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Dr. Thompson from North Port FL is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Motivation For The Student's Soul

Help me give my students incentives for academics, team work, and good behavior. They will help to get even the most reluctant student to try their best. Intrinsic motivation is the ultimate goal.

  • $453 goal

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My Students

I teach third grade at a diverse, Title I school in southwest Florida. Sixty-five percent of our students receive free or reduced-price lunch. Our students come from numerous cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Through a lot of hard work, our school continues to help our students succeed. In fact, we have been an "A" school for all but one year of our existence! My students come from a wide variety of family dynamics and diverse households as well. I have students who are faced with several challenges due to their disabilities both in and out of the classroom. These things may prevent them from getting ahead early in life and may not provide them with the life experiences many of us see as "typical".

Despite the many challenges these students face, I am looking to keep things simple and provide my students with creative and meaningful learning experiences.

From the minute they walk in the door of my classroom, I focus on their potential and growth while they are with me. Having motivational incentives available for all students means less stress on them and more meaningful learning. I want to foster a happy, safe, classroom community of caring children.

My Project

In today's classrooms, teachers need every trick in the book to help with motivation and success. I like to use award ribbons, achievement certificates, stress balls, fidget toys, pencils, and other treasure box items to help aid in this endeavor. The award ribbons and achievement certificates are incentives for academics, team work, and good behavior.

Our school has implemented a Positive Behavior System (PBS) and these incentives and rewards have been included in our behavior plan.

The students absolutely love being recognized. These incentives and motivational awards help to get even the most reluctant student to try their best. The sensory tools are used with children who need support with their learning. These specific items are included in their Individual Education Plans (IEP). These items are given out give out to all students as there is something for everyone and something for every intended behavior. Several students have Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) plans as well.

Also included are three read aloud books designed to help students understand empathy and the concept of “paying it forward”. Intrinsic motivation is the ultimate goal. Not all students can be honor roll students, but all students can be good human beings. These items seek out each student’s strength and give them hope and desire to do well in school.

Dr. Thompson
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 18 students.

7 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
250 Pc Mega Pencil Assortment - Awards & Incentives & Pencils • Amazon Business $34.94 1 $34.94
Fun Express Satin Youre a Star! Award Ribbons (24 Pack) • Amazon Business $13.97 2 $27.94
Sea View Treasures 20 Bulk 3" Gold Star Award Stress Relievers - Perfect Office Awards, Student Prizes, or Camp Trophies • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
16 Pack Bundle Sensory Toys Set-Bike Chain/Liquid Motion Timer/Rainbow Magic Sensory Ball and Squeeze Toys Value Assortment • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
Kudos Card Set (70/Set) • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
Joyin Toy 24 Pack of Mini Animal Plush Toy Assortment (24 units 3" each) Kids Party Favors • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Geddes Incentive Pencils, Various Phrases for Kids, Set of 144 (64244) • Amazon Business $17.49 1 $17.49
MelonBoat 24 Pack 2" Emoji Plush Keychain Mini Pillows Backpack Clips, Emoticon Poop Emoji Birthday Party Favors Supplies, Goodie Bag Stuffers, Novelty Gifts Toys Prizes for Kids • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Each Kindness (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
4 DOZEN (48) READING - GREAT Reader Student - Motivational PENCILS #2 Lead - I LOVE to READ - PARTY FAVORS - CLASSROOM Rewards TEACHER • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
Stress Balls Puffer Stress Relief Toys Value Assortment Bulk 1 Dozen Stress Relax Toy Balls, Squeeze Ball Puffer Ball Assortment Most Popular Selection of Hand Exercise Balls & Therapy Balls • Amazon Business $12.97 1 $12.97
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Winner award medals - 72 pc bulk wholesale lot • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Hayes School Publishing Certificates Social Studies 30/Pk 8.5 X 11 • Amazon Business $10.07 1 $10.07
Teacher Created Resources (5485) Marquee You're a Star Awards • Amazon Business $9.65 1 $9.65
Teacher Created Resources Super Reader Awards (1935) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Teacher Created Resources Math Awards (1926) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
HAYES SCHOOL PUBLISHING VA681 Mathematics Achievement Certificate, 8-1/2" x 11" Size, Paper, 0.1" Height, 8.4" Width, 10.8" Length (Pack of 30) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Teacher Created Resources Certificate of Achievement Awards (1937) • Amazon Business $8.73 1 $8.73
TREND enterprises, Inc. Congratulations/Swirls Colorful Classics Cert's, 30 ct • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45
Praise Recognition Mini Buttons (4 dz) • Amazon Business $7.97 1 $7.97
TREND Certificates of Award, 8-1/2 x 11, 30/Pack • Amazon Business $7.23 1 $7.23
Super Z Outlet Liquid Motion Bubbler for Sensory Play, Fidget Toy, Children Activity, Desk Top, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Those Shoes • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
24 ~ I Love to Read Rubber Bracelets ~ Approx. 6" ~ Assorted Colors ~ New • Amazon Business $6.88 1 $6.88
Creative Teaching Press Awesome! Small Awards, Black/White (1315) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
TREND enterprises, Inc. Math Star Recognition Awards, 30 ct • Amazon Business $3.49 1 $3.49

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