Donors Choose for Private Schools?
As a few of you may know, I advise the Yearbook club at my school. I also work in a very economically disadvantaged area on the border of DC and MD.
I work at a Catholic school, but it functions under a different model than most Archdiocesan schools in that, in order to qualify for admittance, our students’ families must fall below the poverty line. In order to supplement tuition, then, students work one day out of the school week in a corporate work study program—they’re employed at law firms, non-profits, hospitals, and universities all around the DC Metro area, and the corporations for which they work pay the school, who, in turn, provides their education. The time is made up in extended school days and extra courses, so our students have a LOT on their plates to balance (and I admire them so!).
That being said, since money is certainly an obstacle at my school, our Yearbook club only has one camera.
I have so many students who are so excited to be involved, but without resources, it’s difficult to balance the who-goes-to-which-events-when and who-has-the-camera-when-whatevers when 25 students are sharing only one. Phone cameras aren’t a given, either, as many of my students don’t have one.
I’ve been perusing the internet for options to acquire funding of some sort to get a few, and, although I know many teachers have been met with success using Donors Choose, it is strictly for public schools.
My question is this: do any of you know of any education-focused funding sites that can be used for private schools? It would absolutely make my students’ DAYS to get a few more cameras and to really be able to teach photojournalism and what makes a GOOD photo. They overcome so much and work so hard for their education—I just want to do whatever I can to help them out, too.
Hello I have become my mother.
I know it’s only(?) 8:30 and I still have time, but I am not prepared for school tomorrow.
My Pa passed away last weekend.
He is, without reservation, one of my favorite people in the whole wide world. He immigrated from Poland to Detroit where he grew up absolutely destitute. He started working at age 12, selling shoes in Hamtramck and sweeping factory floors after closing time. He became the President of his high school class and was one of only three who went on to college where he played football at Detroit Mercy. He was a successful accountant and Vice President of a manufacturing company and overcame so much discrimination and adversity and heartbreak to do it.
He loved his family, boats, his cottage, and Chavez. He taught me how to play Euchre, how to Polka, and how kiełbasa and Czernina are made. He was the strongest man on earth even when dealing with debilitating arthritis, kidney failure, and diabetes but you would absolutely never know it.
I will miss him always. This week was so full of celebrating his life with my beautiful family, and I could never ask for any more. He did everything for his family and loved us so, so much. I am absolutely grateful for such a loving and hardworking grandpa 💕
Creative Writing activity today hey hey.
Today we reflected on our strengths and weaknesses as writers: I created a list of 9 characteristics of successful writing and then asked students to rank them in order (1 being their strongest trait as a writer and 9 being their biggest opportunity for growth). I also had them include a brief rationale explaining/justifying their choices.
I color-coded the rankings (with warmer colors being strengths and cooler colors being weaknesses and green right in the middle) and, incrementally, students placed their colors under the corresponding chart paper around the room.
We finished up with a discussion on what our strengths (creativity and word choice) and weaknesses (sentence fluency and clarity) are as a class (I participated, too!). I asked them to write a reflection at the end, as well. I’m going to use this information to (1) create lessons tailored to what they need (I mean I already knew for the most part after reading all that they’ve written, but I think it’s a good, reflexive activity for them to see themselves), and (2) match up peer editors according to strengths/weaknesses to hopefully improve collaboration! :)
Also, reblogging myself because like, inception: this is kind of what I did to kick off the unit yesterday :)
So I did this thing today and it actually worked out pretty cool.
We’re starting our writing unit which is way intimidating to me because I’ve never taught freshmen writing and I have some students who are BEAUTIFUL writers while others (many) haven’t been in the US for more than a few years and are still learning the language. And then, as you can imagine, I have students absolutely everywhere in between. Like all over the map.
So I think I’m going to break it down like this: focus on words, then sentences, then paragraphs, then essays. I started yesterday with a strengths/weaknesses activity that I did last year for Creative Writing along with a pretest, so that worked to activate our focus shift to writing.
Today, I hung 7 pieces of chart paper around the room with the word “word” written in a different language on each (hey thanks, Google Translate ily). While students were working on their warm-up, I gave each of them a note card with a word on it, and their task, then, was to get into those groups and come up with a definition of the word “word” (then they guessed what language their word was in just for funsies).
They came up with some really good ideas! AND they were actually curious to find out the actual definition afterwards, so I’m down. We followed it up by jotting down the actual definition, reviewing parts of speech, and learning about connotation and denotation and being specific with language. I’ll also throw in some mini lessons on homophones, ambiguous pronouns, and contractions to round out the “word” mini-unit before we work on sentences next week :)
Best thing? As they were taking notes and I was dorkily gushing about how words are symbolic, I bursted out with, “Guys, you CAN’T even tell me this isn’t the COOLEST thing you’ve ever learned!”
…to which one of my coolio students who is difficult to engage replied (ever so coolly) “yeah, actually.”
So I feel pretty cool about that :)
Thank you. Sincerely, sincerely thank you <3