April 28, 2015

A few weeks ago, the Baltimore police severed the spine of a citizen who had apparently committed the crime of running away from a police officer. Mr. Gray died.

In the past few days, Baltimore has experienced a lot of protest and unrest.

I am saddened and I am frustrated. As small a thing as it is, I feel better when I go over to DonorsChoose, select a few science-related project in Baltimore schools and donate some money. I invite you to join me. Perhaps projects such as the following might catch your eye.

Ms. Robinson’s Books project at Yorkwood Elementary School:

As I continue building a safe learning environment now I’ve learned that emotions play a HUGE part in a students’ ability to learn. I want to help students express themselves emotionally by identifying how they feel, the cause that feeling and teaching them strategies to manage and regulate them.

Two resource books – Zones of Regulation and Social Thinking for Tweens and Teens. Zones of Regulation will provide the research behind it and teach me how to implement this strategy and share with our parent community and fellow colleagues. Social Thinking for Tween and Teens will help our mentors connect with our students participating in our Girls Social Group.

Finally, one yellow hokki stool and one red bean bag is needed to identify the color-coded zones. (I already have the other colors). These two additional seating choices will allow me to create two Zones of Regulation.

As we interact with the world and others, we respond emotionally leaving us with a good or bad experiences. Those experiences shape how we view ourselves, others and our place in the world. In this day and age, we live in a volatile world in which our students are apart, so it’s imperative that I help them to deal with their emotions and discover ways to cope or manage it for optimal learning and a lifelong skill.

Mrs. Edmonds’s Supplies project at Gardenville Elementary School addresses all six grade levels:

The materials in this project will be used throughout the 6 grade levels. Kindergarten and first grade focuses on plants and animals and living things, in which the different insects and plants will be used. First grade also learns about life cycles and the frog life cycle will be amazing for them to actually see these stages. The third grade life science focus is on insects and they will also be using the live insects. The fifth graders will learn about food chains and webs and will participate in dissecting the owl pellets.

I don’t usually gravitate toward the high school projects but Mrs. Reigel’s Books project at Carver Vocational Tech Senior High School seeks to use The Hot Zone to educate on biology.

My students love to read interesting things and have discussions. It is my goal to challenge them with reading materials, and engage them in discussions that relate to their everyday lives and the world at large. Reading “The Hot Zone” will cover many Biology topics as well as current events. Students will read, analyze, connect, discuss and debate the books this year.

11 Responses to “Baltimore”

  1. Former Technician Says:

    As someone who spent many years in the area, the whole situation saddens me. I received my first masters at UMAB.

    Thanks for giving me the suggestion and nudge to do something for the kids. I usually support projects close to where I currently live. I hadn’t thought of supporting schools in Baltimore. So many deserving projects! I supported 4.


  2. Patricia Janak Says:

    Thank you!!! I was just thinking of contacting you to post this because I recalled your former DonnorChoose posts after Ferguson – and I turn to your blog and you already have done so.

    Am also saddened and frustrated – good to do something to help.


  3. jmz4gtu Says:

    Great idea, DM. Certainly way more constructive than arguing with a bunch of racist commenters on the internet, anyway.

    I did: Let’s Get Moving! Making Machines in STEM Class

    Because they’re making catapults, and every child should have a catapult, because catapults are awesome. It’s even just a fun word to say. Catapult.

    I’ll also share this in the hopes of catching the eye of someone who actually makes some money.

    Also, if you want to check up on the school, this seems to be a useful resource:


  4. Sue Says:

    Great idea! Found one I could finish, so at least one teacher will get some good news today.


  5. […] dunno. Have we changed all that […]


  6. Sl1ck3st Says:

    As a young faculty at JHU, I really think it’s a great idea…So many kids here are really interested in science, and nicely, Hopkins also offers many programs, summer internships, etc for young talented scientists.


  7. Former Technician Says:

    All four of the projects that I supported were fully funded by this morning. So great to see the outpouring of support for the kids!


  8. Established PI Says:

    Thanks for posting this.


  9. drugmonkey Says:

    These three are funded but there are plenty more to choose from. Thanks to everyone who donated already, you are the people that give me hope.


  10. Namesaste_Ish Says:

    Oh shitte. I wish I read the part about giving you hope before giving. {Loads up broomstick heading for Baltimore to get my science fair boards back}


  11. drugmonkey Says:

    Whatever you say ya big softie! I know you love helping the children.


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