Working in education demands flexibility. A crazy amount. This week was my first experience at reduction in force. RIF. I sat blindsided and stared into the screen as if it was a black hole. Me, after 20 plus years? Yes, and a host of others, all of us, staring into our respective screens as if we lost our souls. We did. Bits and pieces of our lives and hearts blew up instantaneously.
Our public education system, for a myriad of reasons, fell apart in a variety of areas in the United States. Kids went missing in droves, not just to other systems, but truly missing and now teachers are paying the price. All those that make the real decisions can argue the reason. I no longer care. My life is just inside the classroom where I create my corner of the world. That’s all I want. Just my little piece of educational real estate that allows me to create connections and take them from their starting to point to the end.
I truly believed I would be creating virtual masterpieces for the remainder of my career. I loved it, as it sparked my creative juices, obviously I was wrong. 😜 Due to whatever reasoning I was part of the lot that stared into the abyss and quickly scrambled during an educational drought of positions. I cried. I prayed. I called. I applied. I begged. In the midst of this first time fear we are state testing and finally I saw my kids. My heart softened and I knew that going back to in-person is what I needed, wanted, and truly missed.
So, in the end I truly spun through the year and landed where life really needs me. Those moments of terror in hindsight were needed as it forced me to truly listen and follow my ❤
I need kids and I know they need teachers like all of us that head back to the schools starting in the fall of 2021-2022. My gratitude for the sun, stars, and moon aligning for me, not only to be back with kids, but truly thrilled on my grade level and team brings me great joy and as I possibly roll through an RV summer I know I will be planning and creating products along the way. Oh, the RV thing is a possibility that will test us to the core but what else do you do post pandemic. That’s right, rent a RV and see the USA. Yes, my idea. Mmmm. Lots of planning and products to come! 😉
I opened my little corner of the internet sales universe about two years ago. My Teacher Pays Teachers account was up and running with a title and a picture of me in a crown holding a plastic wand, long story but the image suits me from time.
Yesterday, I opened it, with one piece of merchandise, which is a come back soon/we are under construction type of introduction page. Not quite merchandise just practice to the technical side of the business. After spending the weekend watching how to videos I created a button and a page with great elation, I shared them and got down to the business of business. While dreams of vacation lands far, far away based on my earnings do not enter into my current mindset. A little extra income never hurt and who knows they may run a super sale on Paris get-a-ways…a girl can dream.
Now with all my video watching my excitement built so I took steps to create this into the long game instead of instant burnout. I started with a calendar and marked off days of the week to work after my normal day along with an agenda. It is very much like blog writing. Set aside time, be into the moment, and have a task at hand. Some creators just advertise through the site and others take it to social media based on comfort. I am doing it all blog, facebook, new tpt insta, and twitter…no podcast yet but only on Tuesday evenings as Thursday night is for Outschool! My baby steps are mine as is the project of love, extension of creative juices, and a stepping off into a land that is foreign (graphics) but comfortable, in the creation content and online classes.
This week I will be finalizing my logo, creating my logo button, aligning my banner to my store theme (writing) and finally upload two new products that kids can use directly in the classroom as cheatsheets to create the perfect paragraph…From their my real lessons will grow. My goal is fifty products by the end of the summer and begin video introductions for teachers added information. Podcasts will live on the back, back burner!
Follow my Teachers Pay Teachers and Outschool teaching experience. Note. I am a newbie!
This is a site dedicated to parents, teachers and students who want to take education and teaching into their own hands and create the best environment for their needs. I will compiling classes in Outschool and content in Teachers Pay Teachers. Both sites will focus on the simplicity that is truly needed in education. Great teaching is not fancy but the curriculum and content can still be fun!