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Mrs. Carpenter from Hawthorne CA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Make My Students Alive With the Sound of Music!

Help me give my students speakers to make my class alive with the sound of music!

  • $266 goal

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My Students

I teach English to half of the 7th graders at my school. This year, that’s 172 students! My students come from a variety of backgrounds. Some come to me speaking very little English while others are already advanced at reading and writing in English. In my class, I work to foster a community of learners who help me and each other with their patience and critical-thinking. My students are full of energy, enthusiasm, and empathy, and I feel so lucky to work with them!

My Project

There is much research to support the positive effects of music on learning. I currently play music in my classroom through one old speaker (its partner is broken) connected to my computer at the front of my class. I play music during transitions in my classes and during writing. What I would like is to be able to play better-sounding music more consistently.

And that is why, through this project, I am requesting a pair of JBL Flip 5 speakers.

There will definitely be some improvements if I am able to add these speakers to my classroom. I would like to consistently implement the following protocols:

-Playing upbeat music as students enter the class

-Playing transition music between activities

-Playing instrumental music during writing or independent activities

-Playing end of class music

I have seen the positive effects of music in my classroom, even through my current speakers aren't the most effective. The other day, I played an upbeat song as students filed into the room. Some students danced and/or sang as they grabbed their Chromebooks. It set the mood for a positive experience. Likewise, instrumental tunes played during quiet work seems to help define the expectations and help students focus. I can't wait to see how my students respond to a higher-quality sound system!

Mrs. Carpenter
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
JBL - Flip 5 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Ocean Blue • Best Buy Education $88.33 1 $88.33
JBL - Flip 5 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Ocean Blue • Best Buy Education $88.33 1 $88.33

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