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Mr. McDermott from Milwaukee WI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Supporting Resilient Young Learners

My students need hands-on tools to help communicate their feelings, process their actions, and discuss how we can create growth and change in the future.

  • $293 goal

This project expired on September 16, 2018.

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My Students

Living on the northside of Milwaukee as a young person comes with a variety of obstacles. The northside is, unfortunately, Milwaukee's most neglected region of the city. As we know, with decades of neglect comes poverty, high incarceration rates, and violence, which can all have profound impacts on our young learners.

If I were to choose one word to describe the students I work with, it would be RESILIENT.

Despite these obstacles, our young people come to school and are eager to learn. However, sometimes they need just a little help with putting these troubling circumstances at bay so they can succeed in the classroom. Helping them process their thoughts, feelings, and actions provides them with a framework to succeed in the classroom, in the community, and beyond.

My Project

Trouble processing internal or external circumstances have the potential to adversely impact our young learners. When students need help with addressing these circumstances, providing them with alternative methods to doing so proves to be an effective way to create growth.

Games and other hands-on activities are a fun and interactive way to help students self-regulate.

The resources I've selected will help as I work with students individually, but will also benefit my work with students in large and small groups. Games like "Choices in a Jar," "Mad Dragon," or the "Totika Self-Esteem Game" give young learners a relevant and accessible platform to communicate their feelings, which provides a platform to discuss how we can create growth and change moving forward. Books, like the "CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents," "Fostering Resilient Learners," and "Ready Set R.E.L.A.X." expand my own toolkit so that I can be sure I'm providing students with the best possible help. I can also share this knowledge with school staff, to make sure we are providing consistency in how we approach our most vulnerable students.

With help, my students and I can create a comfortable and caring environment in which we can all grow, learn and progress.

Whatever help comes, thank you for it. You have no idea how long a ways your caring can travel.

Mr. McDermott
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 200 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Totika Self-Esteem Game - A Games of Fun, Skill and Communication - Includes a 48 Self-Esteem Card Deck and a 24 Bonus Blank Card Deck • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents: Over 200 Worksheets & Exercises for Trauma, ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Depression & Conduct Disorders • Amazon Business $24.58 1 $24.58
Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom • Amazon Business $24.26 1 $24.26
Cards for Calm A game of mindfulness to combat anxiety and negative thinking • Amazon Business $20.00 1 $20.00
Feelmo "Speaking Cards" - Social & Emotional Skills Development - Counseling Therapy Card Game For Children + Guide [Cognitive Behavioral Therapy] 36 Cards • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Mad Dragon: An Anger Control Card Game • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Ready Set R.E.L.A.X.: A Research-Based Program of Relaxation, Learning, and Self-Esteem for Children • Amazon Business $18.88 1 $18.88
Personal Strengths Thumball • Amazon Business $18.84 1 $18.84
Mindful Games Activity Cards: 55 Fun Ways to Share Mindfulness with Kids and Teens • Amazon Business $16.46 1 $16.46
Chill Skills In a Jar®: Anger Management Tips for Teens • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
How to Take the Grrrr Out of Anger (Laugh & Learn®) • Amazon Business $6.49 1 $6.49
Choices In a Jar® • Amazon Business $6.08 1 $6.08

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