Donors Choose: How to get your project funded

Welcome friends,

Have you ever had an exciting idea or concept that was just a little too expensive to become a reality? Well I have had 4 different situations this past year of teaching thinking the same thing! But, I am going to share with you how to get fully funded on Donors Choose




I recently posted a project on Donors Choose for my Book Clubs.
I am currently using "Not So Wimpy Teacher" resources during book club, which you can get yours here for any fiction and nonfiction text.
After struggling with my great, exciting idea to use my favorite books like Wonder, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory during book club, I decided I would post the project to see if just one person and/ or anyone would give to my project. 

After 4 days, the project was fully funded! I want to share with you how to get your project fully funded with a few easy steps. 

1. Be the FIRST donation to your classroom 
This is YOUR classroom, idea and project; therefore, you should be the first person to give to your project and your idea. If you see a need, do something. It is that simple. 

2. The name of your title matters
When donors are going through the different projects available, the first thing they notice is your title. Please do your project a favor, and name it something fun so that your project can grab your audience's attention. Be creative! 

3. Write from the heart
There are several sections on Donors Choose you must fill out such as my students, my project and why you are posting the project. Speak from the heart when you are writing to show that you truly care regardless of what your request might be. You might just need pencils and clipboards, or you might be requesting a trip to the Ron Clark Academy. YES! :) I did both, and I will share my RCA experience in another blog post soon! 

4. Tell EVERYONE
That's right, tell everyone you know. Promote your project on social media and send emails to your friends/ family. Don't be hesitant to ask people for help. Don't worry, I struggle with this too. There are many ways that you can promote your project such as: classroom blog or wix site, twitter, instagram, facebook and mom/dad family members. Don't give up! 


I hope these steps have helped give you some ideas on how to get a project fully funded. Be sure to visit DonorsChoose.org to get your first project posted. 

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Classroom Management: Class Dojo


Hey Friends,



Welcome to my first blog post! I am so thrilled you took the time to stop by and see my site. I am jumping onto the teacher blogging bandwagon for a few reasons: 1. I just completed my first year teaching so I want to be able to share ideas/ new concepts in the teaching blogging world. I don't think I could have survived my first year without the help of some amazing teacher bloggers and teachers pay teachers' resources. I am very grateful for the community that the social media world brings! 2. Social media in the classroom. Whether we like it of not, social media is and will continue to be our future. I am choosing to embrace this new concept, and help my students be aware of creepers and cyber-safe, as well as learn new things to be able to implement in my classroom.



Today I want to share with you my favorite classroom management tool. If you've been living under a rock for the last year, you may not know about the incredible classroom management system called "Class Dojo."


In Texas, we are required to implement Personal Financial Literacy according to our State standards. There is no better way than with Class Dojo as my classroom economy system!  I will admit I was very nervous at first because how do you explain budgeting, savings, income, and credit to nine year olds? However,  The fabulous Peppy Zesty Teacherista has some wonderful resources- check out her recent blog post on her classroom economy system & super cute reward coupons!




Using the Class Dojo management system last year, I decided to create some fun Class Dojo rewards that are both coupons and QR codes.
You can download over 25+ Class Dojo themed coupons for $2.50 here on my TPT site. 

Here is a sneak peek for you to enjoy :) 








I use each one of the them on a weekly basis when my store is open because my students earn dojo points for their hard work in their classroom jobs, AR goals and participation punch cards.

Here are some examples that I love to use in my own classroom!


Miss 5th's Prize Pack



Class Dojo Rewards





I would love to hear your thoughts! What classroom management system do you use?
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