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Mrs. Dilling from La Mesa CA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Microscopes for All!

My students need good quality microscopes to use in the classroom. These microscopes will allow students to work in pairs and can be shared amongst classrooms to broaden the access to more students across grade levels.

  • $1,000 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"It's OK, I'm just learning!" This is how I always start off our first day of school. I make a "mistake", then we all practice saying this together. I find it calms fears and lets students know that this is a safe place where we can take chances and make mistakes together!

My students come from very diverse backgrounds and bring with them a variety of challenges daily when they enter the classroom.

Our school is a Title I urban school with the most diverse population in our district, serving over 80% a free or reduced-price lunch.

Each day, it is my job to make them feel safe, to put on my "acting" hat to make lessons entertaining and fun, and to inspire them to do their personal best! The fact that they have such varying levels of ability makes this a little tricky, and I've found that they are most successful when they are given opportunities to practice skills in a variety of ways both cooperatively in groups and individually. (The best part is, they often think they are "just playing"...mwah ha ha!)

My Project

Microscopes are so great to have in the classroom! The hard part is having a class of 40 students with just a couple of microscopes. With so little resources, it is hard for all students to be involved.

By having a set of 20 microscopes, students can work in pairs to research and view slides.

This class set of microscopes can be shared amongst classes to provide a whole-class learning opportunity where everyone is actively involved in operating the microscopes.

They also come in handy cases for storing all the materials to make them easy to share from class to class. Please help us stock up for science!

Mrs. Dilling
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, 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.

This project will reach 300 students.

2 donors have given to this project.

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AMSCOPE-KIDS M30-ABS-KT2-W Microscope Kit with Metal Arm and Base, 6 Magnifications from 20x to 1200x, Includes 52-Piece Accessory Set and Case, Awarded The 2016 Top Pick of Microscopes For Beginners • Amazon Business $37.03 20 $740.60

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