Thursday, June 25, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge Week Two: Dare to Dream

It is Week 2 of the TPT Seller Challenge with the ladies over at Third in HollywoodSparking in SecondPeppy Zesty Teacherista, and Teach Create Motivate

The challenge for Week Two?  Dare to Dream 

I have four "dreams" or goals for TPT.

1) Inspire Others - I hope that my products and resources inspire other teachers and most importantly inspire students to expand their thinking and creativity.  

2) Continuously Push Myself to Be a Better Teacher - TPT and creating new resources inspires me to be a better teacher and to helps me strive to come up with interesting and creative ways to spark students' interest and motivate students to learn.  

3) Pay Off Student Loans - I love teaching, but I do not love the loans that I had to take out to become a teacher.  TPT is helping me to pay extra toward my loans each month.  I might not make much some months (especially these summer months), but that doesn't matter.  Slowly but surely those suckers are going down.  

4) Fund My Children's College Funds - Full disclosure: I do not actually have children yet.  One is on the way and we plan on having more in the future, and one goal my husband and I have is to help our children pay for college.  We may not be able to pay 100% of their college financial needs, but we hope to save enough to make any loans that they do need to take out manageable so that they can focus on other life, savings, and retirement goals.  

These four "dreams" help keep me grounded and motivated, and I look forward to what the future holds for me and this TPT journey.  

Sunday, June 21, 2015

TPT Summer Challenge Week One: Makeover Madness

I joined the ladies over at Third in Hollywood, Sparking in Second, Peppy Zesty Teacherista, and Teach Create Motivate for a TPT Seller Challenge.  

The challenge for week one?  Makeover Madness.  I instantly had big plans for giving several of my products a face lift, but I soon was thrown an extra challenge.  The keyboard on my laptop stopped working.  It already takes a decent chunk of time to create (and recreate) products for TPT, but not being able to type or use basic shortcuts has been quite the extra challenge.  

I was determined to make this work though, so with the help of my computer's handy on-screen keyboard, I was able to update one of my freebies.  

On-Screen Keyboard
Using my On-Screen Keyboard to Update my Reading Fluency Charts

What is an on-screen keyboard, you might ask.  Well, I don't recommend using it unless absolutely necessary because it is just that - a keyboard on your screen that you have to move your mouse to click on each letter you want to type.  It is rather time consuming.  

Even with this set-back, I persevered (after dragging my feet for several days).  So I present to you an updated version of my Reading Fluency Charts:

Reading Fluency Charts

Reading Fluency Charts

The cover had a face-lift and the charts themselves now come in two versions: one with clipart that will appeal to younger students and one with a simpler designed (without clipart) that will appeal to older students.

If you're interested in grabbing this updates freebie, head over to my TPT Store by clicking here: Reading Fluency Charts.

Let me know what you think of the new look and enjoy!

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