Monday, February 27, 2017

Creating a Facebook Page and a #sale!


I have been on Teachers Pay Teachers for a long time and as I have mentioned in other blog posts, I haven't quite capitalized on some things I should have.   I.E. Tailwind, becoming a premium seller on TpT, and creating a Facebook page for my brand.  Today I decided to go for it and create a Facebook page.  I was hesitant to do so because I didn't want it linked to my personal profile, but I realized the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks.  

I decided to write a blog post about this so it could help others.  If you are thinking about making one or haven't done it yet, I highly suggest you create one.  It takes a few minutes to set up and then you are good to go!  Click on the arrow in the top blue bar and choose "Create Page."


When you do that it will take you to this page.

 

There are six options to choose from with different page types.  I ended up choosing "Brand or Product."  It then guides you through the steps to create your page.  

 
I chose website and entered my name "Endeavors in Education" and it brought me to my new page.

 

Facebook makes it really easy by guiding you through the steps.  I linked my social media, added a profile and cover photo, and began to add content.  My only regret is I wish I did it sooner!  I would love to have you like my page!

Also, get ready to score some deals with the #TeachersAreWinners hashtag sale!  So many great products will be marked down to $1!  My March resources packet and Sound unit will be on sale for $1!  Make sure to search the hashtag to find some great deals or click the picture below!

 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Engaging Test Prep


How do you prepare students for a test at the end of a big unit?  In the past I have played "Jeopardy" type games, used study guides, vocabulary bingo, etc...However, the best method that I have found to help students prepare for tests is by doing a scavenger hunt.

I prepare the scavenger hunt by creating cards to hide around the room.  These cards can be used in a few different ways.  They could contain questions that the students have to answer, or there could be a little blurb on each card that the students will read to find the answer to the question on their recording sheet.  I pass out the answer sheets and explain the rules to my students.  The first and most important rule of scavenger hunting is "NO TALKING!"  I want my students to be able to answer these questions on their own.  The second rule is absolutely no running...because we all know how competitive kids get!

I usually have each student grab a clipboard so they can walk around and answer on their sheets.  Once I give the signal they are off!  When they have finished answering their questions they will have the answers checked by me.  I will mark wrong answers with an "X" and the students need to go back and correct them.

Sometimes I do award prizes (think homework pass).  I have awarded prizes two different ways.  Sometimes I award prizes to the first few students who get the answers correct.  Other times I will award it to the first few students who get the answers correct on the first try.  This allows different kids to get prizes.

This is such a motivator for the students and it keeps them engaged the entire time!  Since I started reviewing for tests this way I have noticed an increase in achievement on end unit tests!  What test prep ideas do you find most successful?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Massive Giveaway!


You do not want to miss this!  I am teaming up with so many great teacher authors to give you FOUR chances to win $100 TpT gift cards in honor of Teaching Autism's birthday (Happy birthday!).  You have until February 28th to enter!  This giveaway is so big there are four Rafflecopters!  Have fun entering and good luck!


Click the links and make sure to enter all four raffles!


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Monday, February 6, 2017

Rebranding my TPT Store


I have been a member of Teachers Pay Teachers since 2011, but I didn't become a premium seller until 2014 (something I am KICKING myself for...sign up as a premium seller right away!).  I have had minor successes in my store, but I have been creating things on an as needed basis for my own classroom making it more of  a hobby than a business.  I have countless products that I started and never finished.  I also have so many products that I posted that I haven't updated.  Some of them need updating BADLY!  I have decided to get really serious about taking my store to the next level recently.  After the birth of my son, rebranding my store and putting more time into TPT became a priority for me.   I have over 150 products in my store currently so going back to update and brand is a huge undertaking!

I started this process by posting my store to some TPT groups I am in on Facebook to get feedback from fellow teacher authors.  I highly suggest joining TPT groups to get advice, feedback, and helpful tips.  The most helpful advice I received was from Misty Miller the admin of TPT Seller Tips and Advice.  I posted my store looking for advice on how to improve and Misty offered some great advice.  She suggested that I brand my store so all of my products have a similar look, make square covers, create custom categories, etc...  Honestly I had been meaning to make square covers for my products, but I was overwhelmed with the thought of making 150+ covers.

My first step was to decide what my brand actually is.  My old button (to the left) had lots of glitter and not a lot to do with education.  My new button (to the right) is cleaner and clearly school centered.  I created my new button using Canva.
                                 
    

Once I figured out what my brand would look like I began to go into TPT and create new covers for each of my products.  I changed from traditional covers to square covers and for the sake of my new brand made cleaner covers.  The covers to the left are the new ones and the covers to the right are the old ones.



The titles on the new covers are clear and easy to read.  The product is more straight forward and the whole thing is less cluttered.  This has been a time consuming project, but one that is well worth it in the long run.  As I go in to update each cover I also update the products themselves.  This includes changing fonts and graphics, adding content, and changing layouts.  The final step before updating is to fix my descriptions.  I make the descriptions more detailed and link to other similar products.  I am sure this rebranding project will keep me busy for quite some time, but it has been well worth it!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Certificate Giveaway!


Today I am linking up with a few other teachers for a gift certificate giveaway to Teachers Pay Teachers.  Entering is simple and easy through the Rafflecopter!  The giveaway ends at midnight on February 7th!

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After you have entered my giveaway head on over to Kindergarten Kristy  to enter for another chance to win a gift certificate!


**Due to time differences, not all giveaways may be up yet. Make sure to check back so you don't miss out on one!**

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Tailwind

I have been slacking in my blogging duties.  Life has been crazy around here!  I got pregnant and had my son and have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off.  I must say I absolutely adore being a mom!

But I digress, I have been looking for ways to market my TPT store better lately and have heard SO many people talking about Tailwind so I signed up for a 30 day free trial.  Has anyone tried it?  Have you had luck with it?  Is it worth it?  I literally signed up this evening so I don't yet have the answers to my own questions.  If you haven't signed up for Tailwind and want to try it out for free you can use my link!

For now, if you need me, I will be rummaging through Tailwind!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

April in a nutshell

I can not wait for April to be over.  It is such a busy month and May will bring some much needed stress relief.  I am taking some graduate classes for the next step in my teaching license and have to present my Capstone project later this month.  This has been an intensive project on project-based learning in science.  I am testing to see if it is better at helping students retain information.  Part of my Capstone brings back one of my favorite lessons...ECOCOLUMNS!  I blogged about this here.
This is such a fun project but it requires a ton of prep work.  A big part of it is getting tons of soda bottles.  A lot of my kids don't drink soda, which is awesome, but not for this project!  
When we finally got the bottles we marked and cut them for each group and set them aside.  We were also waiting on the supplies to be delivered.  This super heavy box showed up in my classroom which meant we were finally good to go!
Last time I did this project we used circuits and I almost vomited.  I hate bugs!  This time I went a safer (for myself) route and got pill bugs.  These guys don't jump...thank GOD!
I also ordered a variety of aquatic plants so the kids could have a diverse ecosystem.
And of course I have to mention the main attraction...the guppies and snails!


As I said, this was a long process.  We began by planting the terrarium with rye, moss, alfalfa, and mustard seeds.
Then we had to wait for them to germinate.  
I will post more about these ecocolumns in another post.

Below I wanted to share some awesome pictures from our March cereal box book reports...check them out!  The directions and rubric are posted on my TPT store.