There has been a lot of discussion recently about Teachers Pay Teachers, with strong opinions both for and against. For me, TPT has been a blessing for my family, but more importantly I feel it has made me a better teacher. I started selling onTPT about a year ago. As I look back at some of my first products I will tell you I cringe a bit (and I have actually removed them from my store, lol)....they were not so hot!
How Long Does It Take?
I spend a lot (I mean a LOT) of time making each item from my store. It is not uncommon for me to spend an hour or more per page for every packet. That does not include the time searching for, buying or drawing the clip art used in the activities. I would venture to guess this is the same for any of the quality items that you may have purchased from any seller. I make sure the activities align with the CCSS and meet my student's goals and objectives. So, doing the math, each of my monthly homework packets is approximately 20 pages long and I would venture to say that 20 hours is an accurate guess on the amount of time it took me to make it. I have read the complaints from teachers saying that TPT sellers are greedy to not give away their products for free. When you walk into a "teacher store" do you expect to walk out with your purchases for free? Of course not, the same is true for TPT. However, the difference is, if you look carefully when searching you will find high quality classroom tested resources that your students (and parents) will love. I have traded products with many sellers, but I would never expect to get a huge packet or resource for free. The time spent making each product is valuable! And, many sellers give away freebies through their blogs or FB Fan Pages....but, that said...the products I have purchased have been priced very reasonably and were well worth the price.
What Do I Use?
Do I use every single activity, game or resource found in a packet....hmmm sometimes, but not always. I use what meets the needs of my current students. Do you do every single activity found in your favorite teacher magazine or resource book? Maybe...but more than likely no. You use what meets the needs of your students and aligns with your classroom goals and objectives.
Is Everything Great?
Are there some 'dud' products on TPT, well I'm sure there are, but again, the same is true for those aisles of products in the 'teacher store'. You buy what fits the needs of your students. The teachers I have met through TPT and blogging are some of the nicest and most caring educators I have met. They are very generous and often have giveaways of free activities, fund raisers for needy teachers and children, and are overall just fine, fine people. They care about kids!!
They are the teachers you wish you had in the classroom next-door!!!
Here's a little freebie for letting me stand on my soapbox for a minute.
I have an eclectic collection of doodles that never made it into a set so I will try to add one to every post. I also post to my FB Fan Page (Joy of Kindergarten) so be sure to check there as well.
Big Hugs to everyone heading back to school next week!