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Ms. Stoppa from Cicero IL is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Pay Attention to This Moment with Curiosity!

My students need engaging and effective tools to practice mindfulness in order to build their social, emotional, and behavioral competencies in all settings.

  • $804 goal

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My Students

I provide intensive social work support for students placed in the emotional support program. My students face challenges with impulse control, emotion regulation, disruptive behavior, and executive functioning, but they use humor (memes, anyone?), ingenuity, creativity, and their reasoning brains to build their skills and competencies.

What makes these students particularly special is their willingness to face their fears and to do the hard emotional and behavioral work necessary to exceed their own expectations.

They are most engaged and willing to take risks when we do kinesthetic activities, play interactive games, create meaningful art, and solve puzzles.

My Project

Mindfulness is paying attention to this moment with curiosity. Mindfulness can be practiced through giving attention to the breath, any of your senses, sensations in your body, thoughts, feelings, or really anything that the moment presents. Judgments happen, but when practicing mindfulness, we notice without attachment, letting judgmental thoughts slip away.

The materials in this project will serve to engage my students to practice mindfulness as a foundational skill to raise self-awareness, tolerate distress, regulate emotions and behaviors, and engage meaningfully with others.

The yoga mats and related materials will allow for mindful, breath-based movement practice. The wedges and therapy bands will provide sensory input, strengthen focus, and reduce anxiety. The tapestry will hang in the space designated for calm down time. The other resources (fidgets, puzzles, juggling balls, etc) will either be used regularly in the classroom for body/brain breaks, or will serve as incentives for meeting their behavioral goals--including the V5s, or as my students like to call them, the sexy pens ( a crowd favorite).

Ms. Stoppa
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
TOPLUS Yoga Mat, 1/4 inch Pro Yoga Mat TPE Eco Friendly Non Slip Fitness Exercise Mat with Carrying Strap-Workout Mat for Yoga, Pilates and Floor Exercises • Amazon Business $25.99 9 $233.91
Bouncy Bands for Elementary School Chairs (Black) • Amazon Business $13.95 5 $69.75
Silent Mind ~ Antique Design Tibetan Singing Bowl Set ~ Great For Mindfulness Meditation, Relaxation, Stress & Anxiety Relief, Chakra Healing, Yoga, Zen ~ Perfect Spiritual Gift • Amazon Business $35.97 1 $35.97
Gymnic Arte Plus Ball 30" • AKJ Education $33.58 1 $33.58
Fidget Balls - 3 Pack • AKJ Education $29.69 1 $29.69
Busy Fingers Tangram Gel Puzzle • AKJ Education $26.99 1 $26.99
Lean N Learn Wedge Cushion-Blue-13" • AKJ Education $26.99 1 $26.99
Lean N Learn Wedge Cushion-Green 10 inch • AKJ Education $26.09 1 $26.09
Pilot 26015 Roller Ball Pen, Nonrefillable, Extra Fine, 7/PK, Assorted • Amazon Business $10.58 2 $21.16
Toysmith Deluxe Zen Garden • Amazon Business $20.48 1 $20.48
Yoga and Mindfulness Practices for Teens Card Deck • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Nature and the Forest's Ultimate Landscape Enjoy this Visual Feast Home Decoration Tapestry (Brown, 78Wx59L) • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
JSKY Metal Aluminum Infinity Cube Fidget Finger Toy - Pocket Size - Infinite Cube Relaxation Stress Reducer for Anxiety Relief and Autism Adult and Kids (B) • Amazon Business $18.90 1 $18.90
SET OF 2 Yoga Exercise Adjustable Straps 8Ft By Pete’s Choice | Thick Cotton With Durable D-Ring For Pilates & Gym Workouts | Hold Poses, Stretch, Improve Flexibility & Maintain Balance | BONUS EBook • Amazon Business $8.47 2 $16.94
Tangle Set of 3 Jr. Original Fidget Toy • Amazon Business $13.25 1 $13.25
Learning Resources Answer Buzzers, Set of 4 • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Wooden Puzzle Fidget (4-Pack) • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
ArtCreativity Juggling Balls Set for Beginners by (Set of 3) | Durable Juggle Ball Kit | Soft Easy Juggle Balls for Kids and Adults (Multi-Colored) • Amazon Business $7.97 1 $7.97

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