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Mrs. A. from Walton IN is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Self Control is the Goal

Help me give my students encouragement and joy through incentive rewards and mindfulness practice in the music classroom.

  • $306 goal

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My Students

Coronavirus pandemic...a year ago, we never could have imagined we would be here. A music classroom is truly affected by not being able to be together. My classroom is usually a bustle of activity and joy, but we are in a very different place now.

We are learning and loving music still.

I mainly use self-produced videos or YouTube to help my students with music concepts. It is a challenge because music is a group sport! Voices together are better voices, and it is nearly impossible to get that without the proper technology and patience, patience, patience.

My Project

Last year, I transitioned from an academic classroom teacher to a music classroom teacher for grades pre-k through 5. Many of my skills were transferable and helped me make the transition.

I knew going in that I wanted my music classroom to be different; I wanted it to be a place of peace and joy.

Based on some research I had done, it was so very evident that our school population needed mindfulness activities. Each class period begins with a short mindfulness activity, and I found that my options weren't endless. I often heard, "We've already done this one," knowing full good and well that these very students will watch the same YouTube video countless times. I wasn't content with "Well, watch it again". Some of these items will help me deepen my well of mindfulness activities to offer my kids.

As mentioned, I transitioned from an academic classroom to a music classroom. Many of my techniques went with me, but it wasn't long until I realized I needed more support and resources. Classroom management is very different, and it soon became evident that I needed some teaching for myself to make sure my classroom was a safe place of learning. Some of the items in this project will help me stay prepared for my students.

Mrs. A.
Grades 3-5
Half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Raymond Geddes Incentive Pencils (Pack of 144) • Amazon Business $15.70 7 $109.90
5800 pcs Teacher Stickers for Kids, Reward Stickers Mega Variety Pack, Incentive Stickers for Teacher Supplies Classroom Supplies, 18 Design Styles Including 3D Heart, face, Star, owl, Cupcake • Amazon Business $10.95 2 $21.90
5800 pcs Teacher Stickers for Kids, Reward Stickers Mega Variety Pack, Incentive Stickers for Teacher Supplies Classroom Supplies, 18 Design Styles Including 3D Heart, face, Star, owl, Cupcake • Amazon Business $10.95 2 $21.90
Mindful Games Activity Cards: 55 Fun Ways to Share Mindfulness with Kids and Teens • Amazon Business $16.41 1 $16.41
Mindful Kids: 50 Mindfulness Activities for Kindness , Focus and Calm • Amazon Business $12.94 1 $12.94
AmazonBasics Legal/Wide Ruled 8-1/2 by 11-3/4 Legal Pad - Canary (50 Sheet Paper Pads, 12 pack) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere • Amazon Business $10.59 1 $10.59
Classroom Music Games and Activities • Amazon Business $10.29 1 $10.29
101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young Children • Amazon Business $10.20 1 $10.20

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