Tuesday, June 30, 2015

2nd Grade Network

I have been teaching 2nd grade for 2 years now going on my 3rd. It is amazing how much I have learned from other 2nd grade teachers through their blogs, Instagram, and Facebook Pages. The best thing about being a teacher is all the support and advice we receive and provide to our peers. I am always looking for new ways to teach things and how to organize the millions of things I have in my classroom. Yes I am a hoarder! Hehehe
I always wished there was a way to have all the 2nd grade teachers in one spot so I decided to create a Google Doc where teachers can add their blogs, TPT store, and any other social media. If you would like to add your information click on the link below the picture. Can't wait to network with everyone!!!

I love teaching 2nd Grade!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge: Dare To Dream

So I have to say being part of this challenge has definitely increased my stats and I am so excited. Here you can see what my stats were at the beginning of the challenge and what they are now!

As you can see my biggest increases were for Facebook and Instagram. I am so happy with the results so far.
TPT +43
Instagram + 36
Twitter + 8
Pinterest + 3
Bloglovin + 0 -- Now I am up to 8 so +6!!
TPT ^ +3

Now for Week 2 the challenge was Dare to Dream!

I thought really hard about why I want my TPT business to grow. Yes everyone wants extra money, but what were my reasons?

There are 5 reasons why I would love my TPT business to grow. Yes I know I am missing one, but I didn't want to crowd up the box and I think the last one applies to most teachers.

#1 Credit Cards and School Loans- My number one reason is to be able to pay off my 4 small credit cards and my BIG school loans from Undergrad and Graduate school. I really wish I didn't have the credit cards, but as we all know teachers don't make a lot and I struggle month to month with even buying food and gas.

#2 Pay Back My Parents- Ever since I got my first teaching job my parents have been very, very supportive with helping me move to a completely different state. They not only helped me move, but they have helped with the expenses and I have moved now will be 3 times since I have come to NC. They have always helped me even if I was short one month and needed a little extra money to buy food. I would LOVE to be able to pay them back at least half of what they have done for me. I have to say I am one of the LUCKIEST people to have the parents I have.

#3 Network with Awesome Teachers- Another reason I love TPT is because I get ideas from such great teachers!! TPT isn't all about making money, it's always being part of an amazing network of teachers who just want to make teaching/learning more fun and creative. I have learned so much from many teachers and I will continue to learn for many years to come.

#4 Become an Amazing Teacher- TPT also gives you the opportunity to become a better teacher. I am always trying to think of fun and creative lessons or activities that I think students would love to do and that teachers would just fall in love with. By being this frame mind I am always trying to better my own teaching.

#5 Stress-free Summer- And of COURSE every teacher would love a stress-free summer where we don't have to stress about working a summer job so we can pay the bills, but just sit and relax. We all know even when we are supposed to relax during the school year we aren't. We are busy planning for the next week, grading papers, laminating and cutting activities out and anything else school related. I would love to not worry about not being paid over the summer because my TPT income has helped me.

These are my 5 goals for why I would like to build my TPT business. What are yours???


Friday, June 19, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge: Week One Makeover Madness!!!

On Sunday I was so excited when I saw this amazing TPT Seller Challenge hosted by Teach Create Motivate, Sparkling in Second Grade, Third in Hollywood and Peppy Zesty Teacherista. This challenge is to help improve stats, gain followers and grow our business, which are all things I would love to gain.  This challenge consists of 4 weeks of challenges.

But first we had to get out beginning stats so we know how much we grow by the end of the challenge. The biggest stat I would love to improve is my TPT followers. My Facebook followers has been growing quickly the past few months. I have already gained 15 followers on my Facebook Page.

 This week our challenge was Makeover Madness!
I have been wanting to makeover a lot of my covers since I have so much more clipart and have been gaining a more creative skill with my products so I decided to start with one of my first products I made almost 3 years ago. I added cute clipart, made the direction pages more appealing, and made my "table of contents" interactive thanks to Teaching Madness who posted how to do it with Powerpoint.


Now this is only one of my products I made over and I have a "short" list of other products I was to update. Keep an eye out for the new look in my store. The above product is on sale for 20% until Sunday! Click on the above picture to be taken straight to my store.

I updated another cover page as well. One more off my list.

If you are someone who would love to improve your stats and gain followers it is not too late to join this amazing challenge!