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Mr. Wakabayashi from Honolulu HI is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Professional development

Books To Help Me Grow As A STEM Teacher

I need reference guide books to help me in lesson plan creation and implementation.

  • $372 goal

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My Students

After 10 years of teaching students with moderate to profound physical and intellectual disabilities, I have been given the opportunity to teach STEM to 6th graders. Both classes have been rewarding to me both in a professional capacity and as a human. I feel that I am getting a large picture of what I can do as a teacher to help a variety of students to become the best they can be in the future and to help them to make positive contributions to the society they live in now and in the future

As a teacher in a low-poverty Title I school, I see the different challenges that our students face in and outside of school.

With all of these challenges, sometimes it is difficult to see what is hidden in their hearts. However, when given the chance, and with some coaching and encouragement, I know our students can open up to reveal their true colors of positivity and awesomeness to the world. By opening up, I hope that they can help others become more positive and remind themselves that they can achieve greatness now and in the future.

My Project

I love learning new things on my own. I really do. I enjoy learning on my own from other people's experiences. In this professional development project, I am requesting a whole bunch of highly rated STEM-related books. Videos are a great way to learn, but people often forget about books. The ideas in these books should help to give me dozens of new ideas for lesson plans and how to implement them. Ultimately I am also interested in sharing these ideas with other educators, so by learning from a variety of books, I hope that I will be able to see what is helpful for adult educators and what might not be appealing or useful.

Books are great because they allow you to learn one page or one picture at a time.

As I mentioned before, I really love learning new things on my own. Books will allow me to read in the middle of the night (I could do this with videos but it's not the same), or while waiting for an appointment (again, I know that you can do this with a video on a phone but it's just not the same; I'd be much more reluctant trying to watch a video with sound in a doctors office than just reading a book).

I think that the books that I am requesting for my own professional development will be beneficial to me as a teacher because they incorporate a lot of photos and instruction. Especially with experiments and projects, I often do them by myself before doing them with my students, so they become like a science recipe book for me to learn how to do the project and then how to share it with my students.

Mr. Wakabayashi
Grades 6-8

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Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe • Amazon Business $12.40 2 $24.80
Solar System: A Visual Exploration of All the Planets, Moons and Other Heavenly Bodies that Orbit Our Sun • Amazon Business $24.03 1 $24.03
Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything • Amazon Business $23.09 1 $23.09
STEAM Kids: 50+ Science / Technology / Engineering / Art / Math Hands-On Projects for Kids • Amazon Business $22.49 1 $22.49
Photographic Card Deck of The Elements: With Big Beautiful Photographs of All 118 Elements in the Periodic Table • Amazon Business $22.49 1 $22.49
Reactions: An Illustrated Exploration of Elements, Molecules, and Change in the Universe • Amazon Business $21.10 1 $21.10
Stem Play: Integrating Inquiry Into Learning Centers • Amazon Business $18.09 1 $18.09
Hands-On Engineering • Amazon Business $18.04 1 $18.04
Theodore Gray's Completely Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do at Home but Probably Shouldn't: The Complete and Updated Edition • Amazon Business $17.67 1 $17.67
Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family Friendly Experiments from Around the House (Lab Series) • Amazon Business $17.27 1 $17.27
Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects: Build * Invent * Create * Discover • Amazon Business $15.70 1 $15.70
Rocks, Minerals & Gems • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn • Amazon Business $12.57 1 $12.57
Exploring Kitchen Science: 30+ Edible Experiments and Kitchen Activities • Amazon Business $10.46 1 $10.46
Science Experiments You Can Eat • Amazon Business $8.39 1 $8.39

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