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NYC Helpline: How To: Manage Your Classroom
View Instructional Videos for Teachers about Classroom Management

Classroom Management (Secondary)

A high school science teacher demonstrates how her structured and routine-based classroom environment is the key to success.

Classroom Management (Elementary)

An elementary school teacher guides us through her daily classroom routines and shows how consistency and structure are essential.

Classroom Management through Cooperative Groups

View two elementary school teachers demonstrate how they engage their students through group work to help them learn.

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Funding Our Classrooms
Carolyn Hornik

One of the difficulties we, as teachers, face is limited funds for classroom supplies. There is help out there. Monetary grants and donations of needed supplies are available to educators.

There are many community resources we can turn to in order to procure materials. Many local store owners are happy to donate materials and goods. For example, carpet squares for our meeting areas can usually be obtained for free just by asking a local carpet dealer. Pencils and paper might be donated by a local stationary storeowner. Publishers will sometimes send sample books, CDs, and DVDs upon request for teachers to examine before ordering. One teacher needed a supply of M&M’s for a math lesson. She wrote to the Mars Corporation and they donated individual M&M’s packages for each student in the class. (If you are a NYC teacher try Materials For The Arts, they offer educators materials and art supplies for free.) There are foundations, corporations and government agencies that offer grant opportunities.

The web sites listed below may be used to obtain information and applications for many grants. It is advisable to begin by reading the web sites that will guide an applicant through the application process. Applicants can use the same unit plans for various grant applications by adapting the plans to fit the requirements of each grant.

Grant Web Sites

Teachers Network Grants page
Grant listings for educators and tips on grant writing. Updated regularly.

An Educator's Guide to Beginning Grant Writing

Donors Choose
At this not-for-profit web site teachers submit project proposals for materials, books, supplies or experiences needed in order to boost student learning.

A categorized, annotated list of over 2000 sites to help educators enhance instruction and support the curriculum through grant programs.

National Geographic Society Education Foundation Teacher Grants

List of government agencies, national and regional grants from corporations and foundations, and state-wide grants from corporations and foundations.

Houghton Mifflin's Education Place
How to’s of grant writing and links to teacher grant sites.

International Reading Association

Disney American Teacher Awards honors teachers whose approaches exemplify creative in teaching and who inspire a joy of learning in their students.

Global SchoolNet Foundation
Grants to teachers who incorporate collaborative projects into their classrooms.

National Science Teachers Association
Get information and an application for Toyota Tapestry Grants. Grants of up to $10,000 each and a minimum of 20 "mini-grants" of $2,500 each are available to K-12 teachers of science.

Grantsalert.com provides lists of foundation and government grants for educators.

Valuable links to guide educators through the grant process and web sites that provide information on available grants.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
K-12 teachers who develop or apply science, mathematics, and technology into their curriculum may qualify for a grant of up to $200 per individual request to supplement their learning programs. Each school is limited to up to $1,000 per calendar year.


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