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Mrs. Hanford from Fort Benton MT is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Top Ten Reasons Why We Need Desks (Last 2)

My students need two Smithsystem collaborative learning desks to allow for optimal student interaction.

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My Students

Fourth grade is always an adventure! We never know where our learning will take us. In our room, we're always looking for ways to meet the learning styles of kinesthetic, visual, audio, and logical learning. By the end of the school year, I want my students to see the value of learning something new.

Our class is made up of 25 kind, creative students who are eager to learn new material.

This year, my students have really worked towards persevering through difficult tasks. This is our favorite quote: "Be like a postage stamp, stick to something until you get there!" -Josh Billings

My Project

My students love to collaborate. For my project, I am asking for two diamond-shaped desks to complete a class set. These desks are designed for classrooms that will help students succeed in the 21st century. Each day, we use a collaborative learning curriculum. Collaborative learning is student-centered and my fourth graders are active participants in their learning process. With these desks, my students will work in pods that will allow them optimal student interaction.

If you had a window into our room, you would learn the Top Ten Reasons why my students need Smithsystem Interchange Diamond Desks to support collaborative learning.

10. When students are grouped in pods, they have their peers at their fingertips and can have discussions on science topics such as insect pollination and the pros and cons of farmers finding grasshoppers in their fields.

9. With these desks, they will collaborate with their peers on the best way to solve a math problem.

8. Through collaboration, students will see that there is more than one way to solve a problem.

7. Students will gain confidence as they explain their reasoning to the group.

6. Students will see the diverse perspectives of their classmates.

5. Students will build their oral communication skills as they work with their pod.

4. While in pods, students will collaborate on projects producing a higher quality product.

3. Collaboration develops higher level thinking skills.

2. Working together builds an atmosphere that encourages helping others.

And the number 1 reason is...

If we have Smithsytem Interchange Diamond Desks, it will create an environment of active, engaged, happy learners!

Mrs. Hanford
Grades 3-5
Half of students from low‑income households

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