Category Archives: grants

Great idea for a New Year

A great idea for a new year of classroom activities can be found at a blog on We Are Teachers.  Why not check it out.  While you are at the blog site, you could click around to some great ideas and even grant ideas. 

Everyone knows a teacher is always busy with many things but do your self a favor this year and investigate some websites that might spark an idea, brighten your day or lighten your perspective.

Perhaps someone out there has some ideas to share with us.  Go for it!


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Do you have an idea worth sharing?

Do you have a classroom idea worth sharing?  It might just win a grant or prize.  The We are Teachers website offers just that for teachers.  If you let us all know and we like your classroom idea we can cast our vote for you and your project.

This site is great for hands-on teachers who want and need new ideas and the simple technology or supplies to accomplish it.  The grants are not huge, but they might help you get that flip video recorder or a set of e-readers or …..  You need to check often because new grants are always listed.

Do yourself a favor and visit and subscribe to We are Teachers.


Students Design Solutions, if You Let Them

Calling all teachers interested in project based learning and helping the environment.  There is an opportunity for you and your students to register to be part of the “Design Your Own Planet” competition Planet Challenge.  If your students’ project is selected, you receive $500 to help you carry it out.  Registrations due December 23, 2011.

There are many opportunities out there for “projects” developed by students like the St. Louis’ The Big Return.  The Disney Planet Challenge is limited to environmental projects and it seems to link very well with the curriculum.  What ever type of “project” you allow your students to develop, it is a great way to develop those 21st century skills.  Connect your lessons to real life and give students an opportunity to design their own learning vehicles.

Comment on this post and tell me and other teachers how your “projects” are going.  What great ideas have students developed?  Someone out there may want to help out and/or replicate the project in their classroom.  Students’ great ideas are worth sharing.


Could you use a Flip Camera or an IPod?

If you have a good idea about engaging students in math, science, or any other subject, this is a website for you.  It is for teachers of all levels.  It is a teacher blog that has sponsors who offer prizes for your ideas. 

The applications are simple.  Write in a few sentences what you would do to engage students in the topic at hand.  There are a number of grants available with a deadline of October 25th and some with a November deadline.  Usually there are three or more a month.

Check it out and see how easy it could be.  I know that there are great teachers out there who could take 10 minutes to write out their idea and submit – it really is that simple!

For those Primary Teachers out there, there is a request for how you might use Leap Frog in your classroom to promote literacy.  If you win you get money, an IPod, and a classroom set of materials to implement it.  Does this tweak your interest?