Wednesday, 27 April 2016

The 9 stages of selling online

I have been selling resources online now for nearly a year and it has been exciting, terrifying and very dull in equal measures and sometimes all at the same time! With that in mind here is a light-hearted look at the nine emotional stages of selling our resources online.

Stage one: Interest
  • You find out about online selling from a friend or a post online and your interest is peaked, "ohh, I could do that" you think to yourself.

Stage two: Excitement

  • You do a bit of research and before you know it you have found Deanna Jump! "I'm going to be a millionaire!"
  • You set up your store and wait!

Stage three: Panic

  • Why would I do this? NO one is going to buy my products what do I know?
Stage four: Celebration

  • First sale! People are buying things!
  • First feedback! People love me! I'm fabulous.

Stage five: Optimism

  • My sales are climbing, I could really make something of this
  • There's a sale on! My sales are looking really healthy
  • Working out how much you would need to give up work
Stage six: Reality check (sometimes coupled with summer)

  • Oh, no I'm not giving up work just yet.
  • Where has everyone gone????
Stage seven: Distraction
  • Life gets in the way, busy, busy, busy.
  • Your store takes a bit of a pause

Stage eight: Back on track
  • Why did I leave it so long?
  • Look at all these fantastic ideas I have! I must get working!
Stage nine: The cycle
  • repeating stages seven and eight over and over...

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Nicky v. Nicky

(In your best ring master voice)

We are in for a treat, our one and only education secretary has many opponents willing to take her on. Tonight she faces her biggest threat…


In the red corner we have Nicky Morgan, education secretary, helper of the disadvantaged, leader of the new deal for teachers and in the blue corner we have Nicky Morgan, figurehead for British values, inspiration to all back trackers everywhere!

Red corner Nicky comes out swinging with an interview where she takes the strong view point of “We are NOT going to say every school must be an academy”(4:11) followed quickly by “we want schools to make decisions for themselves (4:39)”, this is swiftly countered by Blue corner Nicky jumping in with her white paper which forces all schools into academy status, for their own good (9:28)!

Oh but Red corner Nicky isn’t done. She packs a punch with her quote that “Parental choice is a large part of our system. We will listen to parents.”(0:29) Blue Nicky isn’t down yet she counters with “The system takes too long, listening to parents and taking appeals, we are putting a stop to that!” (paraphrased)

Moving on from the academy debate Red corner Nicky insists “We will not have a selective system (47:21).” But Blue corner Nicky is over there sliding in a lovely new grammar school and she follows it up in quick succession, with her academies being about to select their own pupils!

Wow it’s an exciting fight this one! Blue corner Nicky launches an attack with the number of state schools (0:33) in special measures, Red corner Nicky caught off guard is unable to counter (1:50) in the same interview, she fumbles around when asked how many academies are failing….. “erm, errr, I’m not going to go into that, I don’t need to discuss numbers…” Oh dear, tut, tut Red corner!

Red Nicky isn’t out for the count yet, she has another trick up her sleeve with the SATs. Red Nicky thinks testing 7 year olds (0:40) is the way to make them smarter! She believes it is the best step forward! Bravo Red corner Nicky, I don’t know how Blue corner Nicky will counter that! Oh there she is! With her quote on how testing isn’t going to make children brighter "teach them in the way they learn best!" (2:26) Yep that was a solid hit there!

 It seems that whatever happens, a Nicky is going to be on the ropes tonight… Is it any wonder you were laughed off stage?

Friday, 1 April 2016

Five for Friday 01/04/16

So mid half term Friday! Where did the first week go??

So I am once again taking part in doodlebugs linky party Five for Friday. Where I let you all know the  5 important things I have been up to this week.

Here are the five things I have been up to this week:

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Easter! I love chocolate and I also love long weekends and I REALLY love half term! So a 4 day weekend, with a half term after it and loads of chocolate!!! Yes that is fantastic thank you very much.

Oh yes right the rest of the blog.... sorry I got distracted by all the yumminess.

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My daughter has started to drive! Yes this is very scary for me. I brought her lessons for her birthday and she has gone out a couple of times in my car just around car parks. Now that she is on the road I see terrible drivers everywhere and it terrifies me! Please drive safely everyone and NEVER text and drive!

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I have finished my Leon and the Place Between unit! I am so pleased with it! Do you ever have that piece of work that just never seems quite right so you go back to it and back to it again and again. Well that was this unit for me. But I am finally happy with it!

Leon and the Place Between

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This week I have also been taking a bit of a step back from my TES store to focus on TPT. While I do love both my stores TES is still finding its feet and along with lots of technical issues, the seller experience is making it a lot harder work than it needs to be. I will still keep my TES store open with a limited range of products but all my products will be available on TPT.

The Ginger Teacher

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And lastly we have a brand new coffee machine and OMG! It is amazing. I am drinking rather a lot more coffee now though, but it tastes sooooo good!

It's a Tassimo and I am a little bit in love with it!

Carte Noire Latte Macchiato Caramel Coffee Pods

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Monday, 7 March 2016


I do realise I am not exactly the most 'finger on the pulse' type person (the fact that I say things like finger on the pulse, just goes to show this.) But I do try and keep up with the latest social media trends.

I have been reading quite a bit about Periscope lately but no matter how much I read I still didn't really get it. It seemed a bit odd to me. I couldn't figure out why you would want to record a video that could vanish after 24 hours, I'm still not complete sure I understand snap chat.

After the young teacher conference in Brighton I have completely changed my mind! Periscope is so much fun! It is a bit like YouTube commenting in real time and I loved it. So anyone who is still on the fence or confused all I can say is just give it a go, join up and watch a video. Once you get going it will make sense I promise, all the articles I read couldn't really explain how it worked you just have to suck it and see! (Yes I really need to work on my down-with-the-kids-lingo)

Monday, 29 February 2016

Young Teachers

On Friday I am off to lovely Brighton for the Young Teacher Conference with the NUT! I am very excited and not just because I can still (just!) be considered a young teacher :)

The conference is about shaping our future and the impact teachers can have on their own future careers and the profession as a whole. I am very excited about this as I think too many people just accept when things are a bit rubbish and get on with it!

I will update once I have been.

Is anyone else going?

Friday, 19 February 2016

Five for Friday 19/02/16

Usually I love to see Fridays! Today.... not so much. It is the end of half term, but don't cry too much only 4 weeks to Easter! (yes I'm rounding up!)

So I am once again taking part in doodlebugs linky party Five for Friday. Where I let you all know the  5 important things I have been up to this week.

Here are the five things I have been up to this week:

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So Sunday was Valentine's day, the day of romance. My wonderful other half did not disappoint and took me up to London to the very posh Mayfair Hotel for a lovely meal in the Mayfair Kitchen and then onto a screening of When Harry met Sally, in the hotel's private cinema, with champagne! Shame we can't do this things all the time. I felt very spoilt :)

.... and yes I am bragging just a little bit...

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This week I have been getting drawn into online rants about teachers selling resources. I really don't see why I should be called immoral for putting time, effort and money into a very useful project and then selling it for a reasonable price.

I am fully aware that arguing on the internet is pointless, you are never going to change the mind of the other person and they aren't going to bring you around to their point of view so I shouldn't get drawn in, but sometimes it is difficult not to try and defend yourself!

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As it has been half term I have been trying to get on top of things.... Yeah that was never going to happen was it? I emptied out the under-the-stairs shoe cupboard, which is a tiny little cupboard but still managed to collect 3 bin bags of shoes to throw away and still have loads to try and squeeze back in there! It took ages but mainly because I kept stopping to get excited and try on shoes I had forgotten I owned.

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This week I have been putting my half term to good use and creating more products for my stores. I have been really into math lessons recently so I have a lot of new multiplication lessons up. Check out my whole week of multiplication lesson which I am very pleased with here on TPT and TES

Multiplication Complete Week Unit
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And lastly I am getting excited and ready for Secret Cinema!!!! I am going on Sunday and I am really really excited! If you have never heard of secret cinema please, please, please google it right now. It is the most immersive film experience you will ever get and I am going on Sunday! So I will try and update you all about it after I have been.

Sorry that's all I can say about that really..... It's a secret!

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Monday, 15 February 2016

Take some time off!

Happy half term (those that are on half term, those that aren’t sorry…) I am off school for a whole week. I promised myself I would actually take some time off this week.

I don’t know about you but sometimes taking time off is actually harder than it sounds. The never ending to-do list is still sitting at the back of my mind and the relaxing thing I am trying to do becomes a chore because I’m not getting to the things I am supposed to be doing! (Yes I am aware I sound crazy, and we haven’t even gotten to the crazy part yet!)

I have found my solution to this. I write my to-do list for the day and I actually decide that part of my day will involve relaxation of some kind. So I will add to my list something I really want to do and make it, not the top priority, but definitely up there. For example today along with tidying the house, writing this blog post and planning next week’s SPaG I am going to sit down and read the new book for at least an hour. I cannot wait to open it up and get to it; but I know that if I just stay in bed and read I will spend the whole time feeling guilty about my list so now it is on the list, read for an hour has become a to-do. Now when it comes, I will be pleased to get started on it! I realise this makes me a bit crazy but it is almost like I am giving myself permission to do something enjoyable.

 My new book:

Am I alone in this or does anyone else have trouble switching off and actually doing things just for fun without feeling bad about it?