Hello everyone! We hope your having a great week. We’ve been getting back to our routine here in the south of Spain after having returned from Granada. If you haven’t seen our video review of Granada go and check it out. We loved the city and the feel of Granada and we look forward to coming back soon. It was nice to be in a city with many options for entertainment and food for a while. That being said we are happy to be back to our calm relaxing beach-side town because city life does have it’s unique challenges.
This week has been full of visitors and some pretty big changes. We’ve been enjoying having two couples from the UK with us. They will be here for a month and it seems like they are really liking the area and the activity here. We also have an Australian couple who will be here for a week or so who were living in Asia. It’s been great to hear about their work in Asia and how they adapted to the culture there. Maybe one day we’ll have to go and visit and check it out for ourselves. One big change for us is that our weekend meetings have been moved from Saturdays to Sundays at 6pm. This will hopefully enable more people to attend from the territory. So far we are liking the changes even though it is later than what we are accustomed to. One nice thing about it is that it gives us two entire days (Saturday, Sunday) of activity that is open to us. Lately the weather has been great with Sunny skies in the low 20s (Celsius) so we’ve been really fortunate. We hope it continues as we get into the second half of November.
Teachers Pay Teachers
We want to share with you a recently discovered opportunity to earn money online and support a location independent lifestyle. On our way home from Granada we were listening to a podcast where a couple who travel the country in their RV were telling their story. They were talking about how they were both teachers in traditional schools teaching various subjects such as math and history, etc. They wanted to change their life and have more freedom to travel around to different places. As they continued to look for a way to get out of their teaching jobs they stumbled upon a website called Teachers Pay Teachers. TeachersPayTeachers is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original downloadable educational materials, hard goods and used educational resources. This was the opportunity that they were looking for. They started out slowly creating course materials and they started to see a few sales here and there. Eventually they began to dedicate more time to creating course materials and improving the quality. As they put more materials onto the marketplace they started to see that it would be possible for them to leave their jobs and support themselves solely through the creation of course materials for other teachers. This is eventually what ended up happening.
Maybe your wondering what grade levels are available to create course materials for. The different levels listed on the TpT website are pre-K all the way to grade 12. Here’s how TpT got started. TpT was founded by Paul Edelman, a New York City public school teacher who saw incredible, untapped potential in the work that teachers create for every lesson, every day. When he arrived at his Brooklyn middle school classroom after graduate school, he quickly realized that his students did the best when he incorporated ideas from other educators. At the time, he only had access to the teachers in his school. He created Teachers Pay Teachers to provide a solution. Now, TpT has become an enormous and global staff room: a place where any educator can find essential resources, collaboration, and inspiration.
Currently there are over four million active members on TpT. Over $250 million has been earned by teacher-authors since their founding. What kind of material could you create as a teacher-author you might be wondering. Here are a few examples:
Lesson Plans and Units, Interactive Notebooks, Center Ideas, Task Cards, Activities, Games, Common Core Resources, Classroom Decor
So how do you actually sell on TpT? Here’s a quick breakdown.
They offer two levels of Seller Memberships, Basic and Premium. With a free Basic Membership 60% of the sales price of each resource goes back to you. A Premium Membership costs $59.95 annually but you get 85% of the sales price of each resource you sell. With both account types, there is no limit to the number of resources you can post. Here’s what’s involved in setting up your store. Your catalog will exist at a unique store URL that’s created when you set up your store. You will be able to create a profile, upload a picture of yourself or an individualized logo, and choose up to four featured products. At any time, you can edit your listings, alter the titles and descriptions, change your prices, and swap in revised versions of your products.
Is this something that is actually a real need? Well think about it. Many teachers are very busy people and they often don’t have the time to spend creating course materials for their students for multiple different subjects. Wouldn’t it be much easier to just buy some course material that has already been created and use that instead of spending hours to create the material yourself? One of the great upsides of being a teacher-author on TpT is that once you create material for a lesson and you put it on the site it is there for good. You don’t need to keep revising it and updating it and other teachers looking for the material can find it for years down the road and it can be purchases multiple times. We were amazed to learn that the RVing couple only work with TpT and they are able to support themselves just fine. They work a few hours a day to create course materials and submit them to the marketplace once they are ready. So maybe you read a lot of information about teaching or other things that require interactions with other people and you find that this type of work is just not your thing. Perhaps something that involves creating course and lesson plans for other teachers in the privacy of your own home could be a better fit. Check it out if you think you might enjoy it and you never know maybe it will work out for you if you apply yourself. Obviously one of the benefits of working with TpT is that you can do it remotely online and thus live anywhere in the world and in turn spend more time on the things that you are truly passionate about.
Maybe you’ve noticed some changes on our menu at the top of the site. If you scroll up you’ll see that we’ve added a new course section. From there you can easily browse the top courses in different topics such as Marketing, Business, Photography, etc with our partner Udemy. We’ve also moved the location of our TESOL course to now be under the “Courses” tab at the top of the page. Starting on Monday the 14th of November until the end of the month we will be offering a special discount of 10% if you enter the coupon code BlackFriday2016 at checkout. If you’ve been thinking about getting your TESOL online because you want to be able to work from anywhere then now is a good time to do it.
We’ve also observed that many who move abroad for various reasons are interested in learning new languages. We were no exception. When we moved to Spain we focused a lot on learning Spanish. We’ve taken private courses downloaded programs and tried many other things. Thankfully all of these things have helped us over time. In light of this we are now making language learning available with our partner Rocket Language. If you scroll to the top of the page you’ll be able to select from many different languages including French, Spanish, Arabic among others. Click on one of the languages above and try out the program for free. Well friends, that’s all for now. We look forward to next week as we head to Seville. Enjoy your week and stay warm! 🙂