Did you know that in the next decade over 1.5 million new teachers will be hired in the U.S. and that research shows the most powerful, in-school influence on learning is the quality of instruction that teachers bring to their students?

That’s one reason why TpT’s community of educators has become such a powerful force in education. TpT teachers are continuously striving to better themselves, their instruction techniques, and their teaching resources in an effort to spark more student curiosity and instill a lifelong love of learning — and it’s working!

Even our longest-standing Teacher-Authors regularly updated their resources, respond to teacher feedback, generously offer their time and expertise to help new Teacher-Authors, and continuously work on their resources and techniques. “The largest room in the world is the room for improvement,” after all. Gather inspiration to try some of these ideas in your TpT store.


 Continuously Improving Resources

Edventures at Home is working on her coin counting resources: “About two months ago, my husband had a business trip to Denver. Having never experienced the Midwest, I decided to tag along! On our last morning, we took a tour of the Denver Mint… What a neat experience! I came back with the desire to create a handful of products with a coin theme.

I started by overhauling the coin puzzles and games I uploaded as one of my first products, and then this lapbook seemed like a natural extension.”

 

Two Boys and a Dad Productions blogs about his new resource Character Traits Narrative Writing and explains how it came about. “Were you satisfied with the way you taught narrative writing last school year? Well, I was not. Especially after seeing how the students had to write narratives for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test!

What I found the hardest to teach, and this may be because it is just a new experience, is for a student to take on a persona when writing. Or sometimes, students must continue a narrative that is already started. With that in mind, I developed a resource that I think will help my students to write good narratives.” Read the post here.

 

Middle school Teacher-Author UtahRoots says, “I updated a formative assessment product that’s good for any subject in secondary grades. I added additional cards, added a rationale for using the cards, tweaked the teacher instructions, improved the font size and visibility, added a fabulous background design by Sonya DeHart, redesigned the cover and changed the title for better SEO. And I put my logo on the cover, something I have to do to all my covers!”

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Continuously Improving Ways To Share Successful Lessons

With cameras on every smartphone and social media as popular as it is, great images of resources in action have become a tremendously important piece of the puzzle for TpT Teacher-Authors. We challenged Teacher-Authors to share images of their resources in action and received some great examples.

Adventures in ISTEM’s says this about her Scientific Method Candy Lab: Three differentiated candy labs “I had my 7th graders use it as a practice of the scientific method that we did together and my 8th graders did it as their performance assessment to show their understanding of controlled experiments.” It looks like this:

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Using Your Smarticles shares an image of her favorite middle school lesson: Context Clue Scavenger Hunt with this thought, “Today I sat back and watched the Middle School Magic with this lesson featuring Context Clues… kids eagerly attempting to solve the following riddle, ‘What is the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space, the beginning of every end and the end of every place?’ while scanning codes, answering questions and independently moving from station to station. The kids exclaim ‘how fun,’ ‘that is so cool,’ and ‘ooohhhhh’ as they feel empowered to unravel the mystery that is this lesson. They were so engaged in this lesson they didn’t even notice me taking pictures.”

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And Algebra Accents by Marie DLR shares an image of her students concentrating on one of her Linear Functions lessons and says, “My Algebra 1 students had a great time learning about Linear Functions and displaying their results on poster board. My ELL (English Language Learners) students easily participated and were not intimidated by the format of the assignment.”

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This is just the tip of the iceberg of ways that TpT Teacher-Authors are continuously working to make their resources, teaching techniques, collaboration, skills, and TpT stores better and better. To read and see more ways small changes can make a big difference, check out (and even participate in) challenges on the TpT Sellers’ Forum. Look for the link on your dashboard.


Cover photo thanks to Danielle Knight who generously allowed TpT to take “resources in action” photos in her high school classroom.

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