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!
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.
We know we’ve been teasing you with information about this resource for days now. We definitely needed that pressure from you wanting to see the completed product to push us to finish it. The display pieces have been ready for weeks, but writing our teacher guide was a task we set aside because it wasn’t as fun to make!
The basics on our system… We’ve seen many teachers implement jobs in their classroom, but students were not getting anything out of them. They would do their jobs while dragging their feet or brag about being the messenger for the week. When we took a step back and really looked at the potential of classroom jobs we realized that these jobs should be about more than just getting tasks done.
Using jobs in your classroom gives you a chance to create a working community that values responsibility, teamwork, pride in work, understanding, and so much more! Our job system requires you approach students with their jobs by showing them the value and importance of each person’s role. In one word, our classroom job system is about community.
How is this system beneficial to the teacher?
By assigning every student a job, you are automatically making your day a little easier. After students understand each job and its duties, there will be twenty little things (like passing out papers or alphabetizing) that you will not have to worry about. This system also helps create bonds in your classroom that will lead to a strong community.
How is this system beneficial to the students?
With our system, every student has a job. This shows the students that they are all important parts of your classroom community. If they did not wipe down the desks, someone will end up with sticky fingers. If they did not take care of the books in the library, it would be difficult for anyone to find what they are looking for.
This system instills a sense of responsibility and importance in each student. Your students will feel more ownership towards the classroom and in turn with take pride in keeping a fun and clean environment.
This resource is full of goodies and we already want to add more! A few things we plan on adding are…
*Letter to Parents
*Classroom Helpers Manual with Salary Included
*Classroom Helpers Manual Mini-Book
*Specific Performance Reviews (job description included, checklist with duties, fun graphic etc.)
*More choices in Classroom Applications and Warning Write-Ups
You may be thinking… If you’re adding that much why are you posting the resource now?
We love and appreciate all of you! It has been our goal to have a fully functioning system ready for you to buy BEFORE the back to school sale. We want you to save that 28% when purchasing this product. We can’t wait to hear your ideas and suggestions to add to this resource. Like any of our other resources, we will constantly be revising and updating this file.
So, yes this resource will be bigger and better soon, but it also is ready to use as is! By purchasing the Classroom Job System this weekend, you will be saving money during the sale, but it will also be at a lower price because we haven’t added in all those extras yet. Grab it now and download the updates in a few weeks for free!
A few days ago, you might have read our post with some time saving tips to use with your students throughout the school day. We’re back again with tips specifically for the teacher. Hopefully these tips will help you spend a little less time in your classroom before and after school.
We are so excited to announce that we will be joining in on the huge site-wide Teachers Pay Teachers Back to School Sale on August 18th-19th! This is such a great opportunity to grab any items on your wish list for an awesome price!
All of our products will be 20% off and if you use the TPT promo code: BTS13 you will get 28% off everything in our store!
Have you checked out our store recently? We’ve added some fantastic new resources this summer. Our biggest selling items this month have been all about behavior. We have over twenty themed behavior charts available and a set of editable behavior charts!
We had so much fun creating these colorful Special Days Calendar Cards! When you purchase calendar cards from a teacher store, you typically get a couple of holiday cards but they do not even begin to cover all the “special days” like book buddies, field trips, or early release days! Our Special Days include 168 cards and cover nearly every special day possible. As always with any of our products, if you would like us to add something additional to this pack we would be more than happy to accommodate to your needs.
If you missed our fabulous August Facebook Frenzy last weekend, then you missed out on grabbing this fun paper bag book activity for the beginning of the year. This is a great way to get to know your students – but it is also a fun reminder to pull out at the end of the year to see how much your students have grown and changed. We have included directions on making the paper bag book and guarantee it is simple! The book creates ten pages on the inside if you use all of our inserts.
This is the best time of year to grab our Magic School Bus resource. So many teachers use and see the value in these fun and educational videos, but some concepts are hard for students to pull from the story line. We created this with those wandering minds at heart! After watching all 52 episodes we created a note-taking page for each one. There is also a little extension activity included for each episode. We know the price tag is a little higher on this resource, but it is definitely worth the money! Normally you pay $0.39 per episode, but with this sale each episode will only cost 28 cents!
We’ve been diligently working on our Classroom Job System. We’ve seen many teachers attempt to delegate jobs to students and seen their plan backfire. Essentially the success of setting up classroom jobs is all about approaching students in a way that makes sense to them. We have spent the summer researching and developing a way to introduce jobs and build a working community in your classroom.
This weekend we’ll be posting more about the philosophy behind our job system and how to set everything up. Here is a sneak peak at the upcoming product!
Tell us one thing from our store that is on your wish list and why in the comments below. We will choose one person at random to win their wish-listed item today! Be sure to leave your email address in your comment so we can contact you if you win!
Time management is a huge part of teaching. Check out these tips for saving time during the day with your students.
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!
Wow! The August Facebook Frenzy was such a success. We welcomed over 400 new teachers to our Facebook page! If you made it through the Frenzy, you know there were some amazing free resources offered by over 70 fantastic teacher-authors.
We originally began hosting the Facebook Frenzy to offer our loyal fans some great freebies. We never could have imagined the huge event this has turned into.
On our Facebook page, we asked your opinion of the last Frenzy and definitely took your thoughts to heart. Here are some hints about the September Frenzy:
What would you like to see as the flash freebie tomorrow?
It’s here! The giveaway runs from July 12th through July 19th. Check out the three awesome prize packs below – the links to all the prizes are under the pictures. Every single is prize is in each store’s top ten sellers! All three winners also have the choice between our Charlotte’s Web Book Unit or our Radiant Rainforests resource. Thanks for all your support!