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Find high quality lessons for your classroom

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Hello, educators, and welcome to Teacher Tips. Now, notice as the page refreshes, grades are still there, but I can now see that under the Once again, as the page refreshes, I can see that And now in the Subject field, because I'm at the lowest Now, you notice at the same time that I'm Every teacher that sells on Teachers pay Teachers is required As I scroll down the page, the last So, once again my page refreshed, and now If our resource has been aligned to the Common Core standards, you'll As people use various resources, they have the opportunity to rate that resource.

Find high quality lessons for your classroom

Hello, educators, and welcome to Teacher Tips. This week is the first in a two part series on teacherspayteachers.com. This website is a marketplace for educators to buy and sell classroom materials, and is one of the fastest growing educational crowdsourcing sites. Through Teachers pay Teachers, educators can be paid for expert lesson plans they've created. And those in need of classroom resources have an abundant selection of content which has been tested and reviewed by other educators. This week, we're going to explore the best way to find free and paid resources on Teachers pay Teachers.

And then next week, we will dive into how to prepare classroom materials to sell on Teachers Pay Teachers, including some tips and tricks to get your TPT store up and running. Here in my web browser, I've navigated to teacherspayteachers.com. Earlier this year I created a TPT store so that we can explore how TPT works here on Teacher Tips. To model how to best search for resources, we're going to find a free lesson I posted on Teachers pay Teachers that's on the skeleton system and that's appropriate for middle school. There are several ways you can quickly find resources. In the top navigation menu under All Categories, I can take a look at the main categories, such as by grade level, subject, price, resource type, or even by seller.

However, there's a faster way to narrow down exactly what you're looking for. If we come back to the main home page, I can see these exact same categories going down the left-hand side of the page. Now, this is more than just a sidebar navigation menu. This navigation menu allows you to drill in to exactly what it is you're looking for. For example, if I'm looking for a middle school lesson on the skeleton system, I can go ahead and start by clicking on grades six through eight. Now, notice as the page refreshes, grades are still there, but now my options have been reduced to sixth, seventh, and eighth. The rest of the sidebar has remained the same.

Let's go, and click on Seventh grade. I can now see that under the grade section, Seventh grade's the only thing selected. I'm only seeing lessons that are appropriate for 7th graders. Let's take it down to the next section, which is subject. I'm going to come down to Science, and I'm going to click on Science. Once again, as the page refreshes, I can see that there's fewer choices available for me under the Subjects category. Let's go and click on Anatomy. And now in the Subject field, because I'm at the lowest level, I can see that only the word Anatomy is available. Now, you notice at the same time that I'm clicking through these categories and narrowing my search results, at the very top, I've got this gray box that's created, and it's showing me exactly what I've selected.

It's showing me that in Grades, I've used sixth through eighth, and then seventh grade, and in Subjects, I've selected Science and then Anatomy. If at any time you want to remove a category and bring all of the options back, you can simply click the x button next to that item. Let's go ahead and scroll down further and take a look at prices. Now, I'm looking for a free lesson plan, so I'm going to go and click on Free, and only look for lesson plans that don't have a cost associated with them. Every teacher that sells on Teachers pay Teachers is required to have at least one free item in their store. Because of this, Teachers pay Teachers has a lot of free resources available.

As I scroll down the page, the last category I'm going to select is the resource type. Now if I look at this main list, I don't see the resource which I'm looking for, which is a lesson plan. So I'm going to come down to where it says See All Resource Types, and hover my cursor on it. I now have a very large pop-up window with every type of resource that's posted on Teachers pay Teachers. I can see in the middle column that there's lesson plans, and I can look for bundled lesson plans, such as an entire unit of lessons, or individual lesson plans. I'm going to go, and select individual Lesson Plans. So, once again my page refreshed, and now on the right-hand side of the screen, I should only have resources that are for seventh grade anatomy that are free, and are individual lesson plans.

The first lesson that shows up is a Common Core Body Systems Skeleton System lesson plan created by yours truly. If I click on the title of the lesson plan, I can bring it up in the window and find out more information. The first thing I can notice is on the left-hand side, there's preview images of this particular lesson. If I hover my cursor over any of the thumbnail pictures, I can see a preview of what's below. I can also see a lot of information in the center of the page, such as, what are the subjects that this lesson plan is categorized by, what grade levels are it appropriate for, and what is its resource type.

Now, a lot of times, resources have multiple types. Because this is a lesson plan, but also includes a PowerPoint, as well as scaffolded notes, I can see that there's three different resource types tagged for this one item. If our resource has been aligned to the Common Core standards, you'll also see the Common Core standards tagged directly below the resource type. As people use various resources, they have the opportunity to rate that resource. And the average rating will appear. This is an important thing that we're going to come back to in the next movie, which is, how do we assess the quality of the lessons we're finding on Teachers pay Teachers before we decide to use it with our students. As I scroll down the page, there's a product description.

Here's where I can find more information about what exactly is included with this particular product. A few things I'd like to point out in the product description are the total number of pages available and whether or not there's an answer key. You can also see the teaching duration for any particular lesson. This lesson was built when I had a block schedule, and it was designed for 90 minutes. If you teach a class that's only 60 minutes, then you may have to modify this lesson in order to meet the time constraints. The last thing we can see is at the very bottom of the page, which are the average ratings for each category, as well as the comments that other users have placed on this particular product.

After you've looked a the product and decided it's right for you, you can then purchase or download the button once you're logged in by clicking the Log In or Join button in the upper right-hand corner. Now that we know how to search on Teachers pay Teachers and define the exact right resources, let's take a look at how we assess the quality of those resources more in depth.

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  1. 4m 10s
    1. Managing electronic assignments
      4m 10s
  2. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Is this course right for me?
      51s
  3. 12m 43s
    1. What is the flipped classroom?
      4m 16s
    2. Building a flipped lesson plan
      4m 22s
    3. Finding resources
      4m 5s
  4. 12m 33s
    1. Using Evernote to organize your classroom
      7m 49s
    2. Using Skitch to create dynamic presentations
      4m 44s
  5. 16m 29s
    1. What is Common Core?
      4m 52s
    2. ELA/Literacy
      6m 41s
    3. Mathematics
      4m 56s
  6. 10m 2s
    1. Using the iPad as a teacher
      6m 18s
    2. Using the iPad with your students
      3m 44s
  7. 20m 47s
    1. Getting started with Edmodo
      8m 5s
    2. Managing your classes
      8m 48s
    3. Communication
      3m 54s
  8. 6m 27s
    1. Prezi: Teaching best practices
      6m 27s
  9. 12m 50s
    1. Blogging fundamentals
      12m 50s
  10. 14m 40s
    1. Getting started with Schoology
      6m 46s
    2. Integrating Google Apps
      7m 54s
  11. 11m 59s
    1. Understanding online file syncing
      7m 47s
    2. Dropdox options and workflow
      4m 12s
  12. 17m 46s
    1. Managing student behaviors with ClassDojo
      11m 44s
    2. Control classroom management with an iPad
      6m 2s
  13. 22m 21s
    1. Creating a student-friendly worksheet
      11m 0s
    2. Modifying assignments quickly
      11m 21s
  14. 8m 51s
    1. Podcasting in the classroom
      8m 51s
  15. 11m 5s
    1. Hour of Code
      2m 18s
    2. Kodu
      2m 1s
    3. Writing your first program
      6m 46s
  16. 18m 8s
    1. Create a quick class website
      8m 20s
    2. Upload assignments
      9m 48s
  17. 6m 39s
    1. Creating screen capture video
      6m 39s
  18. 10m 14s
    1. Mind mapping for students
      10m 14s
  19. 6m 35s
    1. Creating online interactive discussions
      2m 53s
    2. Exploring educational uses of todaysmeet.com
      3m 42s
  20. 4m 19s
    1. Exploring the Adobe Education Exchange
      4m 19s
  21. 10m 55s
    1. Online learning with bContext
      1m 7s
    2. Creating digital videos
      9m 48s
  22. 5m 53s
    1. Free website platforms
      2m 3s
    2. Selecting a website platform
      3m 50s
  23. 10m 52s
    1. Students on the Internet
      3m 55s
    2. Teaching proper Internet use
      6m 57s
  24. 10m 42s
    1. Learning through interactions
      4m 6s
    2. Creating social learning experiences
      6m 36s
  25. 15m 7s
    1. Exploring social bookmarking with Diigo
      7m 7s
    2. Sharing a list of websites
      3m 57s
    3. Creating a resource collection for students
      4m 3s
  26. 10m 57s
    1. Lesson planning with Common Curriculum
      4m 47s
    2. Managing your instructional schedule
      6m 10s
  27. 10m 11s
    1. Piktochart in education
      3m 20s
    2. Creating infographics
      6m 51s
  28. 9m 24s
    1. Exploring the role of a learning management system
      3m 56s
    2. Three free learning management systems
      5m 28s
  29. 8m 57s
    1. Understanding crowdfunding
      3m 27s
    2. Explore education crowdfunding tools
      5m 30s
  30. 6m 48s
    1. Creating drag-and-drop lessons
      4m 50s
    2. Using pre-created resources
      1m 58s
  31. 7m 22s
    1. Exploring VoiceThread
      3m 46s
    2. Creating and sharing a VoiceThread
      3m 36s
  32. 6m 44s
    1. Lesson planning with BetterLesson.com
      4m 1s
    2. Accessing common core lesson plans
      2m 43s
  33. 6m 45s
    1. Exploring the free resources
      2m 59s
    2. Exploring the teacher portal
      3m 46s
  34. 7m 1s
    1. How does donorschoose.org work?
      2m 42s
    2. Creating compelling projects
      4m 19s
  35. 8m 31s
    1. Adding your classroom as a project
      3m 0s
    2. Building awareness through social media
      5m 31s
  36. 7m 41s
    1. Find high quality lessons for your classroom
      5m 27s
    2. Assess the quality of lesson materials
      2m 14s
  37. 11m 58s
    1. Selling lessons plans on TeachersPayTeachers.com
      1m 39s
    2. Uploading lesson plans for sale
      10m 19s
  38. 6m 40s
    1. Lesson planning on an iPad
      3m 53s
    2. Creating recorded lessons on an iPad
      2m 47s
  39. 4m 41s
    1. Maximizing class downtime with DuoLingo
      3m 13s
    2. Creating self-motivated learners using DuoLingo
      1m 28s
  40. 6m 13s
    1. Adding the Office Mix PowerPoint plugin
      2m 58s
    2. Creating videos from PowerPoint presentations
      3m 15s
  41. 7m 39s
    1. Creating stories with Adobe Voice
      7m 39s
  42. 2m 37s
    1. Lesson planner at learner.org
      2m 37s
  43. 2m 55s
    1. Real-world learning in the classroom
      2m 55s
  44. 6m 49s
    1. Formative assessments with Pear Deck
      6m 49s
  45. 5m 4s
    1. Increasing student collaboration with Flipgrid
      5m 4s

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