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

EveryKidCan: Building Social Competence to Achieve Academic Success!

Help me give my students Children's Emotional Intelligence books and games to teach them to become socially competent.

  • $556 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Albert Einstein quotes, "The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size." Therefore, my goal is to provide my diverse learners with meaningful projects and instructional resources to address the disabilities that impede their learning such as attention-deficit, dyslexia, social-emotional, and autism. Their past experiences of failure in school have outweighed their successes as they also deal with socioeconomic ills within their communities, making the burden to learn more difficult.

Nevertheless, in spite of their circumstances, my students are inquisitive, creative, hopeful and eager to come to school- their safe haven; therefore, they know that their teacher holds their minds dear to her heart and will continue to discover innovative ways to challenge them to think and learn!

Aligning each student to the appropriate instructional resources, my students can grasp concepts through a combination of visual stimuli and usage of hands-on materials as well as respond to intervention through interactive, arts-infused, project-based, hands-on learning activities. With time and investment in exploring how they learn, my students will leave my classroom with a newfound growth mindset!

My Project

My project focuses on the social-emotional competence of my students coupled with teaching them to have the skills to research social learning through technology. My students are diverse learners who struggle with academic and social deficits; yet, they are motivated to learn when they receive instruction that not only nurtures their minds, but their hearts.

In addition to working as a Diverse Learner Teacher, I am also a Social-Emotional Learning Change Agent at my school in which I provide professional development for teachers and co-teach SEL skills with my colleagues to students in grades 3-5 on self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, responsible decision making and relationship skills.

The 15 SEL books in my classroom are limited and shared among 4 teachers. Over 100 students are requesting them by popular demand! Students are captivated by the stories in the books that mirrors their lives and provides them with positive solutions as the goal is to enhance their emotional intelligence which is correlated to improved academic aptitude, positive classroom climate and school culture. Per recent survey, it was revealed that students struggled with empathy, kindness, anger, bullying, goal-setting, mindfulness, adverse words, blame, feeling overwhelmed, lack of confidence and other social issues that impacts the way they think and behave. Therefore each social-emotional learning book selected addresses each of the areas in which students suggested the need for support.

Most importantly, my students not only struggle with learning, they also struggle with self-confidence in their abilities. Providing them with literature that addresses their social needs with characters who are similar in age coupled with similar situations will help build their social competence thus leading to enhanced academic achievement. Each Social Competence Learning book and game were carefully selected and covers social awareness, self-awareness, self-management, responsible-decision making and relationship building. Thank you for your support!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Playing CBT - Therapy Game to Develop Awareness of Thoughts, Emotions and behaviors for improving Social Skills, Coping Skills and Enhancing self Control.- New Version • Amazon Business $60.00 1 $60.00
Self-Regulation and Mindfulness: Over 82 Exercises & Worksheets for Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, & Autism Spectrum Disorder • Amazon Business $22.51 1 $22.51
Trauma Reaction Cards for Children & Adolescents • Amazon Business $21.90 1 $21.90
Please Explain Anxiety to Me!: Simple Biology and Solutions for Children and Parents, 2nd Edition (Growing With Love) • Amazon Business $17.23 1 $17.23
My Moods, My Choices Flipbook for Kids; 20 Different Moods/Emotions; Help Kids Identify Feelings and Make Positive Choices; Laminated Pages • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Feelings In a Flash | Emotional Intelligence Flashcard Game | Toddlers & Special Needs Children | Teaching Empathy Activities, Coping & Social Skills | 50 Scenario Cards, 50 Reaction Faces • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy • Amazon Business $11.75 1 $11.75
I Can't Do That, YET: Growth Mindset • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Rumor Has It (Building Relationships) • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Thanks for the Feedback, I Think (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Tease Monster: A Book About Teasing Vs. Bullying (Building Relationships) • Amazon Business $10.90 1 $10.90
I Can't Believe You Said That!: My Story about Using My Social Filter...or Not! (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $10.82 1 $10.82
Empathy Is My Superpower: A Story about Showing You Care (Without Limits) • Amazon Business $10.29 1 $10.29
Tough!: A Story about How to Stop Bullying in Schools (The Weird! Series) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Day My Daddy Lost His Temper: Empowering Kids That Have Witnessed Domestic Violence (The Empowering Kids Series) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Wilma Jean the Worry Machine • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Trauma: Teaching kids all about trauma • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
A Flicker of Hope • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Bully B.E.A.N.S. • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Cell Phoney • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Weird!: A Story About Dealing with Bullying in Schools (The Weird! Series) • Amazon Business $9.46 1 $9.46
Dare! (The Weird! Series) • Amazon Business $9.46 1 $9.46
The Anti-Test Anxiety Society • Amazon Business $9.45 1 $9.45
But It's Not My Fault! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
What Were You Thinking?: Learning to Control Your Impulses (Executive Function) • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
Sorry, I Forgot to Ask!: My Story About Asking Permission and Making an Apology (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
Uniquely Wired: A Story About Autism and Its Gifts • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
Baditude! What to Do When Life Stinks! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
Angry Octopus: An Anger Management Story introducing active progressive muscular relaxation and deep breathing • Amazon Business $9.23 1 $9.23
Cliques Just Don't Make Cents! (Building Relationships) • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
When I Couldn't Get over It, I Learned to Start Acting Differently: A Story About Managing SADness • Amazon Business $8.58 1 $8.58
It's My Way or the Highway: Turning Bossy Into Flexible and Assertive (Leader I'll Be!) (The Leader I'll Be) • Amazon Business $8.58 1 $8.58
A Terrible Thing Happened • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45
Do You Have a Secret? (Let's Talk About It!) • Amazon Business $5.14 1 $5.14

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