Many elementary teachers would love to give their students the stars, but lack the funding to do much more than the norm. If you find that the lack of cash keeps you from giving your students the educationally rich opportunities you would like, apply for a grant. With grant funding, you can give your students experiences that they would not get in the average classroom.
Much emphasis is placed upon getting students up to the academic content standards. Under the No Child Left Behind Legislation, all schools should get their students to this level by 2012. Because there is such an emphasis currently on getting students to these standards, applying for a grant with a program aimed to accomplish this goal is a wise idea. Look through your students' previous test scores, and identify areas of weakness. Develop a detailed plan to meet each of these areas and create a list of things you would need to make these plans reality. When applying for your grant, reference the student test scores to prove your need.
Upgrading your classroom is a great way to engage your students and ensure that they have access to tech-rich learning tools. Develop a plan for classroom improvement, creating a want list of things that you think would make your classroom more educationally sound. Research these desired items, looking specifically for evidence that their addition improves student learning. Reference the gathered evidence when writing your grant.
Engaging your students in the creation of an uncommon product will give them real-world experience in task completion. Develop a plan for a task that would be educationally sound, but is not something that elementary students would normally do. For example, have your youngsters set up a garden and tend to it as they learn about science and plant life. Plan a community art project in which they craft sculptures to place around the community, beautifying the space. The more distinctive your plan, the more likely it is to garner the attention of the grant committee.
Meeting Student Needs
Students can not effectively engage in learning if they have basic needs that are going unmet. If you teach in an area where families struggle to provide the basics for their kids, consider making this the focus of your grant application. For example, apply for a grant to fund a youth clothing program for your students and others who attend the school. By doing so, you can make a difference and potentially help the impacted children better focus on their school work.
Erin Schreiner is a freelance writer and teacher who holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. She has been actively freelancing since 2008. Schreiner previously worked for a London-based freelance firm. Her work appears on eHow, Trails.com and RedEnvelope. She currently teaches writing to middle school students in Ohio and works on her writing craft regularly.