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Ms. Schussler from Danbury CT is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Beauty in [Binding] Math Together

Help me give my students binding combs to create homemade textbooks and keep their notes organized as well as materials required to succeed in the math curriculum.

  • $253 goal

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My Students

My students have a variety of different learning abilities, as well as diverse backgrounds. Many of my students come from countries around the world which makes it difficult to learn when they are immersed in primarily English speaking schools. However, I'm fortunate enough to teach a subject that is has its own universal language, math.

Over 80% of the students in my school are on free or reduced lunch, and about one in four students receive English Language Learning services.

These students come from low socio-economic areas with many language barriers that make it frustrating for students to work hard and may not be successful due to the lack of resources. As a result, the ESL population becomes discouraged, disengaged, may refuse opportunities, and attendance is decreased.

In order to change these typical norms that students are unfortunately provided with, change needs to happen in the classroom, not only by building relationships with the students, but by providing them with opportunities to grow through technology for individualized learning to target and meet each need.

My Project

Last year, we were fortunate enough to find a curriculum that is free for our school to use. It is a great curriculum for math that allows students of all backgrounds to make connections and incorporate reading strategies for cross-curricular learning. However, our school cannot purchase the student workbooks required, so the math teachers and I are working hard to create homemade textbooks out of our own materials and the printouts from the curriculum provided.

With your help, my fellow math colleagues and I are asking for binding combs in order to make our homemade textbooks and workbooks for our students for each unit as well as small storage bins so that our students can use materials required for the new math curriculum.

As we begin to create our homemade workbooks, we notice that students are referring back to their prior work in order to make connections which is the whole purpose of this idea. It allows students to not lose their workbooks and create connections and references for the students to use.

The students are becoming more engaged with these workbooks because they are able to not only make the connections, but to use hands on materials that the curriculum requires. As a teacher, I am noticing that these students are really pushing through the difficult math challenges that they usually face and persevering through them. The students are also more respectful because of the hard work that the teachers are putting in to create these workbooks for them. The classroom is starting to become more of a community because they are working together with the new curriculum and the tools that they can manipulate to find the answers.

Ms. Schussler
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Fellowes 52326 Plastic Comb Bindings, 1/2" Diameter, 90 Sheet Capacity, Black (Pack of 100 Combs) • Amazon Business $7.50 20 $150.00
Magnet Dots • Teachers' School Supply $4.99 1 $4.99
SMALL UTILITY CADDY PURPLE • Teachers' School Supply $3.99 1 $3.99
Small Utility Caddy Red • Teachers' School Supply $3.99 1 $3.99
Small Utility Caddy Green • Teachers' School Supply $3.99 1 $3.99
Small Utility Caddy Blue • Teachers' School Supply $3.99 1 $3.99
Small Utility Caddy Yellow • Teachers' School Supply $3.99 1 $3.99
SMALL UTILITY CADDY ORANGE • Teachers' School Supply $3.99 1 $3.99

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