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Ms. Testa from Paterson NJ is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Small Group Learning Success!

Help me give my students hands-on tools and a comfortable learning environment for small-group instruction!

  • $545 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Meeting this group of wonderfully curious second graders has further inspired me to continue my work as a lifelong learner. My students are always eager to learn, even with varying levels of ability they meet challenge with enthusiasm, determination and persistence. Their growing confidence is a reminder that children are both resilient and capable, with potential to become future leaders of the world.

Unfortunately, my students' motivation to excel academically is met with the reality of the lack of resources needed for optimal academic growth.

Our school is in the center of Paterson, New Jersey, the third most populated city in the state of New Jersey, being home to more than 148,000 residents. This high volume and low-income district is lacking the resources and adequate funding needed to accommodate the vast number of students served in all schools.

My Project

As we prepare for the new school year, I am pushing to incorporate more small group instruction in my classroom. Small group instruction is proven to provide both an individualized and collaborative learning experience for students. The reduced student-teacher ratio allows educators to connect with individual students, reinforce concepts and assess comprehension. Small-group instruction is key to successfully implementing intervention strategies, being able to work closely with students on concepts they may struggle with.

Small-group instruction allows teachers to evaluate students’ learning strengths and tailor lessons to them, this gives us the opportunity to help students succeed with different strategies.

For instance, teachers may break down concepts not easily understood or breeze though lessons that students firmly grasp. Students' confidence also benefits from small-group instruction as some students struggle to participate in front of the entire class. The one-on-one attention they receive from small-group instruction activities can boost the confidence of students who may otherwise have a hard time with communication and/or self expression.

To begin, I am requesting the donation of a teaching table where my students can sit comfortably. The "kidney" table I have requested allows me to work with 3-4 students while sitting in the center to give them my full attention. The seating arrangement is also optimal for group collaboration. I am also requesting a set of teaching clocks, a topic which students would benefit from hands-on learning materials. These clocks will allow students to understand how to read an analog clock, this is something I've seen many students struggle with over time. I have also included additional materials which could aid my understanding and approach to intervention strategies in both mathematics and language arts. With these materials I plan on incorporating small group instruction into our everyday routine. I anticipate greater comprehension in all subjects!

Ms. Testa
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
TABLE - CS ACTIVITY KIDNEY 48X72 - BLACK LOCK EDGE/UPPER LEG - SPECIFY TOP COLOR - SPECIFY TABLE HEIGHT • School Specialty $244.27 1 $244.27
CLOCK - 4IN GEARED MINI S/6 • School Specialty $14.90 4 $59.60
BOOK W/DIGITAL CONTENT RTI SUCCESS GRADE K-12 • School Specialty $42.52 1 $42.52
RULER FLEXIBLE 12 INCH - SCHOOL SMART - 36 PER PACK • School Specialty $25.54 1 $25.54
BOOK ASSESSMENTS FOR DIFFERENTIATING READING INSTRUCTION • School Specialty $16.45 1 $16.45
22-30 ADJ LEG • School Specialty $0.00 1 $0.00
OPTION CLASS - CS ACTIVITY TABLE ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT OPTION • School Specialty $0.00 1 $0.00
GRAY NEBULA (PP) - CLASSROOM SELECT • School Specialty $0.00 1 $0.00
OPTION CLASS - CS ACTIVITY TABLE LAMINATE TOP COLOR OPTION • School Specialty $0.00 1 $0.00

Materials cost

$388.38

Vendor shipping charges

$38.84

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.83

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$463.05

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$81.71

Total project goal

$544.76

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$544.76

2 Donors

-$273.00

Donations toward project cost

-$232.05

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$40.95

match offer

-$271.76

Match offer toward project cost

-$231.00

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$40.76

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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