A DonorsChoose Teacher Speaks Out

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Already, dear readers, you are making a difference. For example, today, a classroom in Tennessee learned that they will be able to learn how to see microscopic life because you donated enough for them to fulfill their funding request. Thank you!
Of course, I will be sharing all updates with you that they send during the upcoming school year.

Dear Grrl,
Hooray! I can’t believe my students will soon have a microscope! We are all so excited and looking forward to seeing our world “close up!” I feel so blessed to know that there are people who really care about my students–and me! It’s so easy to fall into the rut of teaching, but having fabulous resources like a microscope brings learning to life and makes my job so much fun–thank you so much! DonorsChoose.org has already made a significant difference in my classroom. My first project was funded last year, and one more funded project soon followed. These resources have improved my class in ways that I expected: the students are excited and eager to learn and they are learning more. However, I have noticed another encouraging development: many of my students are displaying more positive behaviors! I guess it makes sense that students who are bored in the classroom often act out, so having more hands-on activities is a great incentive for those particular students. Thanks to all who helped fund this project. My students send their thanks, too. They’re all smiling and knowing that someone cares about them! You’ve made our week! Mrs. G

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About GrrlScientist

grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to A DonorsChoose Teacher Speaks Out

  1. Bob says:

    $538?!!
    For a lot less than that you could buy enough lenses that each kid could make his own simple microscope, and learn about optics as well as biology. No wonder we spend more on “education” than any other country, and with such piss-poor results.