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Mrs. Kirkpatrick from Des Moines IA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Love & Motivation for Students

Help me give my students tangible rewards for meeting their behavior goals as we journey through 100% virtual return to the classroom including Doodle Boards, Play-Doh, and more.

  • $315 goal

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My Students

I am a 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teacher in our Behavior Learning Community Classroom. This is where our students with behavior goals receive their social skills instruction and behavioral supports throughout the day. We are an inclusive middle school, which means all of our students with special education services receive their grade level content in the general education classroom.

When I became a BLC teacher, I quickly learned that students with behavior goals need two things: love and motivation.

The "love" comes from supportive adults in our building. They are always checking in on students... to make sure students understand their academic expectations, to provide a brain break if needed, and to process through any conflicts. The motivation piece ideally would come from within the students themselves. Many of our students are still working to do this, so we provide a token economy system. When students make good choices, they earn points. The points can then be used to purchase reward items. This helps the student see that hard work pays off! It also helps them to feel good about the choices they are making.

My Project

In our classroom, our students are given points for positive behaviors. There are many ways students can earn rewards, a few of them including being in virtual class on time, sharing out answers in class, helping a peer when they drop their books, asking to take a brain break appropriately, being a risk-taker, advocating for their own needs, practicing skills taught in social skills class.

Larger point values are given when students meet their IEP behavior goals for the week!

Yay! What a great reason to celebrate!

The students will be given at least one opportunity each day to use their points to purchase reward items. As they purchase items, I will place them into a plastic container for them. The rewards will be delivered to the students' homes every 2-3 weeks. (We will be following ALL COVID-19 safety precautions. As hard as it will be for us, will not be entering the home, giving hugs, or even sticking around to say hi!) We know that waiting two weeks can feel like a long time to wait for something we have worked so save up points for! I will send updated photos of the students' reward buckets to them at least 3 times per week.

Mrs. Kirkpatrick
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Boley Magic Color Doodle Boards - 12 Pack Magnetic Drawing Board Set for Kids - Toddler Drawing Board and Writing Board - Sketch Pad Bulk Set for Toddlers, Preschool, Kindergarten • Amazon Business $33.95 1 $33.95
Play-Doh Modeling Compound 24-Pack Case of Colors, Non-Toxic, Multi-Color, 3-Ounce Cans, Ages 2 and up, Multicolor (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
200 PCS Party Favors Toy Assortment for Kids,Carnival Prizes and School Classroom Rewards,Pinata Filler Toys for Kids Birthday Party,Bulk Toys Treasure Box for Boys and Girls • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
36 Packs Mini Cube,Puzzle Party Toy,Eco-Friendly Material with Vivid Colors,Rubiks Cube Party School Supplies Puzzle Game Set for Boys and Girls, Magic Cube Goody Bag Filler Birthday Gift • Amazon Business $18.77 1 $18.77
QQPOW Toy Party Favors for Kids Mini Animal Building Block,12PCS Toys Set for Boys Girls,Fillers Carnival Prizes,Birthday Gift,School Rewards • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
G01 Earbud Headphones Bulk Pack of 10, Basic Corded Earphones Wholesale Accessory for iPhone Smartphone Computer Laptop Chromebook MP3 Player (8 Colors, Pack of 10) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
101+ Characters Jumbo Coloring Book for Kids: Have fun coloring the most extraordinary characters of the best fairy tales of all time! (one-sided, large print, Recommended for kids ages 4-8) • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Ganowo 24 Pack Fidget Snake Cube, Mini Twist Puzzle Party Bag Fillers Bulk Toys for Kids Teens Birthday Stocking Stuffers Party Favors Supplies Goodie Bags Fillers, Random Colors • Amazon Business $15.97 1 $15.97
Multicolor Pen - 30 Pack 0.5mm 6-in-1 Retractable Ballpoint Pens for Office School Supplies Students Children Gift • Amazon Business $14.69 1 $14.69
JPSOR Kraft Notebook, 20 Pack Lined Notebook Journals, 3.5" x 5.5" Pocket Notebook with 10 Different Happy Designs, Inspirational Notebook 80 Pages for Students, Office, School Supplies • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
ENTHUR Stretchy String Fidget Sensory Toys Build Resistance Squeeze Pull - Good for Kids with ADD, ADHD or Autism, and Adults to Strengthen Arms 12 Pack (BPA/Phthalate/Latex-Free) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Kinetic Sand The Original Moldable Sensory Play Sand, Green, 2 Pounds • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Crayola Colored Chalk Sticks 12 Count - 2 Packs • Amazon Business $3.99 2 $7.98
Play-Doh Party Bag Dough (15 Count) • Amazon Business $5.39 1 $5.39

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