Category «Donations»

Makerpreneurs and philanthropists!

A “quick” backstory: Several years ago, I wanted to shake up my Entrepreneurship course to give my students a real hands-on learning experience. My students had been creating business plans but they were too abstract for them to fully grasp. The plans could have required $1,000 or $100,000. It was simply more money than they …

It’s Giving Tuesday!

After the frenzy of shopping for several days in a row, why not celebrate a day of giving? Five years ago, Giving Tuesday was born. Created by the team at the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y—a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around the …

It was a great week for Donorschoose!

As you all know, I’m a big fan of Donorschoose, both as a recipient and as a donor. I am very strategic with how I post projects on Donorschoose. I always wait for the opportune moment – when there’s a special promotion, when I have gift cards, or when I know that I’ll have special …

Donorschoose Goal Met!

Over the past few years, Donorschoose.org and many generous volunteers have transformed my classroom. My students participate in various classroom activities such as STEM competitions, iPad guided technologies, and BreakoutEDU challenges. My classroom is well organized and clean. We even have “unplugged” days to play board games that reinforce financial literacy skills. All of these …

Another successful semester for my Entrepreneurship students!

Every semester, my Entrepreneurship students amaze me. They run a small business to learn how to run a small business. They learn by doing. They learn in a hands-on environment. They learn that a business doesn’t always run smoothly. And, boy, did they learn that this semester! The semester started off in the typical fashion. …

#BestSchoolDay and My 2017 Donation Goal

Today is one of the best days of the year for teachers – it’s #BestSchoolDay on Donorschoose.org! It’s a day when all donations are matched for classroom projects, making a huge impact on students. If you’re not familiar with Donorschoose.org, take a look at some of my previous posts (here, here, and here). I’m a big …

I support DonorsChoose.org, too!

As the tax documents for 2016 begin to roll in, I was pleased to see some graphs from DonorsChoose.org. The site categorizes your donations by several demographics. I am an avid user of DonorsChoose.org for my students, but I’m also a big supporter of my fellow teachers. Here are how my donations stacked up for …

BreakoutEDU in the classroom!

BreakoutEDU has really taken classrooms by storm. Using Breakout boxes sold by BreakoutEDU, or by assembling your own, you can simulate an escape room with students in your very own classroom! I am very thankful to have a rockstar student working with me this semester as a teaching assistant. He happens to love escape rooms …

#GivingTuesday

I hope that everyone had a relaxing and filling Thanksgiving! In the past few years, the momentum of Black Friday has been extended to other campaigns. We now have Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday! If you’re thinking ahead about how you may want to give back, please consider making a small donation …

More Kiva.org repayments!

We just received repayments on three of our Kiva.org loans! It’s great to see that the entrepreneurs we supported are doing well and are repaying their loans as expected. Since I incorporated Kiva.org loans in my Entreprneeurship class, my students have loaned $375 to aspiring entrepreneurs in other parts of the world! I’m so proud of my …

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