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Back to School with Tech & Art!

$1,115 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 22 people in 4 months
Created August 26, 2018
Back to School is an exciting time of year for me and my desire is that it will be for my students as well! Teaching is my life and my passion. I wake up each day excited to go to work and take joy in not just teaching, but learning with my students. My students, or "scholars" as I call them, call me Miss Lukins, and each day we dive into the process of reading, writing, researching, and simulating history in my class. I have been a Language Arts and World Geography teacher at De Anza Academy of Technology and the Arts in Ventura, CA now since 2001. I have taught both 7th and 8th grades and am currently teaching 7th grade GATE. I absolutely LOVE my job! Yes, it is challenging work at times, but my greatest reward is seeing my students succeed and enjoy the process of learning! I lie awake at night creating new engaging lesson plans in my head, and I love to incorporate as many artistic projects for students to express their creativity, especially being at a "technology school" with one-to-one computing (each student has a netbook). I'm looking for funds to continue encouraging the creative process in my class and supply my students with arts & crafts supplies to make literature and history come alive! This money will be used throughout the year to supplement art projects and continue stimulating student curiosity, innovation, and creativity. I am so appreciative for any donations--big or small--as it means the world to me to see a smile of excitement and success on my students' faces. 

Check out how tech and art are used in my classroom already here: 
D.A.T.A. Scholars Blog 

Check out my teacher website here: 
Miss Lukins's Classroom Website

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Update 3
Posted by Monica Lukins
4 months ago
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We met our goal! Thank you to all who contributed and collaborated in this effort to ignite creativity in our classroom! ‍ ✏️

I want to share the AWESOME work your students have been doing in my class so far this school year. It has been so much fun to get to know them and to see them work so effectively in collaborative groups (both chosen by students and chosen by the teacher) to showcase their learning and demonstrate their creativity.

Check out the "Utopian Society Project" student examples here:
http://datascholars.blogspot.com/2018/09/utopian-societies.html

Check out the "Narrative Art - Telling History through Art" starts to team projects here using donated art supplies, the 3D printer, and the CNC router to carve (STEM in Language Arts & World Geography!):
http://datascholars.blogspot.com/2018/09/narrative-art-tell-history-through-art.html

Thank you again to all who have contributed and to all of you for partnering with me in your students' education at home!

Sincerely,

Monica Lukins
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Update 2
Posted by Monica Lukins
4 months ago
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Wow! Only $100 away from our goal! We're almost there! Today students had a blast sharing their "Utopian Society" projects with their peers during our class gallery walk. There is more fun to come thanks to your generous donations! Check out the "utopia" creativity in the photos below and at this link: http://datascholars.blogspot.com/2018/09/utopian-societies.html
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Update 1
Posted by Monica Lukins
4 months ago
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I enjoyed going shopping this weekend for art supplies and recycled reading books to inspire my students to get creative in their projects and independent reading book reviews! Thank you so much, donors, for your generous giving! We are almost to our $1000 goal! Please share this campaign if you can and are willing!
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Raised by 22 people in 4 months
Created August 26, 2018
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