Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Teaching Tuesday: Teachers Pay Teachers

What I am sharing today is probably not a secret to many of you teachers. Teachers Pay Teachers {click on the name for the link} has really caught on thanks to Pinterest and teacher blogs. If you don't know about it, allow me to change your life. This is the all-time greatest resource for teachers, in my opinion. 

What is it, you ask? The website calls itself an "open market place for educators where teachers buy, sell, and share original teaching resources." What is it really? Heaven in a URL. Basically, teachers create things for their classrooms, then upload them to the website for you to use! The ideas and ready-made resources are limitless. Need a unit on penguins? Simply search it, and you'll find thousands, if not tens of thousands, of ideas for centers, crafts, bulletin boards, games, worksheets, full units, you name it...already created for you. You simply download, print, laminate {cause you know you have to laminate everything anyway!}, and use it. There are also a lot of great resources for classroom management, clip art, newsletters, songs, posters, etc. You can download the file to your computer or flash drive, but you also have access to it through the website once you purchase it. So, if you buy something on your home computer, you can always access it through a work computer if your tech department allows that. In a nutshell: It's super cute, creative stuff for your classroom in a fraction of the time it would take you to make it yourself. 

What do you need to know? You need an account, which is free to sign up for. They send out weekly emails on Sundays usually offering sales or discount codes. There is often a sale for each major holiday as well. Tons of items are free, but many you must purchase. The price can range anywhere from $1 to $20+ depending on what you're buying. One potential drawback is that you must spend a minimum of $3.50 to purchase something. So, if you're like me and are sometimes looking for that little idea at the last minute, be aware that you might have to spend a little more to get it. There is a way for you to purchase multiple licenses  if you find an activity you want to use with your whole grade level. You'll just pay a little more.

You also earn TpT credits by providing feedback on items you purchase. Once you have a certain number of credits, you can use that toward the fee for items you want to purchase. There's a detailed explanation of this on the website. 

I thought I'd also share some of my favorite shops. These are shops I have bought from before, and would definitely recommend. {Click on the name to be taken to their TpT store.}
Be sure you also check out any teacher blogs you read. Many of them will have links to their TpT store somewhere on their blog. 

So, do you already use TpT? If so, who are your favorite sellers? I'd love to get some new recommendations!

Happy shopping! 

PS Tell your husbands I'm sorry for the sudden outflow of cash. :)

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