We’re celebrating TpT’s 10th Anniversary throughout the month of April, and we’d love for you to join in on the celebrations! We’ve created a special page full of teacher inspiration stories — share yours, read through others, and remember the power of being a teacher. The future is bright and it’s all because of teachers like you. #TpTInspiredTeaching
As we near the end of our anniversary month, I can’t help but think about the true meaning of inspiration. Or should I say, “The two meanings.” The first and most common definition of inspiration refers to being mentally stimulated. The second, less common definition refers to the drawing in of breath.
in·spi·ra·tion, (inspəˈrāSH(ə)n/), noun
1. The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
2. The drawing in of breath; inhalation.
The second definition is one you may not have really thought about before (or maybe as a teacher you have!), but when you consider how the two relate, it’s really interesting. Here at TpT HQ, we like to take 15 seconds before each of our meetings to pause, close our eyes, and just breathe. This helps us clear our minds and be open to the ideas and inspiration that surround us.
Our anniversary month provides us with an opportunity to talk about where we are now and then take a look at where we’re going. If we make sure to always breathe, listen, and clear our minds for the inspiration that will drive us forward, the future will be bright.
Since TpT’s founding, we’ve become a community of nearly four million educators. TpT is now home to over two million resources, and more than two out of every three teachers in the U.S. downloaded one of those resources in 2015. That’s incredible and it’s all because of educators like you, working hard every day to create and find inspiration using TpT.
Together, you’ve created an amazing, worldwide community of educators who are inspiring each other. A teacher struggling to teach algebraic thinking to her 8th graders can explain factoring to her students through an engaging game of battleship. A teacher feeling alone and burnt out can come to TpT for great ideas, resources, and tons of encouragement.
BUT, there is so much more that we can do together!
- It isn’t enough that we’ve become a community of nearly four million educators. There are still so many educators around the world who can benefit from the inspiration that can be found on TpT.
- It isn’t enough that there are over two million resources on TpT. TpT should be a platform that provides educators with the ability to create and host digital, interactive, forward- looking resources.
- It isn’t enough that two out of three teachers in the U.S. downloaded a resource from TpT in 2015. TpT should be easy to use for schools, parents, and specialists who are looking to find innovative resources and materials for their classrooms and homes.
Our dream is to make the expertise and wisdom of all the teachers in the world available to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Even as we continue to grow, we remain centered on our mission to empower educators to teach at their best.
As we think about the next 10 years of TpT, we want to listen and work with you in order to build what teachers really need.
- Take a look at the “ask a question” section of any store page on TpT. We want to support the curiosity and learning that’s taking place on this page in new and better ways. Think of all the ways teachers can support and teach one another. We want to build on that.
- We’re seeing more than teachers interested in TpT. Administrators and districts are coming to us because they are interested in using the incredible resources available on TpT. We’ve happily met these needs, but we’re thinking about how we can make this process even easier. We want to ensure every district knows it’s possible to provide high quality teacher-created resources in their schools.
- There are so many technology solutions in the education space today. As many of you have already discovered, this presents both an opportunity and a challenge. Which work best? How do they work together? We have the opportunity to learn from you and listen to you. We are then challenged to bring you the technology that best supports you and your students.
We have so much work to do and we can’t wait to do it. It’s a privilege to serve this amazing community. Your work is shaping the next generations. It is precious, it is vital, and it is so full of inspired possibilities.
Love, Adam and Team TpT