Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Back to School 2017

I have been devoting many hours in product creating since May to ready my store for this HUGE back to school event. Last year and the years prior, I just didn't have time to spare in between juggling work, married and new mom life I was just trying to complete my daily tasks.

I will give myself props now since I have been a master at accomplishing things haha But... on the serious note!

My goal was clear: Sell more than I did last year!  Since my sales were close to dismal the prior year it was my driving force!  I marketed myself on my regular teacher blogs and Facebook that I was doing a storewide sale of 20%. The sale lasted three days prior to one of the biggest TpT site wide sales for Back to School.  My experiment was to test if I increased the days of the sales for my customers they would purchase items prior to the big sale. 

I am a guppy right now swimming in a current surrounded by Megalodons to put in perspective how competitive Teachers pay Teacher is! So I wanted to find a way to reach more customers by having additional days they could buy my on sale items.  I think it worked! But, there are still a few more days to figure out the end results! 

Don't forget the guppies out in the world - We have some AMAZING products to offer!
Ready, Set, Go - Check out my Products!!! Grab them while they are HOTTTTT

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Creating My First .GIF Banner!

As I am on this TpT journey, I hope to share my insights with you as well! If you are an active TpT'er you will notice somethings that the normal "sellers" just don't have in their store. One of these items have been on my To-Do-List since opening my store. Rotating Banners, seems easy right?! Well... I'm pleased to Present (drumroll...) My very first and personally created ROTATING BANNER!  <the crowd screams - ahhhh>
This task may seem to have been an easy one BUT... Let me tell you! Noooo! It was actually very tedious in finding the correct directions. Many people purchase pre-made banners, but I really like to add my own style to my store! What do you think???? 

Kudos to Home Run Teaching, her step-by-step directions were exactly correct and was so useful! Visit her store here! 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Weekly Bell Work

Weekly Bell Work

Whole Numbers for 6th Grade Review

Whole Numbers Bell Work

I have been working on making my warm-ups available and now the first two series are up! Weekly Bell Work: Whole Numbers (Freebie) and Weekly Bell Work: Whole Numbers Word Problem Edition. These two series are part of many more to come!

They both are extremely useful with a particular focus on Whole Numbers using Addition and Subtraction. I will be completing my sixth grade warm-ups prior to releasing seventh and eighth grade.

However, you can stay informed by following me on Pinterest, Blogger or TpT!

Ratios & Unit Rates Bell Work

Since the above release of my first two units in the 6th Grade Bell Work Set, I have finished with a very fun warm-up revolving around Ratios and Unit Rates. It is one of my personal favorite units because ratios are vital to understanding proportions, similarity and not to mention fractions!  One of the many goals with these warm-ups is to grab your students attention and get them thinking immediately when class starts.  My Bell Work is fast, fun and engaging. It takes the teacher out of the center of the room and allows for them to complete daily tasks such as attendance, returning of graded materials and prepping for the activities to follow.  I always supply an answer key making reviewing seamless. My goal is to encourage high performance teaching with equally rigorous materials. 

New Blogger

Well... Let me start with how excited I am that my personal teaching journey has lead me to become a BLOGGER! 

It's a big step in my realm for my own individual growth and reaching out to my followers.  Thank you for all your continuous support and feedback. 

Please take a moment and visit my TpT store HERE

"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you" -B.B. King


Let me tell you a bit about myself... HI! My name is Tiarra Arthur! 
I am passionate about middle school math and came to love it by accident!  HA!  Here's a bit of my background for you:

In college my major was Secondary Education, so I knew I wanted to be a teacher -- However, my focus was on Biology NOT Math!  After graduating, there was no openings in my county for ANY science positions and I hastily snatched a teaching position as an English pool teacher.  I joined the school system mid-year so I had my work cut out for me. At the end of that year, I was presented an opportunity by my amazing Principal to secure a 7th Grade Math Classroom.  I jumped at it since science and math go hand in hand.  

I was up for the challenge! 

That year, was full of excitement for me. Not only was I a young teacher learning the ways of the world but I was also wanting my students to absorb information.  During that first year, I found my passion in creating math activities centered around stations or rotations.

So many trials and tribulations lead me to becoming a proficient Math Teacher and a stronger one at that!  Middle school students are unlike their younger and older counterparts - anyone can tell you that!  They have a strange mix of childlike mentalities in a almost teenager body --haha!

With that being said, it was a difficult adjustment for my students and myself included. I was so comfortable in college teaching science that I knew I had to implement those teaching processes to my current field of Math.  So I did!  I started from the ground up, literally! No one in my grade level was using centers so I was "all by myself" <singing the song too> BUT, I was confident in my abilities. 

In the end it was a beautiful experience and extremely valuable at that. That year, after assessments were completed our data came back from the county that I had the top performing students in my grade level! Toot my horn - whoop whoop!  All I can say, is that centers is where its at! 

Follow my Blog and learn my secrets :) I look forward to this experience!!!!