Inevitable Excitement from the TPT Conference Has Cost Me Last Night’s Sleep

Inevitable Excitement from the TPT Conference Has Cost Me Last Night’s Sleep.

My Positive Experience at the TPT Conference on July 11th, 2014.  

When I first got an e-mail about the conference, I started out by thinking it would be weird to go because I was only a seller for less than a year… to feeling energized and motivated after the conference… a complete 180.  #TPT2014 #TPT14

Some people might think I am crazy due to my willingness to hang out with strangers for the day, but it makes me feel right at home…

Since I was in middle school, I have been very willing to socialize with others, especially if I don’t know them very well. In fact, I would say that I was most comfortable with friends first, then people I didn’t know at all, and finally was the least comfortable with acquaintances.  I thought I was so wise in middle school… oh boy!  I will never trade my best friends for anything, but do agree that sometimes the “acquaintance stage” has a history of being incredibly awkward. Then again, I tend to over think everything!  (Thanks Mom…)  Sure, I do get uncomfortable easily, but I can still talk to anyone if I have to or want to.  I can thank my dad for the social gene.

Even though I am super new (less than a year) to Teachers Pay Teachers, it was great to see the teacher that got me started on TPT, Lindsay Perro.  I didn’t even know how to pronounce her last name until she stated her name at the TPT Conference Session.  Nevertheless, a colleague showed me a sample of her coloring pages, which enticed me to try this TPT thing for myself.  I noticed the teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Lindsay-Perro along the bottom of the page, so I investigated when I got home.  I realized that she specialized in middle school mathematics, which really excited me.  After all,  I had been teaching middle school math for 5 going on 6 years. Let me be clear:  I created worksheets, quizzes, and tests for my department regularly, but I had never tried to sell and market my products.  I completed my TPT investigation over the summer, signed up, and the rest is history!

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During the cocktail hour, I inadvertently got a photo taken with Paul.  I was taking a picture for someone else that I had just met. What seemed like a few minutes later, I was still standing there next to Paul and his arm was still around me… oops!  Clearly he was thinking that I was waiting for someone to take a picture, so I got my phone out of my purse and had someone take a picture. However, I am not proud of how I look because I did not give myself enough time to get ready in the morning.  My “excuse” is that I was too lazy to get up because I live in Vegas so didn’t have very far to go for the conference.  In all reality my excuse would have been that I couldn’t handle being out-of-town if the conference were across the country. Sometimes I am hopeless when it comes to getting ready to go somewhere… Especially now that I spend most of my time at home now that I teach online.

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Even though I still feel new, I have started to feel much more comfortable after attending the conference.  Before I felt like I was on my island; A familiar feeling for me, as I was the only person teaching my topic for several years.  Distancing me further, I never bought any other teacher’s products, and didn’t have anyone to collaborate with. Luckily, I found a perfect counterpart to bounce ideas off of last year!  Yay 🙂

Now back to the conference… Ok I’ll be honest, I did still feel a bit like an outsider at the conference at times.  It seems like everyone has business cards, use graphics on their products (typically purchased from other TPT sellers), blogs regularly, have a Facebook page, pins a few times a week, etc… whew…  When I spoke with sellers that have been going at it a little longer than me they told me that I need to get on the TPT Seller’s Forums and on Facebook. Recently, I have read a few of the posts on the sellers forum, but there is so much… I will go back again soon and try to find something to comment on.  I am looking forward to meeting some new friends in other sellers.

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Middle School Math Stations

I love using these middle school math stations every year in the middle school math classroom:

Middle School Stations – Evaluating Expressions and Order of Operations

Included:  23 page .pdf, 20 math stations (2 per page, 1 question per page), answer key, and student worksheet

Topics:  Order of Operations, Evaluating Expressions (no negative numbers included)

It is a great activity to get students up and moving.  Print, cut out and laminate… then you can use them over and over!

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 Go to the “free downloads” page to download as a .pdf