could learn from each other. This versatility and spontaneity sets the document camera apart from other classroom tools, such as PowerPoint presentations, electronic boards and white boards, all of which can be limiting. After modeling presentations, I can allow students to create their own presentations to be used with the camera, which will increase retention because their peers are teaching them, instead of me.

How the $150 would be spent:

The $150 will be spent on an Ipevo Ziggi-HD Plus High-Definition USB Document Camera (CDVU-06IP) from Amazon.com. The cost of this document camera is $99, plus the three-year protection plan for $13.21, which would total $112.21. The remaining money would be spent on miscellaneous classroom supplies.

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#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.

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