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Ms. Arment from Hazelwood MO is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Professional development

iLearn: The English Teacher's Homework

I need a small library of professional texts related to best practices in reading instruction to help myself be the best teacher I can be and help my students cultivate a life-long love of learning.

  • $455 goal

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My Students

My school is strengthened by its diversity and those passionate about celebrating it. This is my second year in my current district and the fourth year of my teaching career. My classroom is set up for students to engage in discussion, both small group and whole-class. I am an advocate for tables instead of desks, as it forces students to see that they are not alone in their education. They look at their peers, not at me, during lessons. The tables are arranged in a circle around the room, allowing for ample discussion and an empty space where students can present, rather than stand at the front of the room.

The goal is comfort and familiarity.

My kids are just that: kids. They are bright, quirky, silly, and passionate. They surprise me every single day. I thoroughly enjoy making them cringe with my own dorkiness, while also modeling that it's okay to be yourself. My students form relationships throughout their time in my classroom. These relationships allow them to be their genuine selves, if only for the period, and it's beautiful to see the facade of "coolness" melt away.

My Project

The materials I am requesting will help me tremendously in assisting my students in their learning. The professional development texts all focus on reading and writing strategies in the English Language Arts classroom. I plan to implement what I learn from these books in my everyday teaching practice.

My students deserve the very best.

I want to be that for them. I want to be better for them. My goal is to give them all the tools I possibly can to help them cultivate a life-long love of learning. I want to model this behavior for them. If I expect it from them, I need to show it as well.

Ms. Arment
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 130 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Uncharted Territory: A High School Reader (First Edition) • Amazon Business $44.87 1 $44.87
The Writing Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Writers • Amazon Business $32.90 1 $32.90
180 DAYS: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents • Amazon Business $32.01 1 $32.01
No More Fake Reading: Merging the Classics With Independent Reading to Create Joyful, Lifelong Readers (Corwin Literacy) • Amazon Business $28.45 1 $28.45
The Reading Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Readers • Amazon Business $28.11 1 $28.11
Write Like This: Teaching Real-World Writing Through Modeling and Mentor Texts • Amazon Business $27.70 1 $27.70
Writing with Mentors: How to Reach Every Writer in the Room Using Current, Engaging Mentor Texts • Amazon Business $26.30 1 $26.30
Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters • Amazon Business $23.79 1 $23.79
Mechanically Inclined: Building Grammar, Usage, and Style into Writer's Workshop • Amazon Business $23.57 1 $23.57
Teach Like a Champion 2.0: 62 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College • Amazon Business $21.51 1 $21.51
Teach Like a PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator • Amazon Business $17.20 1 $17.20
Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners • Amazon Business $16.05 1 $16.05
The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child • Amazon Business $15.38 1 $15.38
Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56 • Amazon Business $13.16 1 $13.16

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