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Ms. Minter from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building Self-Esteem Through Wellness Journals & Engaging SEL Activities

My students need copies of "Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration" and "The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Build Confidence" as well as colorful pens and markers!

  • $396 goal

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My Students

I teach at a public charter school known for its progressive commitment to health and physical activity. We are a K-8 school that truly values social-emotional learning and we practice building these skills daily. I lead 10 girls in a 8th grade advisory that meets everyday for at least 20 minutes and on Fridays for 45 minutes. Advisory serves as a "home base" and provides opportunities to build community and a relationship with a trusted mentor.

These young women inspire me everyday and I love beginning our mornings as a community.

They are insightful, reflective and each one, special and unique in her own way. I have watched them grow so much over these last 2 years and as we begin our last trimester together before they head off to high school, I want to foster a stronger sense of strength and self-worth among these fierce young women. I also want to continue to create a space where my girls can ask questions freely about their bodies, relationships and their growing selves. They deserve to have a space where they feel heard, supported and free to express themselves as the incredible females that they all are.

My Project

Students in my advisory will gain valuable academic skills practice, in addition to developing important social-emotional skills and competencies, like listening, understanding and communicating emotions, and discussion skills, that are all an integral piece of growing self-awareness.

My students will use the Self-Esteem Workbook For Teens to help them engage in reflective activities to help them develop a stronger sense of self, unpacking their strengths, areas that challenge them and the elements that make them unique and worthy of respect, both from themselves and from others.

This workbook will also allow the students to read and discuss practical exercises to help them deal with setbacks and self-doubt, skills for dealing with criticism, and activities that will aid in the development of self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-worth. Supplemental activities from the The Body Image Workbook for Teens, will allow me, as their advisor, to pick out activities that can help support their self-esteem growth through focussing on positive and healthy body image messaging. My students will learn powerful coping strategies to deal with the daily, intense pressures of being a teenage girl.

Furthermore, using the wellness journal on a consistent, daily basis, will help by girls develop writing stamina and foster a daily habit that I hope will carry them forward into the future. Being able to write about your emotions, and name those emotions, will help reduce anxiety, stress, and other negative feelings. Coloring books with inspirational quotes and quality materials for coloring will also be great tools for my girls to use when they are wanting an artistic outlet.

Ms. Minter
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration • Amazon Business $13.14 11 $144.54
The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Build Confidence and Achieve Your Goals • Amazon Business $5.33 10 $53.30
Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, Medium Point (0.7mm), Assorted Colors, 24 Count • Amazon Business $20.02 1 $20.02
Crayola Fine Line Markers, 40 Count, Assorted Colors, Adult Coloring • Amazon Business $9.56 2 $19.12
Our Bodies, Ourselves • Amazon Business $19.05 1 $19.05
The Body Image Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help Girls Develop a Healthy Body Image in an Image-Obsessed World • Amazon Business $13.86 1 $13.86
GIRL: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You • Amazon Business $13.21 1 $13.21
Inspirational Quotes Coloring Book: Adult Coloring book to inspire you & feed your soul! • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
An Inspirational Colouring Book For Everyone: Be Fearless In The Pursuit Of What Sets Your Soul On Fire: A Unique, Antistress Coloring Gift for Men, ... Relief, Relaxation & Mindful Meditation) • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29

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