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Ms. Cooke from Rockville MD is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Sometimes Kids Just Need Some Space!

My students need a carpet that has defined borders so they can each have their own personal space.

  • $502 goal

This project expired on January 21, 2015.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

What a great class I have this year! They are so engaged every morning. They want to share experiences, ask questions, tell stories, and they are psyched to be at school. I feel honored to be their teacher.

This year my crew is a diverse group of (lots of) boys and (some) girls.

They have a lot of energy and a lot of enthusiasm, and I thrive on it. Most of my students are learning English as a second language, and love when I make sad attempts at Spanish. We are at a Title I school, meaning that a large population meets requirements for free and reduced meals. The teachers work hard. When I arrive at 7:30 each day, I am no where NEAR the first teacher there. When I leave at 5:00 pm, I am no where near the last teacher there. There is a strong work ethic here. Our job is never done, so it's hard to get in late, and it's hard to go home. Our building is open on Sundays, and "any given Sunday", you'll find me and a bunch of other teachers there. Many of my students struggle to find success, but I do think they know that we are NOT giving up on them. We want them to work hard, and we're working hard too. It's a good, kind, hardworking place to be.

My Project

As mentioned before, the kids are super in the morning. But we have a challenging schedule this year and have three straight hours of learning in the afternoon. The kids get a bit bothered by one another during this lengthy afternoon. When I teach whole group lessons, I frequently need to interrupt myself to take care of students bugging each other. One of the reasons for this "bothering" is that they are sitting on a remnant of carpet - from my house. They have assigned seats for certain activities, but because there are no boundaries (lines) on the carpet, they kids inevitably have a hard time respecting personal space. In another school I had the carpet I am now requesting. It was great - kids had their own defined square, and it was easy to group kids by color when needed. I also loved having kids pair up based on their squares, which I also numbered. This rug makes the kids more comfortable when sitting on the floor, but it also allows for instructional strategies!

If we receive this rug, we will most certainly have easier (but still long!) afternoons.

I plan to rotate my "first row kids" because this year they all seem to want to be there. Since the rug has colors, everyone will get a chance to be on their favorite color at one point (colors can be so important to 7 year olds!). This rug will keep the kids organized. They'll be more likely to use physical self-control (keeping hands and feet to oneself) since there's a perfect spot for everyone!

Ms. Cooke
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 17 students.

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TT483 - A Place for Everyone Classroom Carpet for 20 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $369.00 1 $369.00

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