Check out this wonderful site. You will definitely find something you need!
We Are Teachers is a site to behold, pun intended, ideas, communities, and resources. It is a site that shares ideas by teachers for teachers. Thousands of teachers get together on this site and share teaching ideas and best practices. I am pretty new to We Are Teachers, so I haven’t had a chance to explore it as fully as I want to. But one thing did catch my eye, the chance to win a grant for my classroom, just for posting an idea! How cool is that? This just doesn’t happen once, this is something they do all the time! You have to check it out yourself. Here’s what they’re about: “ WeAreTeachers provides a powerful online community for teachers, combining the expertise of our member community, the resources and knowledge base of our partners and the momentum of social media to recognize and reward innovative teaching ideas. With thousands of teaching ideas submitted for cash and prizes, WeAreTeachers offers a unique forum for innovation and collaboration.”
What a great idea! I discovered them earlier this year and I love this organization. Someone said to themselves(or a group of people, who knows?), what can I do to make it easier for teachers to get money for all the wonderful things they do? How can I provide them with the funds they need without any out-of pocket expense? How can I help those, who want to help teachers, find teachers in need? I know, I’ll create a site where donors can choose what project they want to fund! At least, that’s my version of what happened. 🙂 But, this is what they do. All you have to do is have a project in mind, go to their website, put in the asked for information, and ” Voila!” Okay, not everyone gets funded, but at least you stand a fighting chance. I needed 30 headphones and mouse pads for the wireless laptops my school received. I posted on DonorsChoose.org and, no kidding, within a month I had funding for 30 mouse pads and 30 headphones. One of our donors was students who wanted to give to others! Also, I almost didn’t get my headphones because of a mix-up. I wrote to Donors, they stepped in, and I received 30 headphones. Edmodo, in correlation with Discovery Education has stepped in and have a page that publishes teachers’ projects, all you have to do is email them your project information. I have another project on Donors, I want wireless mice to use with the Office Mouse Mischief program, which I hope gets funded. But even if it isn’t, Donors has given me a chance to get what I need for my classroom, with no out-of-pocket expense!