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Monday, July 14, 2014

TpT Sellers Conference: Best Day Ever!

Those of you who follow Minds in Bloom know that I rarely write about topics that are not directly related to, and useful for teachers. But I am making an exception today because the last few days have been so amazing and profound in my life and because I thought those of you who use Teachers Pay Teachers might enjoy a look behind the scenes.

Last Wednesday I flew to Vegas for the very first Teachers Pay Teachers Sellers Conference on Friday. I was a little nervous because I was slated to present two sessions, but mostly excited. A lot of incredible things happened over those few days. But I am going to keep it to just three.

Paul took this selfie of us! I was so honored and thrilled!
First off, I got to meet Paul Edelman, the founder of Teachers Pay Teachers. I was one of the first sellers to join TpT back in 2006. In retrospect, it was one of the luckiest days of my life. TpT has changed my life in so many ways, not just financially, but it as also given me the opportunity to share my work with thousands of teachers and students, and that is simply amazing to me. So, I was thrilled to finally have an opportunity to thank him (and to give him a giant hug!) and also to spend some time with some of the other members of the TpT team. 

Even if you are not a seller, if you have downloaded resources from TpT, then this man has impacted your life too. How would your life be different right now if TpT had never been founded? It is something to ponder because, as I heard one seller say (and I am so sorry, I can't remember who), "TpT has changed the landscape of education."

This is a group of 3-6 sellers I network with. Ari (AKA The Science Penguin)arranged a wonderful dinner for us all! How many do you recognize?
Second, I met so many amazing sellers! There were 746 sellers in attendance (which in itself was incredible). Some of us have been chatting in Facebook and in email for years and finally meeting was such a joy. We were Facebook friends, but now we are real friends. I also really enjoyed meeting sellers that I was not familiar with before the conference. Many sellers came up to introduce themselves. I was really touched by their kind words.  One theme that ran through the entire conference is that we really are a collaborative group. We help each other. We pay it forward. Often it was said that TpT is a family, and it really did feel that way. 
Presenting is fun! Photo from 3rd Grade Gridiron
This is all the presenters. Photo from TpT!
Finally, a huge highlight for me was that I got to present. Once by myself, and once with Laura Candler (who was wonderful to work with and wonderful to hang out with too! We had the best time together!).  The session I did by myself was first. This was my first presentation, but surprisingly, I wasn't nervous. I had done my presentation at least a dozen times for my dog and I really had it down. The room was packed...people were standing at the back and sitting on the floor. I found out later that they think there were nearly 400 people there. I did my presentation and it seemed to be going well...no one seemed restless, lots were taking notes, and they all laughed at the right times. It was really fun and I was had a great time. The next one was with Laura and it went really well too!  I got a lot of positive feedback, which I am only writing about here because several of the sellers who have done a lot of presenting told me that I should present at educational conferences. I am thinking about doing just that.

So, any ideas about what I might present on? Task cards comes to mind first. Would you want to attend a session on task cards? I could also do other topics related to ELA. Your feedback would be so much appreciated. 

Just one more picture to share with you. This was a gift for Paul from all of the TpT sellers. There were smaller versions for the TpT team members as well. 

Picture from TpT

I really do want to hear your comments. Here are some questions to ponder:
  • How has TpT changed your life and your teaching?
  • If you were at the conference, what were your highlights?
  • And, finally, what could I present at an educational conference that would be useful for YOU?
Thanks so much for sticking with me to the end of this post!



Read about more adventures in Vegas here:



Sunday, November 10, 2013

Teachers Thanking Teachers Massive Giveaway!


I was so excited when Mary of Teaching with a Mountain View and Ari aka The Science Penguin invited me to join their awesome Teachers Thanking Teachers Giveaway. Wondering why it is so awesome? Well first of all, there are 16 amazing giveaways - one from each of the 15 participating TpT sellers, and a big one for three $100 Gift Card to Target, Amazon, and Teachers Pay Teachers!

The easiest way to make sure you get in on all of it is to enter my contest using the Rafflecopter below, then enter THE BIG contest with the second Rafflecopter. Once you have done that, skip down to the link up at the bottom of the post and visit the blogs of the other contest participants and enter their contests too!



So, what am I giving away? Task Cards, of course. I am so thankful for task cards because they are super effective teaching tools, they save teachers so much time, and students absolutely love them!

The prize for my contest is:

20 Sets of Task Cards (valued at over $50)!

The winner will get 20 of my best-selling sets - cards for inference, informational text, math problem solving, reading strategies and more. Just for fun, I'll throw in a few sets for the winner to select. If you love too, are thankful for task cards, you will want to enter this contest! If you've never tried them, this could be a wonderful beginning. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now that you have entered my giveaway, be sure and enter the big one too! Then check out everyone else's giveaways. All of the contests end on November 17, so don't delay!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Gift Bag for You!

How does one even begin to express appreciation for teachers? I am personally in awe of each and every one of you who continue to dedicate yourself to your students despite the current ignorant and often hostile political climate. Your work is invaluable and I hope that the students, parents, and administrations in your life make that abundantly clear every day, but especially on Teacher Appreciation Day.

Of course, I too would like to show my appreciation and to do that, I am collaborating with four of my favorite TpT sellers to create a gift bag for you! You will no doubt recognize their names because they are all TpT top sellers. We have each contributed one of our best-selling products that you will be able to download for free on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 7-8. This coincides with the site-wide Teachers Pay Teachers Teacher Appreciation sale during which each of us will be marking our entire stores down to 20% off. Use the TpT Promo Code TAD13 at check out and you will get an additional 10% off!

Banner provided by: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs
Here is a little preview of what each of us will be giving away for the gift bag:

I am giving away my Vocabulary Task Cards. This set of 35 cards can be used with any list of vocabulary words. I selected this set of cards because they can be used again and again over the course of the year, and also because vocabulary is such a big part of the Common Core Standards. Each card features a different challenge. They would be great at a literacy center or you could require students to complete a given number of cards per week. There are also several different tracking sheets included.


Those of you who know me, know that I am a huge fan of Laura Candler from Teaching Resources. Everything she does is amazing - high quality, useful, and fun for students. Her Teacher Appreciation Gift Bag product is no exception. Laura is giving away her always popular and CCSS aligned Sentence Go Round. This resource is focused on helping your students write longer and more interesting sentences - and we all know how important that is! I especially like her detailed teacher instructions that will tell you exactly how you can use this resource.



Next up is Ashleigh Swinford who blogs at Ashleigh's Education Journey. I think Ashleigh's products are amazing. Everything she does is well-laid out, appealing, and so incredibly useful. A perfect example is the product she is contributing to the gift bag, Simplifying the Scientific Process. If I were still teaching in the classroom, I would be breathing a huge sigh of relief on discovering this product. There it all is, the scientific method in bright, colorful posters, along with graphic organizers, activities (including a foldable, that I love!) and so much more. Seriously, you do not want to miss this chance to get it for free.


One of the many things that I admire about Stephanie Moorman from Teaching in Room 6 is that she only makes resources that she can use in her own classroom - so everything she makes is kid-tested. Many of her products target those skills that kids need to review again and again, which makes them super useful! Stephanie is contributing her Time for Math: Clock Creativity, which is a terrific collection of math activities that are all based on the clock. I love the, "Time for..." printables as well as the bulletin-board worthy craft, which she explains beautifully with both text and pictures.   


The first time I saw Jennifer Runde's products (who blogs at Runde's Room) was when she hit the top of the TpT charts with her Reading Comprehension Binder a few years ago. At that time I was awed by the quality and thoroughness of the product. Now that I know her a little better, I am still a huge fan. Jennifer loves hands on activities that get her students moving. Her Teacher Appreciation Gift Bag product, End of the Year Drama Circle Cards will do exactly that - and the timing is perfect! I am confident this activity will be a huge hit with your students during those last few days of school.


Now is a great time to take a peek at each of these products as well as each seller's TpT stores (because I know there are things you will want to put on your wish list). Then come back on Tuesday or Wednesday to grab the freebies and purchase everything on your wishlist at 28% off! Remember to use promo code TAD13 at checkout.

We'd love to have you share the gift bag with your friends and colleagues. The cute little girl at the top of this post makes a great pin! Wishing you a wonderful Teacher Appreciation week!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Teachers Pay Teachers Top Ten Sellers in the News

The Business Insider did a post about the Top Ten Sellers on TpT (of which I am currently #3). You can read the whole thing here.

This is Deanna Jump...she is the #1 Seller on TpT!
Some of us have been discussing this in Facebook. We are of course, disgusted some of the comments from clearly ignorant people who have no idea what teachers actually do. All of the teachers I know work incredibly hard and spend a significant sum of their own money on their classrooms.

 We were also disappointed that they published the amounts we have made (which is all time, and before TpT takes its cut) and several of us have  asked the reporter to remove it, but only the first people who asked got a response, so mine is still up there. Yes, the money is great, but we all love creating resources that help make teacher's lives easier and benefit students. It would have been nice if they had put some emphasis on that.

We also don't like the use of the term "Lesson Plans" as we feel it is misleading. We create resources, and there is a big difference. A lesson plan is exactly what it sounds like, it is the plan for the lesson, complete with goals, standards, activities, plans for differentiation, assessment etc. Resources include materials such as task cards, worksheets, center activities, educational posters, PowerPoints, handouts, etc. We don't give teachers a blue print for their days, we just give them tools to use - kind of like a text book, but way more engaging.

I am so incredibly grateful to all of you who have purchased from my store. I am honored that you have chosen to use my products with your students. You have changed my life and the lives of my children in ways you cannot imagine.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

It's Sale Day!

Image from Primary Polka Dots
And also that big football game. Actually we were pretty excited a few weeks ago when we thought our Seahawks had a chance....but though they rallied valiantly, it was not to be.

So, just in case you don't already know, today is the big Super Sale on Teachers Pay Teachers. My Store is 20% off both today and tomorrow and if you  plug in Promo Code SUPER at check out, you get an additional 10% off. Yippee! There won't be another sale like this one till May, so now is a great time to stock up.

If you  are looking for something to buy, check out the upper left hand side bar for my most recently posted products. You might also want to take a peek at this post on why buying bundles is a great way to save even more. And finally, this is a catalog of all my task cards listed alphabetically by subject, with grade levels and links.

Just in case you are not into task cards, here are a few of my other favorite resources:

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Save Big with Task Card Bundles

If you are a task card fan, consider buying them in bundles - bundles are sold at a discount, the bigger the bundle, the bigger the savings. Here are some of my task card bundles:

The Inference Bundle includes some of the most popular task card sets on TpT (in fact Inference Task Cards is the best selling task card set on the site). This set includes five task card sets (both multiple choice and short answer) to help your students master this oh-so-challenging reading strategy.

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Reading Strategies includes three of the most popular task card sets on TpT:
  • Author's Purpose
  • Connections
  • Summarize It!

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The Informational Text/Nonfiction Bundle includes different card sets to help students gain familiarity with text features and text structures. The first set features 24 open-ended activity cards that can be used with any non-fiction book. The second set tests students understanding of text features with multiple choice questions, while each of the cards in the third set has a nonfiction paragraph for students to  use to identify one of five text structures. 

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Prefixes, Suffixes and Roots includes two sets of multiple choice task cards to help students gain fluency working with affixes. There is also a group of three task card sets to help students learn the spelling rules associated with adding suffixes. These includes a set each for silent e, tricky y, and double consonants. In addition, there are two sets focusing on word roots and their meanings. There are seven sets of task cards in this CCSS aligned bundle.

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The Vocabulary Bundle is a huge collection of 16 sets of task cards including homophones, synonyms, multiple-meaning words, shades of meaning, and idioms. All of these sets are aligned with the Common Core. You save $12 by buying them bundled, and that is before the sale!

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You will never need a writing or discussion prompt again with this awesome The Writing Prompt Bundle.  There are 764 open-ended, thought-provoking prompts. This bundle includes 200 Would You Rather Questions - which are extremely popular with kids of all ages (and adults too!). There are also creative and critical thinking questions and reading response questions that can be used with any book.

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You can find all of my bundles right here.

Remember that you can get even more money to spend by leaving feedback on the products you have purchased to earn TpT credits.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Quick and Easy Gift Idea for Teachers


You really can't lose with a Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Certificate. Your child's teacher will get to choose from thousands of excellent teaching products and you'll be helping the teacher he or she buys from as well.




Friday, November 23, 2012

Big Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) Sale on TpT!

Teacher's Pay Teachers is having one of their absolutely amazing site-wide sales this Monday and Tuesday! Everything in my store, along with many others, will be marked down 20% . If you use the promo code: CMT12 code at check out, you will get another 10% off of everything in your cart! 


Now is a great time to stock up on Task Cards. If you would like to see a catalog of my cards, listed in alphabetical order by subject in a spreadsheet format, please check out this google doc. The links are on in the document, so it is easy to find what you need!


I haven't done a catalog for my other products yet, so the best way to find them is to visit my store


Friday, October 5, 2012

Ten Cool Things You May Not Know About TpT

Teachers Pay Teachers is growing in leaps and bounds! Most likely you already use this site, maybe on a daily basis. But you may not know everything about it. Here are ten tips for buyers to help you get the most out of your TpT experience.


  1. You can find all of any seller's free products by going to his or her store, scrolling to PRICE on the left sidebar and clicking Free. The results be displayed with the best selling products first, but you can use  the tabs at the top of the column to search by Most Recent, Rating, or Price. Here is my store sorted by free and most recent. 

  2. TpT sellers love ratings and comments, but the bar is set pretty high on TpT. Most of us are doing our best work, so anything less than a 4, can be upsetting many sellers. If you have a problem with a product you have purchased, rather than leaving a low and/or negative comment, please use the Q&A section of the seller's store to tell him or her about your concern. You can find it on the Ask a Question tab on the product page. Be sure to remember to click the "Email me when seller responds" box after you write your question. Most TpT sellers are great about answer their Q&A and you will probably be able to get the issue resolved to everyone's satisfaction without lowering the seller's rating. 

  3. TpT now allows you to purchase multiple licenses at half price if you want to share with your colleagues. Remember that when you buy from TpT, the money goes to real teachers, many of whom are putting it back into their classrooms or using the money just to get by since so many teachers have had their wages frozen and their benefits cut in recent years. Please resist the urge to share and purchase multiple licenses instead. 

  4. If you are wondering how TpT stacks up against the competition, below is an Alexa graph (a well-respected site for website analytics) showing TpT in blue against its nearest competitor in red. The big bump toward the end of September is due to recent press from the top seller, Deanna Jump crossing the one million dollar mark. 
  5. TpT's key word search (at the top of the page) is a little wonky and often pulls up irrelevant results. If you don't like what you get, you can also "See results by Google" by clicking on tiny link just under the search box and to the right. 

  6. Want to spread the word about TpT? You can get this free flyer from TpT to hang in your staff room or distribute to your colleagues. The flyer on the site won a contest that Paul (the site owner) held several years ago, this one was my entry. It did not win, but it is in color and I have updated with the current number of products if you want to use it.  

  7. If you like a seller, be sure and follow him or her (click the little red star by his or her name). Not only will you get notified by email when the seller posts a new product, but the seller will also appear in the SELLER UPDATES box near the top of the homepage. 

  8. Seller's frequently revise products - either because they find a typo or because they want to update it with new clip art, Common Core Standards etc. You can see which products have been updated and then download the new version on your MY PURCHASES page. You can also find out what to do if a PDF you download comes out blurry on that page. 

  9. TpT has gift certificates! You can find the link near the bottom of the left sidebar. When parents ask you what you would like for the holidays or what you need for your classroom, consider asking for a TpT gift certificate.

  10. If you are thinking of becoming a seller, now is a great time. TpT is growing exponentially and with a little work, you could pick up a few hundred dollars a month or even more! If you want to give it a try, please consider signing up under my referral link here. If you post quality products, I will be happy to give your store an occasional shout out on my Facebook or Pinterest.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Teachers Pay Teachers Back to School Sale and Task Card Catalog

The giant TpT site-wide back to school sale is almost here! These sales only happen a few times a year, so this would be a great time to purchase those products on your wish list. Everything in my store will be 20% off and if you enter coupon code BTS12 at check out, you will get an additional 10% off!

If you are looking for task cards, please check out this new handy dandy Task Card Catalog! This is a spreadsheet I made on google docs which will help you to easily locate whatever set of cards you are after.


Wishing you students who are eager to learn, parents who are eager to help, and an administration that understands that YOU know best how to teach your students. 


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