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WW Georgia Teaching Fellow Inspires “Upper Level Science Questions” from Students Through Microgrant

Since 2015, WW Georgia Teaching Fellows have had the opportunity to apply for WW + Goizueta microgrants. The microgrants benefit not only the metro Atlanta Fellows, but also the schools and communities where they teach, their students, and the other educators with whom they work, providing rich opportunities unusual in high-need schools, even for veteran teachers.

Mr. Martin helps a student with her lab work.

Daron Martin, a 2015 WW Georgia Teaching Fellow at Piedmont College, used his microgrant to buy lab equipment for his classroom at Lanier High School in Buford, GA. The funds allowed Mr. Martin to purchase a class set of distillation kits for his 9th- and 10th-grade chemistry classes. Using the equipment, he developed a lab that not only sparked upper level science questions from his students, but also provided a hands-on learning experience for materials covered on a state test.

“The result of running this lab has added a greater level of buy-in to my classes,” Mr. Martin wrote in his grant report. “My students are asking more questions in the lab and have continued to make connections with what we did in our distillation to all the units that have followed.”

More information about the WW + Goizueta microgrants and other Fellows’ projects can be found in this booklet.


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