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Middle School, Music Teacher

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Ms. Cance from Cottonwood Heights UT is requesting instructional technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

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My ELA Calming Corner

Help me give my students a calming corner and easy accessibility to their supplies by having headphones, a bookshelf and magazine rack to display books, and calming tools as well baskets that hold table supplies.

  • $995 goal

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My Students

We focus on creating a sense of community in our school by building a well-rounded, respectful student. We also have a wide diversity of learning and emotional skills that has been made even wider with the trials that they have faced with the ongoing COVID-pandemic. I strive to create a classroom environment that is supportive to all skill levels and promotes a respectful community.

In this class, students can celebrate their progress in English language arts and feel safe and supported in the learning process.

They want to learn contextual clues to become better readers, develop their ability to decode words, investigate new topics about which they will read and write, and reach for a connection between their learning in the ELA classroom and their outside-the-classroom life.

However, their ongoing processing of all the changes throughout the pandemic has hindered their bandwidth of being able to reach for all the challenges that the classroom presents. They want to be able to accomplish great things and celebrate; they need to have access to more supports to do so.

My Project

Throughout the pandemic, I have seen students go through a range of emotions from excitement in being back to trepidation in returning to insecurity in their skills. In the classroom, I want to support both the education and emotional wellbeing of my students by providing a positive, growth mindset environment in which they can feel safe to make errors, pursue their reading goals, and connect their English language arts knowledge to the outside world.

A calming corner and easy access to their necessary tools will help support my students in being prepared for our everyday challenges and feel more confident in our Covid-pandemic environment.

The calming corner will be surrounded by bookshelves and a table to hold the magazine racks. On the shelves, students will find small fidget toys as well as word search books that allow them to take a moment to recenter. Baskets will hold small wooden puzzles that activate visual problem solving to allow a student to change tasks for a break while writing. Timers there will also help the students self-manage their refocusing time.

For everyday use, the partial classroom set of headphones will be used when we are using a teaching video or making a video on our learning platform. The purchase of these headphones will ensure that we have access to them even when all sets are checked out from the library. In order to allow students easier access to materials, the baskets will be used at each table center to hold classroom materials like whiteboards and pencils. By having these materials available, students can feel more confident and prepared to learn.

Ms. Cance
Grades 6-8

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Cyber Acoustics Stereo PC Headset, 3.5mm Connection, in-line Control for Volume, Noise Cancelling Mic & Adjustable Mic Boom for PC, Mac & Tablets, Perfect for Classroom, Home or Office (AC-5002A) • Amazon Business $16.98 10 $169.80
Sony ZX Series Wired On-Ear Headphones, Black MDR-ZX110 • Amazon Business $9.99 15 $149.85
IRIS USA MR-W Wide 4 Pocket Magazine Rack, Light Brown • Amazon Business $39.99 2 $79.98
Obston Paper Organizer Basket, Plastic File Baskets, Colorful (6 Packs) • Amazon Business $24.55 2 $49.10
FF439 - Help-Yourself Supply Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
Sauder Beginnings 3-Shelf Bookcase, Highland Oak finish • Amazon Business $39.00 1 $39.00
Sensory Fidget Toys Set 7 Pack. Stress Relief and Anti-Anxiety Tools Bundle with Fidget Pad, Flippy Chain, Infinity Cube, Magnetic Rings and More, Fidgeting Game for Kids and Adults Kill Time • Amazon Business $15.99 2 $31.98
Galaxy Stress Balls for Kids - Pack of 50 Bulk - Squeeze Anxiety Fidget Sensory Balls for Children with Outer Space Theme, Great Toys for Party Favors and Birthday Party Supplies • Amazon Business $26.19 1 $26.19
Jucoan 12 Pack Small Plastic Storage Baskets, 8.5 x 5.5 x 3 Inch Colorful Plastic Classroom Organizer Bin Tray, Stackable with Grip Handles for Bathroom, Drawers, Shelves, Closet, Office • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Coogam Wooden Hexagon Puzzle + Wooden Tangram Puzzle Pattern Blocks Gift for Kids Adults • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
PP882 - Fidget Poppers - Set of 4 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
LM134 - Calming Colors<sup>&reg;</sup> Bins - Set of 4 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
Glarks 4 Colors Fruit Style Hourglass Sand Timer Clock 5mins / 10mins / 15mins / 30mins Sandglass Timer for Kids, Classroom, Kitchen, Games, Brushing Timer, Home Office Decoration Timers • Amazon Business $17.74 1 $17.74
Clip Connect 100 Pieces | Diameter 1.5", Interlocking Solid Plastic Building Blocks Set Early STEM Educational Toy for Preschool Kids Boys and Girls, Promotes Fine Motor Skills & Sensory Development • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Liquid Motion and Sand Timers 3 Pcs Bundle, Fidget Sensory Toys, Calm Down and OT Tool Kit for Kids and Adults with Autism, ADD, and ADHD, Plastic and Glass Lava Lamp Bubble and Original Hourglass Set • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
You Are Awesome!!! Positive Affirmation Cards 52 Fun confidence building messages for reflection of why you are an awesome human, and those around you! Spread these positive affirmations! • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
60 Pcs Magic Twisty Worm Wiggly Twisty Fuzzy Worms on a String Magic Worm Toys for Party Supplies,12 Colors… • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Carson Dellosa Calming Strategies Bulletin Board Set—Calming Strategies and Mood Charts for Social Emotional Learning, Homeschool or Classroom Decor (7 pc) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
24 Pieces Fidget Pencil Topper Plastic Pencil Fidgets Colorful Fidget Pen Flipper Pencil Top Fidgets Assorted Fidget Tool Spinner for Anxiety Release • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Large Print Word Search Puzzles: Over 200 Puzzles to Complete • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Gmajdar Pop Fidget Toys Pack Anti-Anxiety Stress Relief Tie Dye Push Pop Bubble Fidgets Toys Rainbow Simple Toys for Kids Adults 2 Pack (Circular + Square) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Around the World Word Search Puzzles • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

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