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Ms. Pekah from Macomb OK is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Professional development

Teaching the Unmotivated, Hard, and Disconnected

I need help me become a better instructor to those students that have worse attitudes, excuses, conflicts. These books are the top recommended addressing these issues.

  • $200 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students come from rough backgrounds; several of my student situations include removal from the home due to drug usage or criminal misconduct. For my students' poverty and misfortune is a norm. Most either live in foster homes, are being raised by aging grandparents or have moved in with friends.

Our drop out rate in high school is extraordinarily high, and most of our students struggle with attendance and performance.

They see survival as a priority, not an education. I just want to be able to help motivate them.

My Project

After seven years, I have experienced my hardest year of teaching. Pushbacks, cursing, excuses, lack of motivation, theft, gossip, lies, and disrespect. I need to strengthen my bag of skills. I can only imagine how generations further could get if I don't learn now how to deal with my hardest classes now. Please help me to address these difficult regions that need the most support. These things are not taught before we become teachers. This isn't about my ability to teach subject matter, but to engage and rise above hurdles that keep my students from learning. Help me become a better teacher.

Ms. Pekah
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Kagan Cooperative Learning • Amazon Business $44.00 1 $44.00
If You Can't Manage Them, You Can't Teach Them • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
Take Control of the Noisy Class: Chaos to Calm in 15 Seconds (Super-effective classroom management strategies for teachers in today's toughest classrooms) • Amazon Business $18.96 1 $18.96
Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives • Amazon Business $14.85 1 $14.85
The Fun Teacher’s Tool kit: Hundreds of Ways to Create a Positive Classroom Environment & Make Learning FUN (Needs-Focused Teaching Resource) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Fun Teacher’s Tool kit: Hundreds of Ways to Create a Positive Classroom Environment & Make Learning FUN (Needs-Focused Teaching Resource) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Classroom Management Success in 7 days or less: The Ultra-Effective Classroom Management System for Teachers (Needs-Focused Teaching Resource) • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64

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