The teaching community on Tumblr has helped me realize that I’m not alone. Education is one of the smallest/the smallest majors at my school and it’s easy to feel lost in this sea of people, many of them who are less than respectful of what we do. The support of teachers I’ve never met before is overwhelming to me sometimes. Many of you aren’t even art teachers but I’m inspired by you every day. This year has been particularly challenging for me. I just transferred to a school in New York City and I’m in my junior year. It’s been very hard to adjust to both a new environment and the level of work that is expected of junior-level art education majors. It makes my day to see that someone has reblogged the photos from my lessons. Knowing that what I’m doing is valuable in someone else’s eyes means the world to me, especially when I’m not getting that kind of positive feedback in class.
The teachers on Tumblr have also inspired me to better, both for myself and for my students. I know how hard all of you work, I wish other people could see that too. The featured posts in the tag have such a range of subjects- from do it yourself supplies, management techniques, to teaching with technology. Does Tumblr count as professional development?, because it should! I was part of the summer book club where we read Eric Jensen’s Teaching with Poverty in Mind. That experience has been invaluable to me. I’m teaching in a homeless shelter next semester and I know that the discussions and learning that I shared with the rest of the club will help me to build up students who need it the most. To all of you teachers in the trenches, teaching through poverty every day: you’re heroes.
If nothing else, you all make me laugh. After a really rough day in class, some one always posts a funny cartoon, anecdote, or story that makes me smile. I can’t wait until I have the chance to “speak Spanish like a boss,” and so many other little funnies that I read here. Whenever I feel put down about my career choice, my teaching, or my life in general, the teaching community on Tumblr has been there for me.
So this is my wishlist: I’m teaching without a lot of supplies next semester so any help is SO appreciated!
Awesome to hear!
Don’t forget to write your entry. Also check out her Amazon wish-list. This budding future teacher can definitely use our support. We really look forward to reading about your experiences coming up levinmoonflower!
Generally going to post at the beginning of the month, but since we’re halfway through September, jump on these while you can if you can crunch the time.
NOTE: Always check the guidelines. Some of these might be restricted to certain geographical areas. Some might have to go through a non-profit, so you might have to buddy up as a school or a teacher, though most of what I post here will be accessible to schools.
Deadline September 16th (IT’S JUST A NOMINATION GO GO GO!): The Great American Teach-Off
Nominate an outstanding K-6 teacher (yourself included) for a chance at a $10,000 classroom grant — 7-12 teachers get a chance come Winter.
From the site:
GOOD and University of Phoenix are proud to announce the launch of The Great American Teach-Off, a nationwide competition to celebrate teachers who are making a positive impact in America’s classrooms.
Here’s how it works: Click here to nominate an outstanding teacher for kindergarten through sixth grade*—it can be one you’ve had, your child’s, or even yourself—by September 16. We’ll select the finalists based on how he or she makes a positive difference for students; how creativity and innovation is fostered in the classroom; and what impact he or she has made on the greater school community.
Deadline September 19th: Make Your Mark Grant
Youth-led hands-on service mini-grant, $200
From the site:
“GenerationOn Make Your Mark Week (formerly Kids Care Week) is celebrated during the third week of October, this year October 16-22, 2011. The week inspires and mobilizes youth to use their energy, ingenuity and compassion to “make their mark on the world” through hands-on service to help others in their local and global communities. During the week, young people focus on issues that matter most to them by doing small acts or service projects that add up to making a big difference. Make Your Mark Week ends on Make a Difference Day, the largest national day of service.
Thanks to our founding partner, Hasbro, generationOn will award 200 mini-grants in the amount of $250 each to support service projects that enable youth to “make their mark” on one of the following issues: Animals, the Environment, Homelessness, Hunger and Literacy. We’re looking for projects that engage youth and other community members in creative solutions that make a positive impact on the Make Your Mark Week issues in local and global communities.”
Deadline September 30th: P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education Grant
For teachers integrating the arts into instruction, $1000
From the site:
The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education has grants available up to $1,000 to be awarded in 2011 to educators who need assistance to further their program goals.
Applications may be made for a grant up to $1,000 to support a new or evolving program that integrates the arts into educational programming. The purpose is to aid and support teachers who wish to establish an effective learning tool using the arts in teaching children who learn differently.
Deadline September 30th: Let’s Play! Playground Construction Grants
$15,000 construction grants to schools, communities, and organizations with a community ready to build a playground but lacking funds to do it.
From the site:
Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! are excited to offer $15,000 Let’s Play Playground Construction Grants to qualifying organizations using the KaBOOM!community-build model. Grantees will plan their project, and share best practices and challenges through the KaBOOM! website.
Deadline September 30th: Classics for Kids Foundation Stringed Instrument Grants
Bridges a funding gap: Amount variable depending on needs, must match some percentage of funds; quarterly deadlines (so don’t panic if you miss this one).
From the site:
Classics for Kids Foundation aims to bridge the funding gap and enhance school music programs by providing matching grants for beautiful new stringed instruments.
If your school or non-profit organization believes in the role of fine instruments in your program, and can show evidence of need and commitment to raising matching funds, you are a strong candidate for the Classics for Kids matching grant program.
That’s all I’ve got for now. Please let me know if you apply so I know what to keep posting. And if you GET one of these? Drop me a line and I’ll send you a congratulations card!
I need a craft with the color blue that can be done with brown paper bags. I have the kids take home the bags, put two things of that color in it, and then share it at school on Friday. Any ideas (pictures and links are welcomed)?