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Mrs. Kenerson from Reston VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Mindset Changer, That's Me!

Help me give my students Growth Mindset themed books that will encourage them to be hard workers, never give up and to challenge themselves to go further and higher each day.

  • $490 goal

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My Students

My students are culturally, linguistically, economically diverse and challenged. Most of my students are from other parts of the world to include Afghanistan, Vietnam, Russia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Morocco. There are only two American students in my class this year. Half of my class is on free and reduced lunch. One third of them are also members of the BackPack Pal program that gives them food on Friday for the weekend. We are currently a Title I school.

My students aim to be hard workers.

They love to learn and they love to have fun doing it. My students are also like sponges. They absorb almost everything that they learn. Although at times they struggle with new material, they are learning to persevere and not give up.

My Project

Do you know the difference between a Fixed and a Growth Mindset? A Fixed Mindset person uses words like, I can't, this is too hard or this is too easy. A Growth Mindset person uses words like I can't do it YET! I'm going to try it a different way, I know I can do this, I have to keep on trying. We are requesting Growth Mindset themed books that will encourage my students to be hard workers, never give up and to challenge themselves to go further and higher each day.

A Growth Mindset fosters motivation, resilience, and persistence.

A Fixed Mindset kills it. I want all of my students to always have a Growth Mindset. I want them to be hard workers and not believe that intelligence lies with the genetically blessed.

In our classroom, we all are a constant reminder for each other to, change our words, and then you will change your mindset. All of the books in this project will constantly remind the students to not give up, to look for an alternative way, to try and try again. In the words of Kevin Durant, "Hard work beats talent, where talent fails to show up."

Mrs. Kenerson
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 20 students.

7 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
IRIS USA, Inc. KBN-3 Kid's Wooden Storage Bench, White • Amazon Business $47.59 1 $47.59
All of Matt's treasures: An affirmations book to teach children about growth mindset and their inner compass. • Amazon Business $15.00 1 $15.00
Almost • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $13.82 1 $13.82
Peanut Butter & Cupcake • Amazon Business $13.60 1 $13.60
The Thing Lou Couldn't Do • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
I Can't Do That, YET: Growth Mindset • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
The Most Magnificent Thing • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Islandborn • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
I Can Do Hard Things: Mindful Affirmations for Kids • Amazon Business $11.66 1 $11.66
Same, Same But Different • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
My Strong Mind: A Story About Developing Mental Strength (Positive Mindset series) • Amazon Business $11.25 1 $11.25
The Book of Mistakes • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Perfect Ninja: A Children’s Book About Developing a Growth Mindset (Ninja Life Hacks) • Amazon Business $10.80 1 $10.80
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes • Amazon Business $10.64 1 $10.64
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
I Just Don't Like the Sound of No! My Story About Accepting No for an Answer and Disagreeing the Right Way! (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $9.86 1 $9.86
The Worst Day of My Life Ever! My story about listening and following instructions (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
The Hugging Tree: A Story About Resilience • Amazon Business $9.66 1 $9.66
I Can't Believe You Said That!: My Story about Using My Social Filter...or Not! (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $9.36 1 $9.36
What Do You Do With a Problem? — New York Times best seller • Amazon Business $9.31 1 $9.31
That Rule Doesn't Apply to Me! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $9.31 1 $9.31
Chocolate Milk, Por Favor: Celebrating Diversity with Empathy • Amazon Business $9.22 1 $9.22
Skin Like Mine (Kids Like Mine) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Rosie Revere, Engineer • Amazon Business $8.39 1 $8.39
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy • Amazon Business $8.39 1 $8.39
Bubble Gum Brain • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Dot • Amazon Business $7.50 1 $7.50
The Name Jar • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Colors of Us • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79
Happy in Our Skin • Amazon Business $6.19 1 $6.19
I Love My Hair! • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

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