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Mrs. Wells from Katy TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Hope, Confidence and Growth Mindsets for Success!

Help me give my students hope and the confidence to take risks in their learning as they develop growth-mindsets through books, activities such as "I Can Do Hard Things" and "Mindset Matters".

  • $438 goal

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My Students

I am a math teacher in a Title 1 school where a large majority of our student population receives free/reduced lunch. Many of those students also participate in our weekend food backpack program which provides healthy meals for families on the weekend.

I have an amazing group of first grade through fifth grade Special Education students with various disabilities, are a minimum of 2-3 years below level in math and lack the confidence to take risks in their learning.

Our school is a "No Excuses University" campus which teaches children that everyone can go to college no matter what their disability may be. One of my goals this year is to help my students develop a Growth Mindset in which they learn that it is okay to make mistakes in math and that corrective feedback is not negative, in fact, that is the way their brain wants them to learn!

My Project

My special education students often come to me feeling defeated, hopeless, and fearful to take risks in their learning. School is very hard for them. They have all experienced a significant amount of school failure which negatively affects their motivation, confidence and self-esteem. They often quit and give up at the first sign of academic struggle. They don’t understand that with practice, perseverance and a growth mindset, they can grow their brain and turn their situation around in ways they never imagined.

By donating to our book project, you will give hope to the hopeless, and help break their notions that they are alone in their struggles, less intelligent or less capable as their peers and that there is nothing that can be done to change their situation.

They will relate to characters in these books who persevere and overcome their struggles, as in the books "Stuck", and "What Do You Do with A Problem?", "I Will Try!", "I Can’t Do That, YET" and "I Can Do Hard Thing".

In the books, "Bubble Gum Brain", "Your Fantastic, Elastic Brain", "Hello Brain?" and "Mindset Matters" they will learn that their brain can change and how to make that happen. In addition, they will learn to reduce their stress so that learning can occur with books such as, "131 Stress Busters" and "Mood Boosters for Kids".

Mrs. Wells
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Not Yet • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
What Should Danny Do? School Day (The Power to Choose Series) • Amazon Business $16.23 1 $16.23
What Should Danny Do? (The Power to Choose Series) • Amazon Business $15.66 1 $15.66
Hello Brain?: A Book About Talking To Your Brain • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Stuck • Amazon Business $14.92 1 $14.92
What Do You Do With a Problem? • Amazon Business $13.90 1 $13.90
The Book of Mistakes • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
I Can't Do That, YET: Growth Mindset • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
The Day the Crayons Quit • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Meditate with Me: A Step-By-Step Mindfulness Journey • Amazon Business $12.33 1 $12.33
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes • Amazon Business $12.09 1 $12.09
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It • Amazon Business $11.76 1 $11.76
Listening to My Body: A guide to helping kids understand the connection between their sensations (what the heck are those?) and feelings so that they can get better at figuring out what they need. • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Mindful Kids: 50 Activities for Calm, Focus and Peace • Amazon Business $11.35 1 $11.35
I Will Try (Mindful Mantras) (Volume 5) • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
I Will Be Okay (Mindful Mantras) (Volume 4) • Amazon Business $11.24 1 $11.24
I Am Proud of Myself! (Mindful Mantras) • Amazon Business $10.93 1 $10.93
Thanks for the Feedback, I Think (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $10.66 1 $10.66
I Can Do Hard Things: Mindful Affirmations for Kids • Amazon Business $10.13 1 $10.13
A Flicker of Hope • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
I Won't Give Up (Persistence Project) (Volume 2) • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Bubble Gum Brain • Amazon Business $9.43 1 $9.43
I Can Handle It (Mindful Mantras) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $9.18 1 $9.18
Growth Mindset Coloring Book: Volume 2 • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Dot • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Mindset Matters (Without Limits) • Amazon Business $8.58 1 $8.58
131 Stress Busters and Mood Boosters For Kids: How to help kids ease anxiety, feel happy, and reach their goals • Amazon Business $8.34 1 $8.34
131 Conversations That Engage Kids: How to Get Kids Talking, Grow Their Friendships, and Inspire Change (Volume 2) • Amazon Business $7.90 1 $7.90
How Does Your Brain Work? (Rookie Read-About Health (Paperback)) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
My First Book About the Brain (Dover Children's Science Books) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

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