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Ms. Thompson from Chicago IL is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Increasing Working Memory: A Multi-Sensory Approach

My students need under the desk bikes to promote movement and increase focus. Other items either increase positive stimuli such as sounds or light, or decrease negative stimuli such as distracting noises.

  • $585 goal

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My Students

This project is for a co-taught math classroom for 7th and 8th graders. Students with disabilities learn in general education in our fully inclusive classroom, and all students engage in personalized learning to deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts. Our school has a diverse Latino population, and most students are bilingual in English and Spanish. To accommodate students with disabilities and English language learners, this classroom takes a multi-sensory approach to learning including hands-on activities, visuals, and context-based learning. One major indicator of academic success is working memory.

These students are motivated, driven, and have sensory needs often relating to ADHD or a learning disability.

Researchers have found that students with ADHD perform better academically when given the opportunity to move while working. By having movement, a student's working memory is freed to focus on the lesson at hand.

Students with learning disabilities may also need to free up space in their working memory, with the overall goal of retaining more information. For some students, this may be good smells, silent time, or sensory objects during lessons.

My Project

Researchers have proven that one of the greatest indicators for academic success is working memory-impacted by ADHD and learning disabilities. In order to promote focus and attention during personalized learning, students need to have full access to their working memory.

These materials allow some wiggly students to move, shake, and listen to a lesson without having to waste brain power by telling themselves to sit still.

Students who are distracted by sound or movement can enjoy a calming sensory experience by draping a weighted blanket over their lap, putting on noise canceling headphones or enjoying the calming ocean lights projected on the wall.

The goal of learning in our classroom is to connect to the material while reaching CCSS standards, something that is the most possible when students have sensory needs met. Your gift would allow students with ADHD, learning disabilities, and Autism to focus on lessons in a positive and focused manner.

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

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
EXEFIT Desk Exercycle Pedal Bicycle Exerciser for Leg and Arm Cycling Exerciser With LCD Monitor and Flywheel • Amazon Business $45.99 3 $137.97
YnM Cooling Weighted Blanket, 100% Natural Bamboo Viscose, 15 lbs 48''x72'', Thin Gravity 2.0 Blanket, Great Sleep Therapy for People with Anxiety, Autism, ADHD, Insomnia or Stress, Sea Grass • Amazon Business $129.50 1 $129.50
Gaiam Evolve Balance Board for Standing Desk - Stability Rocker Wobble Board for Constant Movement to Increase Focus, Alternative to Standing Desk Anti-Fatigue Mat • Amazon Business $67.99 1 $67.99
Snug Kids Earmuffs / Hearing Protectors – Adjustable Headband Ear Defenders For Children and Adults (Green) • Amazon Business $12.95 5 $64.75
Gideon DreamWave Soothing Ocean Wave Projector LED Night Light with Built-in Stereo Speakers/(12 LED Bulbs - 3 Colors) Water Wave LED Ceiling Projector for Children - Connects with Any Audio Device • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
Ominihome Essential Oil Diffuser 300ml Cool Mist Humidifier Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser, Waterless Auto Off, Wood Grain, Brightness Adujstable, Birthday Gift (shallow wood grain) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Top 6 Essential Oils for Aromatherapy Set of 6 15ml Essential Oils- 100% Pure & Therapeutic grade - Gift Set & Premium Kit - 6/15 Ml Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint • Amazon Business $15.00 1 $15.00

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