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Mrs. N. from Tukwila WA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Systems Thinking Club (STim Club)

My students need sketchbooks and notebooks to record and visualize their thinking on daily basis. They also need posters to present and share what and how they think.

  • $786 goal

This project expired on January 1, 2016.

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My Students

Most of my students came with very different backgrounds, resulting in various thinking and learning styles. System Thinking Club aims to introduce thinking tools to the students to understand "details in the world around us, and to show why our social and physical systems behave the way they do.

Our school remains the most diverse high school in the country.

Most of our students are from low-income families due to their refugee and immigrant status. They are facing learning difficulties in the US schools. What is more, these teenagers need to acquire skills of thinking, in this complex world. Thinking tools play a crucial role in helping them better understand what is happening around them, and in make better decisions in their daily lives. Apart from thinking skills, it is very important to help my students with some organizing skills.

My Project

The club is expected to use Systems Thinking skills to address issues that are compelling to the club, to sub-groups in the club, or to individual members. Examples could be issues that are important to their community, whether government, business, for an apartment complex, or for another organization. Club members are expected to constantly record their thoughts, and to make connections about things happening around them. Club members will draw causal-look diagrams, to map out their thinking. Therefore, notebooks and sketch books are crucial. Then, they are expected to share with the club. Hence, posters, pushpins and notebooks are needed. Club members will assess each other’s weekly work, whether on exercises, or projects. Document organizers are needed to track their work. Since most of my students didn't have formal education before they came to the US. It is very helpful if they can have a globe and maps of US and the world.

With the experiences of the Club, my students will acquire skills of thinking, sharing and organizing.

These skills are very valuable in K12 education. I hope my students in the Club will be better prepared and equipped as world citizens for the 21st Century. They will further influence and help their peers better understand the world.

Mrs. N.
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 35 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Post-it Easel Pad, 25 x 30-Inches, White, 30-Sheets/Pad, 4-Pads/Pack • Amazon Business $75.48 1 $75.48
DecoBros Mesh Desk Organizer with Double Tray and 5 Upright Sections • Amazon Business $28.87 2 $57.74
Replogle Explorer Raised Relief Globe, 12" Diameter • Amazon Business $55.50 1 $55.50
Pacon Heavyweight Tagboard, 24 x 36 Inches, White, 100 Sheets (5226) • Amazon Business $35.57 1 $35.57
Mead Composition Book 12-Pack: 100 sheets, wide ruled, assorted colors (09918) • Amazon Business $32.55 1 $32.55
Smead Cascading Wall Organizer, 6 Pockets, Letter Size, Gray/Bright (92060) • Amazon Business $14.49 2 $28.98
DecoBros Mesh Desk Organizer with Double Tray and 5 Upright Sections • Amazon Business $28.87 1 $28.87
Pentalic Traveler Pocket Journal Sketch, 6-Inch by 8-Inch, Orange • Amazon Business $11.58 2 $23.16
Boardwalk K1840800 Kraft Paper 18" x 800 ft, Brown • Amazon Business $21.89 1 $21.89
Office+Style Premium Colored Push Pins - 240 pcs • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
Mead College Ruled Spiral Notebook, 1 Subject, 70 Sheets, 8 x 10.5-inch, Assorted Colors, 12 Notebooks • Amazon Business $17.62 1 $17.62
Swiftmaps World Premier Wall Map Poster Mural 24h x 36w Laminated • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
24x36 United States, USA Classic Elite Wall Map Laminated • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Smead Cascading Wall Organizer, 6 Pockets, Letter Size, Gray/Bright (92060) • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
Whitmor 6754-372-5 Plastic Magazine Organizers, Set of 5, Assorted colors • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Evelots Lot of 6 Magazine/File Holders Bins Flower Design Storage Folders • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
40 Magnetic Map Pins /Push Pins - Perfect for Maps, Whiteboards, Refrigerators - 4 x 10 mm (Assorted) • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
6 PACK:Mead Spiral Notebook, College Ruled, 1 Subject, (05512) • Amazon Business $11.75 1 $11.75
Sketchbook Drawing Pad for Mixed Media 4"x5" - Blank Spiral Bound Artist Sketch Journal - Premium Paper Perfect for Pencil, Watercolors, Markers, Art Projects, Kids & Gifts • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
BookFactory® SketchBook / Art Sketch Book / Sketching Book / Sketches Book / Sketch Notebook - 100 Pages, Clear Translux Cover, Wire-O, 5" x 7" (12.7cm x 17.7cm), Blank Format (BLA-100-57BW-C-SKETCH) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
DecoBros Desk Supplies Organizer Caddy • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
C2F Pentalic Sketch Traveler Pocket Journal, 8 by 6-Inch, Green • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Pentalic Art Traveler Pocket Journal Sketch Book, 8-Inch by 6-Inch, Purple • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Canson 9-Inch by 12-Inch Universal Sketch Book, 100-Sheet • Amazon Business $9.28 1 $9.28
Mead Académie Spiral Sketchbook / Sketch Pad, Heavyweight Paper, 70 Sheets, 9 x 6 Inch Sheet Size (54028) • Amazon Business $6.77 1 $6.77
Mead Académie Spiral Sketchbook / Sketch Pad, Heavyweight Paper, 70 Sheets, 9 x 6 Inch Sheet Size (54028) • Amazon Business $6.77 1 $6.77
ADVANTUS Aluminum Head Push Pins, Steel 5/8-Inch Point, Silver, 100 per Box (CPAL5) • Amazon Business $5.90 1 $5.90

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