miércoles, 20 de junio de 2018

Why TpT is So Great and How to Start a Store- in Spanish!

Por qué TPT es increíble, y cómo empezar una tienda, ¡en español!

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Ever since I started my Teachers Pay Teachers store a little under a year ago–even earlier, I think–I wondered why there were so little resources in Spanish on TpT. And I don't mean resources for teaching the Spanish language (love you, Spanish TpT Sellers!), but resources of every other subject written in Spanish.

Time has answered me that question, and I think it's a cycle that starts with the issue of awareness. There are simply not many Spanish-speaking teachers searching TpT, because they are not finding what they are looking for, so they don't come back.

TpT is such an amazing platform. A time-saver, an idea treasure chest and an incredible supportive community! I'm convinced my lessons have gotten better as I create resources for my own students that are more engaging and even visually interesting. With each sale, I think of the teachers and students my resources are impacting. 

As a middle school teacher myself, I get how unfair the system treats us. How high the expectations are for such low pay. How many tasks are expected of us in a limited amount of time, and all the risks we face just for educating the world's children. I've found that TpT may reduce the time a teacher spends home or after school planning lessons, preparing materials and coming up with ideas, and help free up time to live life. For a couple of bucks a lesson–one that you own forever–I say my time and sanity is definitely worth more than that.

So I finally decided to contribute to making TpT known among the Spanish-speaking teacher community. I've added a new page HERE just for the purpose of learning TpT. Are you interested, or know an incredible, creative teacher who may be? Share this post with them and welcome them to the world of "teacherpreneurship"!

La Misi de Español

lunes, 18 de junio de 2018

La Misi de Español Blog goes bilingual!

November 2019 Update: If you happen to get to this post somehow from pins still flying around Pinterest or some other weird Internet way, I wanted to give you an update that does make me a bit sad. After a bit more than a year, I've decided that doing a bilingual blog is not going to be possible for me for now. I need to simplify my life, and making this work for every post requires much more time and training that I'm not ready to tackle. I still have a few posts in English, and I may even keep doing some, if I feel that they could benefit any teacher, not just my Spanish mates. However, when it comes to teaching strategies and resources for Spanish teachers, I will post in Spanish only. I figure that if you are a Spanish teacher, you'll understand me. If you don't because you are not a Native Speaker or you struggle with the Puerto Rican regionalisms or slang I sometimes use, just let me know and I'll clarify for you. Thanks for understanding!


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I love the idea of writing. I've always had a what-if dream to sometime write children's books, and lately, teen lit. And ever since I found out blogging was a thing, I've wanted to really find something to write about that people would want to read. I figured it would be an "easy" way to become a "self-published author", at least in some facet.

But I didn't expect to question myself so badly about what to write. The thing is, I have too many hobbies and interests, and I consider myself to know a bit about a lot, but not necessarily a lot about a little. I like fashion, but I hate taking pictures of myself and I hate shopping (yep, I'm weird), so I figured that was discarded. I love art, but I'm not sure if I'm very knowledgeable about it and if people would take me seriously without credentials. I love to read, but I barely find time to do it for pleasure since becoming a teacher. I enjoy musicals, but I know a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of what a real theater nerd would know about them.

So in 2016 I finally started a real, self-hosted blog about cake decorating, which is one of the skills that I think I'm pretty good at. Sadly, I quickly found out that I had almost zero content to post about, because I had very little time to actually bake cakes to decorate. Last October, I decided to let that blog "die" an Internet death and stop hosting it.

The one thing in my life that has kept as a constant over the years is education. Although I went through a four year hiatus when I didn't teach, during part of that period I worked in a school setting as a Sign Language interpreter. This experience made me miss my job as a school teacher, and I jumped at the opportunity to give education another chance, and I'm glad I did.

I've been very fortunate to have been working at an excellent school I value a lot for the past four years. I'm passionate about education, about how kids learn, and about making school–specially Spanish class–a place students want to spend time in. So it made total sense to give blogging another chance, this time with an educational focus. Yes, I am a Spanish teacher and I know some of the things I write about may be of benefit to other Spanish or Dual Language teachers, but I am also simply a teacher. 

What I mean by "simply a teacher" is that I am like every teacher. I have struggles, I have good ideas, I have opinions. And that is something I want to share with any teacher, not just the one who speaks English, or the one who speaks Spanish.

All said, I wanted to announce that La Misi de Español blog is going bilingual! Just pick your preferred language from the button on top of each blog post. That's it! (I haven't figured out if/how I can make it work from the homepage, but as soon as you hit the "read more" button, you'll be able to pick your language). I hope this new change will open a whole lot of connections with teachers around the world. 

Write to you later!

La Misi de Español