Teachers Pay Teachers is a website that is pretty self explanatory. Teachers submit resources like PDFs, worksheets and lesson plans, for other teachers to purchase and use in their classrooms. It’s a very successful model that is a win-win for teachers everywhere. One general education teacher was even in the news for making ‘a million dollars’ for selling her resources on “Teachers Pay Teachers.” She has no plans to quit teaching anytime soon. :)
There are plenty of art teacher resources on Teachers Pay Teachers. Have you discovered them?
Many teachers will post a free download on their TPT site so you can assess the quality of their work before purchasing, which is nice. Where was this when I started teaching?! Talk about a time saver. I want to thank these art teachers for taking the time to create such detailed resources so we can all benefit. As with anything, use your own discretion. There are so many resources on TPT, and some may or may not fit with your own teaching philosophy or the requirements of your school district. There are still a lot of ‘cutesy worksheets’ out there, which I know many school districts today would probably frown upon, especially for core areas.
Your next question may be, “Does AOE sell resources on TPT?” – Short answer: No.
All of the downloads and resources you see in our magazine are free. The bulk of our more detailed resources are put into our online classes, free to participants. For example, teachers in our Student Growth class get a copy of the 30 page booklet “The Art Teacher’s Guide to Student Growth” to help guide their coursework. This format allows us to dive deeper into the hot topics in an educational format, and give teachers graduate credit to do so. There is a little something for everyone out there when it comes to resources, depending on your needs.
I really like the idea of teachers sharing with each other: free, paid or otherwise. We are better together! What are your thoughts?
Have you purchased anything on Teachers Pay Teachers? What did you think?
Where do you get your resources for the classroom?