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Manipulatives Make Math Meaningful! (say that 3 times fast!)

Several months ago at the TED Conference I received a $100 certificate to Donor’s Choose to help fund a project for a school community in need.

With so many worthy projects to consider, I ultimately settled on one called Problem Solving Produces Productive Citizens.  This 3rd grade teacher in a high poverty community in rural Kansas was looking for manipulatives, puzzles, and games to give her young learners hands-on math experiences.  Her description of the ways in which she sees hands-on learning translate to invaluable life-long thinking critical thinking and problem solving skills resonates so strongly with me and the work I do at ThinkFun!

Ms. Sutton writes, “Kids who can solve problems grow up to be adults who can solve problems and choose their destiny. The resources that I am requesting (manipulatives, puzzles, money, etc.) will provide with hands-on practice during rotating center time to develop this ability, empowering my students to thrive in the real world, confidently looking within themselves for answers rather than to me or other authority figures. Such students can and will shape their own futures.

Problem solving is a hard concept for children to grasp. If children can be presented problem solving activities in an hands-on daily approach, then it will allow them to work through everyday problems and internalize the skills they need to use to do this regularly.”

Clearly this project struck a chord with several other donors as well, and I’m thrilled to see it was fully funded and then some!  I recently received photos and a Thank You package from Ms. Sutton’s grateful 3rd graders and wanted to share a few of their sweet notes!

Thanks to Donor’s Choose for helping bring problem solving to life – and to TED for the funds to donate!

2 good deeds for the price of… $0

Here’s a fabulous opportunity to thank a teacher AND receive a free $5 donation credit to help fund a classroom project of your choosing!

Teachers today spend over $1,000 out of pocket to fund classroom projects, and with impending budget cuts this number will surely rise. Bing aims to help teachers get the materials they need to provide all students with a great education.

When you submit a comment about a teacher who positively impacted your life (or the life of a child) at www.bing.com/education, Bing will give a $5 donation to help fund a teacher’s classroom project on Donors Choose!

It’s super easy, simply:

  • Visit www.bing.com/education and submit a comment about a teacher who positively impacted your life or the life of a child you know.  You may comment on up to five teachers.
  • Receive an email from Bing with a $5 donation code and link to  Donors Choose
  • Choose what classroom project to fund with your $5 donation.

It’s simple:  Share a story about your favorite teacher, and pay it forward to another!

Which Donor’s Choose project did you choose to help fund?  Please share by leaving a comment!

A simple way to get in your good deed for the day!

Donors Choose is an incredible online charity connecting people to public school classrooms in need. Through Donor’s Choose, teachers communicate what they need to most effectively educate their students, and people like you help bring those classroom projects to life!

Here’s the best part… today only, donate $5 to the project of your choice… for free!

To encourage people to vote in their Earth Day photo contest, Microsoft Bing is offering a FREE $5 GivingCard to use at Donors choose!  VOTE TODAY!

The first 20,000 voters receive a $5 GivingCard to donate to the cause of their choice by May 20th.

Wondering how I spent my $5?  I donated to a teacher in Arizona who has been a great supporter and tester of ThinkFun programs.  She has a fantastic proposal to help purchase digital cameras for a project her students dreamed up, creating photo books that link mathematics and literacy, neat!  Check it out!

There are loads of worthy causes here.  Search by subject, need level, location, or keywords.  Please share this opportunity with friends and colleagues, and encourage them to vote TODAY!

Which project did you choose?  Leave a comment and share!