Getting Connected– In and Out of the Classroom!

Please check out my classroom project!

Please check out my classroom project!

http://www.donorschoose.org/Sburrell

Hello my Fantastic Bloggin’ Friends,

Exciting news from my 2nd grade classroom… we’re on a mission to add a few ipad Minis! This school year (and for years to come), I want to ensure that my students have what they need to succeed, so I’ve created a request on a 501(c)3 charity website called DonorsChoose.org. We currently have 8 computers for our classroom of 23 children. I’ve had up to 27 students in the classroom other school years, and the computers must be shared.

I’m asking for any donations possible for my students – no matter the size (seriously, every little bit counts). This week only, any donation you make to my project will be doubled!

If you can’t donate anything at this time, no worries… just share this information with anyone who you know is passionate about education. Your donation will have a direct impact on at least 23 students this year and you’ll hear back from our class about your impact!

One of my favorite quotes that has meant a lot to me in the last eight years since becoming a teacher ~ “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” ~ Arthur Ashe.

Many families in my school district are economically disadvantaged. It is often difficult to provide my students with real-world experiences and access to a variety of learning platforms without access to new technologies.

JCPS is a fun place to be! Our staff and students support each other and work collaboratively to build excellence and real success. Many of my students come from families who are struggling financially. Each family wants to provide the best school experience and education for their child, but there are many obstacles. Many of our students are more concerned about eating for the day, or feeling loved, than learning math facts. When they are with me I just want to show them amazing experiences about our world, but I often run into my own obstacles. Our access to technology is limited or non-existent. JCPS has made some strides in the last few years, but it is difficult to share 8 computers with 25 children. They all need the opportunity to practice individual skills through research-based online programs. My students want to explore and investigate. They want to create and design. Second graders are eager to learn more and participate. My students deserve the same opportunities!

We can use the iPad minis to enhance every subject. There are many apps that the students can use to create a project from their writing pieces- story boards, animations, voice recordings, editing, or sharing. We will use online books for my listen to reading station to help increase fluency and comprehension. There are also some phonics and sight word apps that I would like to use with some of my students who are struggling readers. One of my favorite ways to use an iPad is to practice math skills. Students can create patterns, record problem solving, practice skills, and create math projects. With three new iPad minis available, the device to student ratio would greatly improve. We would be able to do projects and activities online in partner pairs or small groups rather than taking turns. Students could use the iPad minis to practice individual skills and work towards their goals.

The donation of these materials to my classroom will show my students that there are people in the world who don’t even know them, yet care about their success. I believe that it is important for kids to learn about compassion, generosity, and gratitude as well as the subjects they learn in school. If these materials are donated to my classroom, we will be able to provide opportunities to these children that they would not have otherwise, such as connecting with people outside their community.

To have your donation matched dollar for dollar, enter the promo code SPARK on the payment screen. IMPORTANT: The SPARK promo code will only double your donation for the next 7 days.

Please feel free to send me any questions you may have, and know that my students and I greatly appreciate your support. I am also interested in other teachers’ experiences with writing grants… Leave a comment and share with me if you can!

Thank you again!

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About mrsburrell

I am a second grade teacher in Jasper County. I love being a mother, wife, and friend. My favorite hobbies are reading, writing, hiking, camping, running, and creating. I am always interested in learning new things!
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