Back-to-school season is in full swing! Teachers are adjusting classroom layouts, planning units and lessons, reconnecting with one another… and submitting DonorsChoose.org projects for key classroom resources. Here are the top trending tools teachers are requesting this month to make sure their students hit the ground running!
Flexible seating: the hype is real
As teachers arrange their rooms for the first day of school, it’s no wonder that flexible seating is a priority. Of all the resource choices available, two stand out as the most popular: Wobble stools and balance balls. Check out example projects from all-stars Mrs. Robinson from Colorado and Mrs. Bright in California.
These aren’t your Bronze Age tablets
When it comes to tech items, tablets are the most-requested — often because teachers value their mobility and range of uses. Check out Mrs. Sarmiento’s classroom in Georgia for a great, basic request, and see how Ms. Tyree in Missouri uses tablets for differentiation. Tablets were also Mrs. Largo’s choice when she wanted to give her digitally hesitant students access to technology at school. The #1 tablet accessory? Osmo Genius Kits for the Apple iPad.
Basic supplies never go out of style
The basic classroom supplies teachers have asked for most this school year are pencils, glue sticks, and dry-erase markers. Even though these items are crucial and needed year after year, we sometimes we hear from teachers that they’re a bit stuck when it comes to writing about them in a compelling way for their request. Check out these projects from teachers who have cracked that nut: Mr. Godwin in Alaska explains why the basics are so important for his classroom. Mrs. Jackson in Georgia links her glue sticks to a specific, year-long project.
Ms. Kramer in Texas recently requested a subscription to TIME for Kids, and she’s not alone. News magazine subscriptions for students are very popular these days, and recently TIME for Kids has become the top choice for our teachers.
The DonorsChoose.org bestseller list
Across the country, classroom libraries are being built and refreshed with new books! R.J. Palacio’s instant classic Wonder continues to reign as the most popular choice. How many of the top 10 have you read?
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook & Carrie Hartman
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are by Maria Dismondy and Kathy Hiatt
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein
The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig and Patrice Barton
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts
The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill and Laura Huliska-Beith
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park
Learning in the wild
Okay, so field trips aren’t a specific material resource, but this request category has become so popular on our site that we thought it was definitely worth a shout-out. Field trips are many things to teachers: valuable, memorable, and even a little stressful. But, for students, they can be unforgettable. Our dedicated teachers are submitting creative requests for student field trips (that won’t break the bank!) Mrs. G. is taking her class to do research at the Wisconsin Historical Society, Ms. K will help her middle-school students improve their communication skills while completing a ropes course, and Mrs. Garbinsky in Arizona is taking her kids on an overnight to the desert!