Every one of us can remember a teacher who helped shape our life. Whether it was the science teacher who sparked our interest in organic chemistry or the art teacher who showed us how to express ourselves through drawing, painting or photography.
But, even though teachers play such a valuable role in society, they don't have an easy job. They're constantly tasked with aligning their curriculum to meet government standards, and their salaries are lower than many other professions.
That's why many teachers are turning to an app called Teachers Pay Teachers for resources and even a form of supplemental income.
Teachers Pay Teachers, or TpT, is a community of educators that share their work with one another. It's an open marketplace where teachers can sell their lesson plans and other educational resources to other teachers. They can also buy items they need for their own classrooms.
TpT was founded by a public school teacher from New York City named Paul Edelman. After graduate school, he began teaching in Brooklyn and soon discovered that his students learned best when he incorporated materials from other educators.
Since its humble beginning, TpT now has around 4 million active members and 2.4 million resources available. And, one of the most exciting things is that $330 million has been earned by teachers within the community since TpT's founding.
What will you find on TpT?
- Lesson plans and units
- Interactive notebooks
- Center ideas
- Task cards
- Common core resources
- Classroom decor, and more
How to make money on TpT
To begin contributing to TpT and sell your own educational materials, you'll need to register for an account. It's easiest to do this on the main website, teacherspayteachers.com. Once there, click Join Us, and then "Seller Upgrade."
A Seller Upgrade membership is free and allows you to become a Basic Seller. With this membership, you can download free resources, buy products from the catalog, and rate those products. You can also sell items and earn royalties for an unlimited number of product postings.
Basic Sellers receive 60 percent of the total sales, less than a $.30 transaction fee for each item sold. However, if you begin to do well with sales, you may want to consider upgrading to a Premium Seller account. This account costs $60 per year, but it comes with some additional perks.
Premium Seller accounts let you keep 85 percent of your sales with no transaction fee on sales over $3. Plus, you'll get home page product placement, which can increase your sales even more.
There is one little caveat that makes TpT extra special. The rules require that every teacher share at least one resource for free, that way there are plenty of free resources to share with the educators' community.
Once you're set up, download the free app so you can access TpT on the go. The app lets you browse and buy from the catalog, and manage your account credits.
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