As we approach Thanksgiving, we naturally think more about what we are thankful for. As teachers, we may have our students make lists, projects, or share what they are thankful for in different ways. The ultimate goal is to foster thankfulness at all times throughout the year, and I am working on being always thankful as well.
To celebrate this special week, I am joining up with Blog Hoppin’ for a week of giving thanks!
Today’s post must begin with the letter T – I had a few ideas and almost made a list, but I thought I should narrow it down. My list mostly related to one another anyways (teaching, technology, teachers pay teachers…)
I am thankful for Teachers Pay Teachers because it allows me to not only create and be a teacher-author, but it allows me to find excellent resources for my students from other fabulous teacher-authors. I can honestly say that my students have benefited from many amazing resources found on tpt. I am also thankful for tpt because it has encouraged me to branch out and try new things. Here is my (short and sweet so far) tpt story:
I have been purchasing from tpt for a few years now. This past summer I was changing schools and positions, and I was creating many new resources for myself, as well as updating ones I had created in the past. I loved sharing my ideas and I have always loved reading teacher blogs and being part of a teacher community. I decided to jump in and give it all a try! I had my blog created by the fabulous Designs by Kassie this summer, began posting my products, and began to learn everything I could about tpt, blogging, creating, and more.
I am still learning new things every day and I know I have likely made mistakes along the way (like not copyrighting each page…. fixing that now!) It is definitely not easy and a lot of time, (blood, sweat and tears too I think!) goes into all of my creations. I also strive to share my ideas and other non-product things in meaningful ways on my blog, which also takes time and hard work.
I am still new in the world of blogging and tpt. I am by no means a top seller or top blogger – but I am grateful for every teacher that spends their hard earned money on a resource I made, and every person who reads my posts. I have been able to pay my monthly student loan bills these past few months because of tpt, and I have been able to give my students more resources for our classroom.
Being part of the community of teacher authors and bloggers has motivated me and encouraged me to keep up the hard work and inspired me to learn even more.
So I will keep pressing on with this blogging and tpt journey – and I will be thankful for each step!
What are you thankful for? Comment below, or link up with Blog Hoppin’ and share!
Founder at The Kindergarten Connection
Alex is a Kindergarten teacher with a passion for making learning fun and engaging. She's earned a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education, and Masters Degrees in Special Education and Curriculum Design. Alex is a night owl, coffee lover, and she owns more than 2,000 children’s books. Alex lives with her husband and their big black Labrador, Tank.