I have chosen to include my grant writing proposal as my second artifact for this class. I’ve included this because I’m extremely proud of what my colleague and I came up with and how we have presented it. This was probably the most challenging part of the class for me. Before putting this proposal together, I literally had zero experience with writing a grant. I knew next to nothing about how they work or how to apply for one. I confess that when I first looked at the resources that were provided, I was completely lost. I didn’t even know where to begin. I’m thankful that I had a colleague also in the class with me who I could work with. Together we learned a lot about the process and I think we came up with an outstanding proposal.
One of the hardest parts of writing a grant is to find one that applies to what you need in your classroom. There are literally thousands of grants available if you know where to look. I’ve learned that to get started you should “search for grants that are specifically aligned to your subject area, grade-level, type of need, or community to maximize your chance of being selected” (Classroom funding, 2017). It is not enough just to find a particular grant you want, but you have to make your proposal stand out and separate yourself from all the others also applying for it (3 Tips, 2018). I’ve learned several tips and tricks throughout the process for making my grant one that will stand out. I think that we did a pretty good job of that as we put our proposal together.
The particular grant that we put together involves purchasing virtual reality goggles for our students to use in the classroom. Many times in Earth Science, the only way to truly experience a topic is to be there and see it for yourself. Unfortunately, this is not an option for most of our students. Instead, we tried to think of ways to bring those ideas, places, and experiences to them in the classroom through the use of virtual reality. We would design units in our class where students are expected to “visit” a location that is significant to the topics we are discussing. We really think that by doing these types of activities we can get the students engaged in the topics and much more involved in their own learning.
As I’ve mentioned above, by taking this class I have learned a great deal about grants and the grant writing process. This is a topic I have shied away from in the past because I was so unfamiliar with it and because it was such a confusing process for me. I won’t lie and say that I am now an expert, but I do feel much more confident in my ability to look for and apply for grants. I truly feel like we have put together a great proposal and I look forward to using in the near future. I’m excited to put it to the test for real and see what happens.
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