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Mr. Woods from Summerville SC is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Professional development

Lions, Tigers, & Bears: China, Africa, & the Middle East!

I need your help, please, with lodging in pricey D.C. when I attend a seminar at the Center for Arab Studies.

  • $633 goal

This project expired on September 5, 2018.

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My Students

I wish you could meet my students. They will amaze you with their tenacity. I call them all GATE which stands for "Great Attitude Towards Education" rather than the traditional "gifted and talented education."

Daily, I have the opportunities to show my students that possibilities are limitless as I encourage them to dream big and then, bigger.

Dreaming must not stop!

We are a history class which feels like theatre, choir, acting, modeling, oratory, and dance. We use so many modalities to push the boundaries of knowledge and to showcase their academic abilities. I love that my students realize that they are teachers, too.

My Project

As a 7th-grade world history teacher, I frequently discuss the ways in which China intersects with both Africa and the Middle East. My students continue to astound me with thought-provoking questions about the three regions. They leave me saying, "Oh my."

China is in the news daily.

Students are hungry for information about the region. The week-long seminar, at Georgetown University through the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, will give me daily opportunities to explore those "oh mys." Our state standards cover these three regions and I am excited about developing a fuller, more relevant curriculum for my inquisitive students as I receive top-notch lectures from professors and scholars.

Mr. Woods
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 130 students.

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Lodging Embassy Row Hotel $500.00

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