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Ms. Kottke from Philadelphia PA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Can You Hear Me Now?

My students need sturdy headphones so they can focus on their individualized, computer-based math and reading programs during small-group instructional time.

  • $652 goal

This project expired on December 24, 2018.

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My Students

My fourth graders and I are excited to start the new school year together. I had the privilege of working with these students throughout their first and second-grade years, teaching mathematical problem-solving through a blended learning approach. I am thrilled to have this same group of students in my fourth grade homeroom this year, so we can continue exploring ways to solve problems in math, science, technology and the humanities, together.

Dedicated scholars deserve the best we can offer.

Although our school is located in a high-poverty area, with 100% of our students eligible for free breakfast and lunch, we have a wealth of interest in learning and working hard to achieve excellence. My students love cooperative activities, creative projects and opportunities to demonstrate what they have learned.

On the last day of third grade, the children were lined up outside my classroom door, asking me what they would learn in fourth grade. "Are we going to do candy science? Will you teach us how to do long division? Can we do computer programming on Fun Fridays?" Yes, yes and yes!

My Project

There are so many wonderful learning activities and educational programs available online. Children love to learn through technology, especially when the program adapts itself to the child's own instructional level and learning style. Our school has adopted several computer-based intervention programs that use visual and auditory cues to promote learning. The effectiveness of our blended learning approach is enhanced when students can tune out the distractions of other activities in the room.

Individual headphones will help children focus on their own instructional programs.

In the past, I have asked my students to bring headphones from home, or purchased them myself. Not everyone can afford even basic headphones, and the ones from the discount stores simply don't hold up to regular classroom use.

Having a class set of sturdy headphones would solve quite a few problems. Every student would have the same type of headset, so no one would feel inadequate. The classroom would be quieter during small-group instruction time, enabling everyone to focus more on their own learning. Individual headphones would give all students the privacy they deserve as they read and solve problems on their own instructional level.

These headphones are also easy to wipe clean, and they are sturdy enough to hold up to years of daily use. My students will be proud to use these headphones during online learning time.

Ms. Kottke
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 32 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
FN2924CX - Listening Center Headphones - Set of 8 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $129.00 4 $516.00

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