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Hello! This "Make Inferences" poster is one in a series of reading comprehension strategy posters that I made for my classroom. When colleagues...
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Hello! This "Make Connections" poster is one in a series of reading comprehension strategy posters that I made for my classroom. When colleague...
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Hello! This "Summarize" poster is one in a series of reading comprehension strategy posters that I made for my classroom. When colleagues start...
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Hello! This grade book scoring template (score recording form,) got its inaugural run with my courses during the 2012-13 school year. Compared ...
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Hello! This bundle includes a series of six reading comprehension strategy posters that I made for my classroom. When colleagues started request...
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Hello! These reading comprehension strategy discussion cards are definitely classroom tested and work well for groups of students who need guida...
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Hello! This "Visualize" poster is one in a series of reading comprehension strategy posters that I made for my classroom. When colleagues start...
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Hello! This "Be Aware of Your Thinking" poster is one in a series of reading comprehension strategy posters that I made for my classroom. When ...
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Scipi  (TpT Seller)
I saw your store on the home page of Teachers Pay Teachers; so, I thought I would look at your freebie. I left you a rating. Since you are brand new to TPT, here are a few suggestions that might help you to better market your products.

First, I would bundle the posters together and charge just one price. Not many buyers will buy one poster for $1.00. I think having one as free does show your work, and may interest others in the set. When you bundle them, make one resource so that the buyers don't have to open several files.

Create a different cover page for each of your products which can then be used as an attractive thumbnail to entice buyers even if the product is only one page. You want each product to be distinctive. You might also add a second page which is a directions or suggestions page for the teacher. (How do use these? Etc.) List several ways you use this product in your classroom. Never assume that a buyer knows how, why, or when to use your product.

Use the footer to put the copyright symbol, your name and date of creation on EVERY page. Items, especially free ones, have been "stolen" from TPT and posted on other sites to be sold. You have to protect all of your creations. Here is how to do that. Use the insert and go to the right. You should see symbols there. Insert the copyright symbol, your name and date. It should look something like this: © V. Rauch (Scipi), 2011

Also number your pages.

It is important that we see what others are doing; so, feel free to look at any or all of my freebies listed below to gather some ideas. If you care to, a rating or any feedback you might have would be great.

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Keep checking the Sellers Forum under Communication for tons of ideas and helpful suggestions given by TPT veterans. The best of luck as you sell on TPT!
August 23, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Happy In the Middle
Happy In the Middle  (TpT Seller)
Thank you so much for all of your helpful hints. I really appreciate it! I'll work on bundling--have a few things to figure out. I'll take a look at your site, too. Have a great day, and thanks for taking the time to write! Michelle
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am heading into my 15th year teaching 7th grade English (Language Arts) at a large suburban middle school near Minneapolis, Minnesota. I've spent time with the student newspaper, student council, building leadership committee, as the co-chair of our department, and on the building literacy committee, but now I'm just on the literacy committee because I have a one year old and a four year old who keep my on my toes outside of school (and an awesome husband and 16 yo step-daughter!)

MY TEACHING STYLE

As an undergraduate student in the mid to late 90s, I had classes on Charles Dickens, American Literature, Literary Criticism....not on Reading Strategies, Comprehension, or Writing Craft. Thankfully I had the foresight to get my Middle School Endorsement which gave me a tiny idea that there was more to teaching than *just* reading and writing with kids.

When I went back for my Master's, I was floored. I had an epiphany. And I had a bit of a crisis, wondering what on earth I had been doing in my classroom. I felt a bit better after a colleague gently reminded me that I most likely hadn't held anyone back from Harvard...

If I didn't have any wits about me, I would thoroughly enjoy just sitting and reading to and with and writing among my students every day. I think it's a product of being schooled in the 80s. I'm great at helping them connect to literature and love and admire well crafted writing. I do realize, however, that there are other pieces of the puzzle. I've gotten pretty good at pre, during, and after reading activities, and can run a pretty strong writing workshop. I am, however, still working hard to tweak and make each day, each lesson, meaningful. I'm happy being a learner, though, and I know I've come a long way.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I don't have and honors and awards that I can think of, so I thought I'd use this space to include my favorite writers! *Ralph Fletcher *Chris Crutcher *Cynthia Rylant *Sandra Cisneros *Annie Dillard *Roald Dahl *Khaled Hosseini And I want to thank Arik Durfee, Jen Runde, and Tracee Orman for being a huge inspiration on this site & Amanda of Teaching in a Small Town for the awesome frames!

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I graduated from Minot High School and Minot State University in North Dakota. In 2007, I graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, with my MAEd. Next summer when my boys turn 5 and 2, I would love to go back to Hamline and take some more literacy courses.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I'm originally from Minot, North Dakota, and lived there until I graduated from college and got my first teaching job in Minnesota (which is my current teaching job in Minnesota!) As well as teaching right in the middle, I was born in the middle. I have an older sister who teaches CIS Spanish and is a World Language Curriculum Coordinator in the Minneapolis metro as well and a younger brother who is a photographer. I should mention that we are all kids of two great retired public school teachers. My mom taught 1st grade teacher, and my dad taught 7th grade English teacher. Mom was a building rep and Dad was a union president and negotiator for years. I am very grateful to my parents for raising us how they did, for instilling the importance of public education and becoming involved.

I need to also mention the steady sunshine in my daily life...my husband--a photographer by day, handiman by night (building our addition), curler by winter. My sweet four-year-old...ready for a year of pre-school and currently trying on his sassy pants, which Mom says need to be changed. My one-year-old...NICU graduate who I spent 12 unexpected weeks of bed rest with (and wrote 10 weeks of lesson plans with!) And my 16-year-old step-daughter, a junior who loves pop culture and public speaking.

I'm not in the blogosphere as a teacher, just as a former bed rester and preemie mom--two of my areas of interest outside of being a teacher. If either of these areas interest you, feel free to check out:
http://notwhatwedexpected.blogspot.com/
http://earlybabies.blogspot.com/

We are big fans of Children's Hospital of MN, the Ronald McDonald House, and the March of Dimes and march and donate in our kids' names each year.