Category Archives: Teacher Tips

TpT Shopper Tips & Tricks

We’re here with a few tips to help make shopping on Teachers Pay Teachers a little easier for you!

One way to make sure you never miss out on a great new product or even free item is to follow your favorite stores. To follow a store simply click on the red star next to “follow me” – if you are following the store, it will say “following” instead.

When you follow store on TpT, two things will happen. First, you will receive emails when your favorite sellers add new items to their store – both free and paid. Second, when you are signed into your TpT account and are on the homepage, you will see an area with “Seller Updates”. Instead of seeing random store updates there, you will now see your favorite sellers!

Most teacher-authors on TpT use various sources of social media. We love Facebook, Pinterest, and blogging especially! Typically you will find a link to one form of social media in our storefront.
For instance, in our store, if you click on the orange “Creation Castle” words the link will take you here to our blog. Then on our blog we provide links to various sources of social media.

Have you ever stumbled upon a product that you think will work for your class perfectly but you aren’t sure it has everything you need? There is a great feature on TpT that allows you to ask a seller a question before you make a purchase.

If you’ve already purchased the item and have questions, you can still contact the teacher-author this way. Chances are they have also provided an email address to contact them at in their product as well.

This is probably the most important and helpful tip we can give you! Every time you leave feedback on a product you purchase, you earn one TpT credit for every dollar you spend. You can then trade your TpT credits in for money to put towards your future purchases! Every 100 points is equal to $5.00 – but you can use your credits anytime you want, you don’t have to save credits to save money.
Speaking for TpT teacher-authors, we also love to hear feedback on our free items. Try to remember how much time and effort these sellers put into each item in their store.
We just added this Classroom Posters Freebie to our store and have loved reading your comments!
Our final tip is just to help you more easily find products within stores. Every store will be a little different, but there are some similarities across the site.
Every store has the same four viewing options – Most Recent, Best Seller, Rating, and Price. Anytime you visit a store, it automatically shows the items in order with the best selling item listed first. That can be a great way to get to know a store you’re not familiar with, but if you’re a regular shopper you might not need our Veterans’ Day Resources in August… or April 😉
Some store choose to create custom categories to help you navigate their products a little easier. For instance we place all our custom orders in one area. That way if you are purchasing your custom order or thinking about having one made, you are one simple click away from those products.
You can also narrow products by grade level, subject, price, and resource type.
We hope you’ve found some of these tips and tricks helpful! Happy shopping 🙂

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Time Saving Tips Part 1

Time management is a huge part of teaching. Check out these tips for saving time during the day with your students.

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Typically the beginning of the year, you will be introducing a lot of new things to students. Not only do you go over school rules and procedures, but you will also be introducing your students to the way your classroom runs. Admit it, we all have little nuances in the way we prefer classrooms to be run. Spend those first few weeks teaching, modeling, and practicing these routines and procedures. By taking a little extra time at the beginning of the year to get things running smoothly, you will be saving yourself countless hours of repeating yourself twenty times in ten minutes gently reminding your students the way things should be done.

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Before school starts or within the first few weeks of school choose how you want your students to come in each morning. Should they get all the chatter out of the way as they walk in the door? Do they need to be getting out materials? Will they be getting to work the moment they step foot in the class? After you have decided what they need to be doing, figure out the best way to get the administrative tasks done quickly in the morning. Set up a way for students to tell you who is absent and what they are having for lunch. Forget about wasting fifteen minutes by having students raise their hands for their lunch choice. Little Tommy is never going to figure it out what he wants if you keep giving him the chance to raise his hand.

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Unless you are crazy organized, chances are you still are completing tasks when students begin walking into your classroom. Stop what you’re doing, greet them at the door (always start your day off positive!), and then have an independent activity or something engaging ready and waiting for them. This will cut down on student chit-chat and those wandering kiddos telling you all about their silly dreams and what they had for dinner.

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A lot of teachers like to be in the drivers’ seat. In order to contain the crazy keep students on task in your room, you need to be a little controlling. However, just because you are in control, that does not mean you have to do everything! Your students are at school about eight hours a day – hold them accountable for tasks in your classroom. Let your students pass out papers, stack chairs, or sharpen pencils. Find simple tasks that you are okay with students doing and know that they can handle. This will free up some time in the day for you AND it gives those pesky early-finishers something to do!

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Music class starts at 10:30. It takes 2 minutes and 24 seconds to get to the music room. It’s 10:20. What do you do?
How often does this happen to you? You wrap up a great engaging lesson only to the look at the clock and realize your extension activity takes 15 minutes minimum and you only have 7 minutes. Find some quick and easy time fillers to use during transitions. Find a fun video about blends or create some flash cards on a topic you are studying. Give students something to do in those extra few minutes you find in your day. Rushing students out the door to get somewhere on time creates chaos. Quitting an activity to early so you don’t have to rush creates chaos. Find the balance between the two during your transitions.

What are some time-savers you use during the day with your kiddos?

We’ll be covering more time saving tips specifically for before and after school in part two!