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Ms. Sartin from Chicago IL is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Stamps for Motivating Critical Thinkers

My students need motivational stamps to encourage them while working on our critical thinking warm-ups that support mathematical practices of perseverance, effort and precision.

  • $163 goal

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My Students

As a teacher in a low-income/high poverty school district in Chicago and former student of this district, I understand that my students are faced with challenges both inside and outside of the classroom. Despite those many challenges, the mathematicians that I enlighten are motivated problem solvers, curious about the world around us and destined for success.

My students are amazing middle schoolers stuck somewhere between cool and fabulous.

Many of my students are bilingual with English being their second language. They enjoy mathematics, and they are quickly learning the importance of teaching others how to fish instead of simply giving fish to our peers.

Just like most teenagers, my students love technology and socialization, and I want to use their interests to create a more efficient learning environment that fosters collaborative learning, open communication, developing their skills with technology and access to class materials that promote an inclusive class environment.

My Project

This school year, I have moved toward using stamps to praise each student during our daily warm-ups. During these warm-ups, students focus on Power Standards within our curriculum. These standards are the most vital standards as they bridge into learning Algebra concepts. They are expected to give effort with unfamiliar problems and cycle through them for the school year. Repetition is important to mastering skills. The stamps are given as praise for their effort, whether their answers are right or wrong. These practices encourage critical thinking skills and perseverance.

Middle school students LOVE getting stamps on their work and never hesitate to inform me if I somehow missed them as I walk through the class.

The stamps purchased through this project will be used daily for all three of my math periods. They are used as a positive reinforcement strategy to promote effort and diligence when problem solving. Often times children get frustrated and give up, but these stamps have been powerful in encouraging them to push through their frustrations.

I was shocked that stamping their papers daily would influence middle school students as much as it has already during our school year. This project is aimed at continuing to motivate students to work hard, give effort and provide feedback for student improvements for success.

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

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 65 students.

1 donor has given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ECR4Kids Colorful Self-Inking Recognition School Grading Teacher Stamp Set and Tray (8-Piece) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Educational Insights EZ Stampers • Amazon Business $12.76 1 $12.76
ExcelMark A17 Teacher Kit • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
TEKEFT Pack of 5 Sorted Teachers Self-inking Rubber Stamps Teacher Review Photosensitive Stamps for Education • Amazon Business $11.77 1 $11.77
Round Teacher Stamp - SOLID STAR - RED INK • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
Round Teacher Stamp - LIKE - Red Ink • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
Round Teacher Stamp - GREAT JOB (Dolphin) - RED INK • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
Round Teacher Stamp - SMILEY FACE 3 - Red Ink • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
Fixget 24 Colors Ink Pad Stamps, Creative DIY Rainbow Color Finger Water-Soluble Rubber Stamps Crafts Ink Pads Set Scrapbooking Printing Card Making for Kids • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
vanki 6 pcs Cute Cartoon Teachers Self-inking Rubber Stamps,Teachers Review Stamps(Different Colors) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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