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Mr. Edwards from Westfield IN is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Social Emotional Learning Environment

My students need floor lamps, throw pillows, desktop waterfall fountain, and an area rug to create an environment of fearless exploration. Research is now showing that a learning area that reduces stress and enhances comfort is key to the growth of students.

  • $369 goal

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My Students

My students vary greatly in readiness levels and backgrounds. One thing they all have in common is a drive inside them and yearning for success. Some have not yet realized that yearning, but I can see it in them. Some of my students have not yet discovered that pathway to academic success or life contentment and need to be allowed to explore the way.

All students will succeed at times, all will fail at times, but all should be given the opportunity to function in an environment that will afford them the maximum amount of growth.

Outcomes, good or bad, are only markers of learning moments.

Almost all of my students look at succeeding one way -- getting good grades. They don't realize there is much to learn from mistakes. It's our job as guides to facilitate a learning environment that doesn't detract from the students' growth and fosters a classroom climate that celebrates the journey, as well as the results.

My Project

Our district, grounded in science-based research, is emphasizing the the education of the "whole student". This means that students should feel free to express themselves in every subject and find both creativity and grit in their learning. Classrooms that enable a creative and stress-free setting will benefit students in reaching their academic and personal potential.

Stress from the traditional class setting can be reduced, thus facilitating an environment in which students can be free to learn and grow.

Perseverance in tasks can be achieved through an inviting learning setting. Lamps that give off a softer light than the fluorescents, pillows that students can sit on for alternate seating, a fountain for a calming sound in the room, and a rug space sectioned with hanging beads to provide a place where students can sit and discuss mathematics are all items that help to create a classroom that is more attune to the students' needs. Every student, from the lowest readiness level to the highest can benefit from a focus on social emotional learning.

This doesn't mean there is a de-emphasis on curriculum content or focus on academic standards. Creating a more inviting classroom simply enhances the opportunities for students to fully explore each concept in a way that allows for greater understanding through a more authentic examination.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ikea 101.398.79 NOT Floor Uplight Lamp, 69-Inch, Black/White • Amazon Business $18.16 3 $54.48
Phantoscope Decorative New Luxury Series Merino Style Grey Fur Throw Pillow Case Cushion Cover 18" x 18" 45cm x 45cm • Amazon Business $11.99 4 $47.96
SereneLife Desktop Waterfall Fountain with LED Lights | Tabletop Water Decoration | Indoor, Outdoor, Patio or Garden Relaxing Tabletop Waterfall Decoration (SLTWF35LED) • Amazon Business $44.99 1 $44.99
LINENSPA Shredded Foam Reading Pillow - Perfect for Adults, Teens, and Kids - Velour Cover - 3 Year Warranty • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
32" Puff Blue Mandala Floor Pillow Cushion Seating Throw Cover Hippie Decorative Boho " This is a Cover only " • Amazon Business $11.99 3 $35.97
Eve Split Decorative Door String Curtain Wall Panel Fringe Window Room Divider Blind Divider Crystal Tassel Screen Home 100cm200cm (Sky blue18) • Amazon Business $9.99 3 $29.97
LOCHAS Ultra Soft Indoor Modern Area Rugs Fluffy Living Room Carpets Suitable for Children Bedroom Home Decor Nursery Rugs 4 Feet by 5.3 Feet (Gray) • Amazon Business $25.49 1 $25.49

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