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Ms. Mileham from Madison WI is requesting Sports & Exercise Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Listening To Ourselves Calm Down

Help me give my students a Pip biofeedback device to track their stress levels and a set of headphones so they can listen to music to calm down and audiobooks to learn social-emotional lessons.

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My Students

The 20 first graders in my classroom are fervent technophiles with strong emotions that both send them into ecstasies of delight and dark places of self-doubt and fiery frustration. One thing they are truly amazing at is listening to stories, either read live or an audiobook, and taking away the lessons that they learn from those tales--truly applying them to their every-day lives.

This brilliant group of emotional fire-crackers are from diverse backgrounds, but united by a love of learning.

Some have non-traditional family structures, some hear a language other than English at home, and some have unique medical needs. Together we form a warm educational community--much like a family--where we support each other through the highs and lows of learning as well as our non-study-related struggles. Sometimes we bicker and sometimes we rub each other the wrong way, but through it all we have each other's back and work hard to make sure everyone feels safe and cared for all the time.

My Project

My class is lucky enough to have a bunch of physical books that we also can access via audiobook. Many of these books teach great lessons about empathy or about ways characters cope with stress. My students can't get enough! Because they are young and many are newly-fledged readers, having books read aloud is a less frustrating way to access these more complex texts. With more headphones available in the classroom, more students can access these books--even using headphone splitters to listen to the books together. After listening to recorded books as pairs or groups of three, students can share with one another the lessons the characters learned and think about how they might apply to their own lives--making the social-emotional learning applicable to their daily lives and helping it to stick. The headphones can also help us listen to calming music as a stress-conquering technique!

My students are young and they don't always notice right away when they've encountered triggers that could send them to a dark emotional place.

Sometimes, by the time they realize they need to use a calming strategy, it's too late for it to be very effective. A Pip biofeedback device, which is a little hand-held gadget in the shape of a seed, sends information about an individual's stress level right to an iPad. A paired app can encourage a child to calm down by displaying a visual that gives them real-time feedback on how well their calming strategies are working. This makes the opportunity to calm down like a game when it can otherwise feel like a chore or, even worse, a punishment. As students become more aware of their their triggers and physical manifestations of stress, they can start to use calming techniques when needed without even needing the Pip to help them.

Ms. Mileham
Grades PreK-2

This project will reach 20 students.

4 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Pip - Personal Stress Sensor & Mental Fitness Trainer - White • Amazon Business $149.00 1 $149.00
Califone 3068AV Switchable Stereo/Mono Headphones 12-Pack Bundle • Amazon Business $129.95 1 $129.95

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