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Sonic & Donors Choose GIVEAWAY

I'm over at Babble today writing about 10 Good Parenting Things I Did. If it sounds like bragging, it probably is. You should go read it and comment. Here's a snippet of one of them:
2. My children have gay friends in their lives and I am unabashedly proud of them for not allowing any narrow-minded agendas stop them from that. When my nephew came out as gay my oldest son had just started attending a Christian church on his own (we had taken him when he was younger, but stopped going after our divorce). Mason asked me, “Did you hear about Kenny’s problem?” to which I replied “He doesn’t have a problem. YOU do. He’s your cousin. Do you love him any less today than you did yesterday when you didn’t know which sex he was attracted to? Because he loves you just the same. Don’t let what you’re hearing at church dictate how you feel about someone in your own family.” I am more proud of that conversation with him than many other things I’ve said to him before.


Last year I was fortunate enough to be able to help out Mr. Curry's classroom so his students could get iPod touches to use and this year I'm giving away $25 in Donors Choose dollars as well as a $20 gift card from Sonic thanks to a generous donation from the Limeades for Learning Program. It's fun to help give things away and I'm all for this program because it helps teachers.

This is my crappiest iPhone picture ever, but it doesn't negate FREE MONEY FOR CLASSROOM PROJECTS.

Let's make this an easy one (as usual!) to win. All you have to do is leave a comment about excellent classroom projects you've seen. For instance, my 8th grade teachers all engage in a History Fair project to teach students about research and bibliographies and they work so hard to make sure it's a positive experience. They bring in a lot of technology and last year a group of them wrote a grant to buy a green screen so students could "transport" themselves to anywhere in the world.

A winner will be chosen at random on Friday, September 23. Hopefully, you have a teacher in your life or in the life of your child that could use a little help! Good luck!
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Reader Comments (10)

Well, I'm not nominating myself but wanted to share a Digital Storytelling project I did with my 9th graders. Just got the final projects last Friday!

September 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

When I was in 6th grade, I made a model that had teepees and grass and stuff. I thought it was pretty excellent.

September 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermyblackfriendsays

I was so impressed when I visited an Advanced Placement history class once. As soon as the students entered the classroom, they were met at the door by their teacher telling them to go to one end of the room if they were Agrarians and the other if they were Federalists. The rest of the class time was spent debating the differences between Jefferson and Hamilton.

(Thanks for this! I love *Donors Choose*)

September 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebKaren

Ok, so it's not really a classroom. It's my office and the residents in it. All of our residents have one-half day of continuity clinic per week and are assigned to a day of the week for this. It allows them to grow relationships with patients and families and watch kids grow and develop over the course of their three years here. A few weeks ago, one of the third-year residents on my Thursday team did a presentation on transitioning care for teenagers to "adult land". As a whole, our office does a crappy job of this. There are tools and resources out there to make this work better. She identified this as a problem because of something that happened to one of her teenage patients. She lit a fair number of light bulbs in the room and now the whole team is going to work together on a quality improvement project to see what we can do where we work to make this better. She asked for my help with it because I'm involved with quality improvement projects of my own and while they know it's what they want to do, they don't know how to do it. It makes me beam with pride that they identified something they want to do as a team. It's rare because they're often pulled in so many different directions and doing a project is just one more damn thing they have to do. I'm excited for them and I can't wait to see how it turns out! Now I have to get crackin' on my QI primer for them...

September 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

You want me to remember school? My daughter is in preschool, so I'll go with one of hers. This week they are doing an apple week, before visiting an orchard tomorrow. Today they are making apple sauce. The kids get to help cut up the apples with plastic butter knives and then it cooks in a crock pot all day. This is my second favorite "make food" project. My favorite was making butter in elementary school by shaking jars. I grew up in the country, surrounded by farmers, so it was a fun way to connect to what everyone's parents did.

September 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmelia Sprout

I am sad to say I don't remember any outstanding projects...other than our science fairs, where somebody would have a volcano model, someone else a model of the digestive system, etc. My kids are not yet school age so I'm hoping to be impressed once they are there!

September 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I am from Florida, and I do a Florida project with my 4th graders every year. Each student had a different topic on Florida (a city, a lake, attraction, animal, famour person, etc) and had to put it all in a file folder. A report, picture, cover and model. Then, when all 20 something students turned it in, we all know about many different things in Florida. Lining them all up in the hallway looked great! It was very attractive, and the students learned a lot about their home state.

September 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne MIni

My kindergarten class always makes cards for the Veterans Hospital for Veterans Day. A rep from our local office comes to speak and collect the cards. We make cards with soldiers, poppies etc and always add, "Thank you for keeping us safe." It's one of my favorite projects.

Thanks for spreading the word about DonorsChoose. If I win, I will support a friend's project. She is requesting a listening center for her middle school ESL students.


September 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMJ

I did a read aloud project with my 7th and 8th grade students. They had to read to a child under the age of 8 several times a week for a month and write about the experience. It was amazing to listen as my students shared experiences! One saw a younger brother still and focused for the first time. Another said that her younger sister began meeting her at the bus stop in order to read. Several talked about trying unsuccessfully to compete with a TV and turning it off. Everyone learned so much! And, of course, the books my students checked out to read at home were courtesy of

September 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris Livingstone

Over the course of several years, I've asked my students to do many projects. My favorite ones were the dioramas. In 7th grade science we study weather, the human body, genetics, and famous scientists among many other topics. I never ceased to be amazed at the creativity the students demonstrated in their projects. I got some outrageous "active tornadoes," "blizzards," and "lego models" of just about everything you can imagine. My favorite, "the blizzard," was created in a box about 16 inches by 16 inches. It had an open front and clear wrap covering it. My student, Macy, had cut a hole in the bottom of the box and placed a blow dryer in it. She had a detailed town with mountains all around it. She'd placed iridescent snow flakes in the box for the snow. When she turned the blow dryer on, it looked like a real blizzard. A true winter wonderland. The other students, and myself, were in awe. We couldn't get enough. We watched that blizzard everyday for about a week. It was awesome.

September 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarla Kirkland

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