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Mrs. Fisher from Knoxville TN is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Whatever It Takes To Cancel Out Distractions and Stay Calm

My students need noise canceling earmuffs to help them stay focused on achieving their goals rather than be distracted by their peers. They could also use a fun timer to help them relax in cool down.

  • $270 goal

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My Students

During a cultural competency training I was told that students (we call them scholars because we believe they are ALL college bound) who come from poverty enjoy background noise. So, I decided to apply this to all silent working times, but have found that this does not work for everyone. Some students find the instrumental music too loud or they just cant focus.

At-risk youth are typically always in survival mode and can be very defensive when they think someone is threatening their ability to focus.

"She is talking about me" and "He is getting on my nerves and wont quit making noises" are just some of the comments I hear multiple times daily. How can I expect my scholars to focus when they are annoyed and frustrated? Doesn't this defeat the purpose of learning?

My Project

Many of our students come to us tired, hungry, and sometimes angry from something that happened at home that was not in their control. The hourglass timer will allow students to calm down, while being timed in our cool down center which is busy around the clock. After they complete a think sheet explaining their anger, they can lay down and watch the sand slowly fall, allowing them to forget and then be able to move on with their day of learning.

The noise canceling earmuffs will allow our scholars the power of choice when it comes to their productive learning environment.

We want them to be in control of how they learn best by offering them some peace and quiet to focus in a room that is always busy. We already have privacy offices, but it often isn't enough for the student who is sensitive to noise and is easily agitated. We already have two pairs, but that is not enough because we want to allow them ALL the chance to learn in a way that is best for them.

Mrs. Fisher
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 32 students.

1 donor has given to this project.

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Earmuffs for Kids Toddlers Children - Hearing Protection Ear Defenders for Small Adults Women - Foldable Design Ear Defenders Adjustable Padded Headband Noise Reduction (Dark Blue) • Amazon Business $12.39 15 $185.85
5 Minutes Plastic On Time Sandglass Hourglass Sand Timer, Orange Precise Sand Clock • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99

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