Saturday, August 25, 2012

TPT Tips and Tricks & September CCSS Writing

Hello, hello!  It's been a while!  I've finished my second full week of teaching my sweet 2nd graders and my second full week of teaching at the university level as well.  For those who don't know, I also teach EDU 489: Student Teaching Seminar at the university in ALL my spare time...LOL!  But I am surviving and have absolutely fallen in love with teaching the university students.  It is definitely my second passion after teaching my little 2nd graders.

So...I thought I'd write about some little tips and tricks for navigating your downloads and purchases through TeachersPayTeachers.  Take notes :)

First, have you been leaving sweet quality feedback after you purchase an item?  If not, you're missing out - literally!  When you download products, they move to your My Purchases section of the TPT site.  In the My Purchases section, you will see a list of everything you've purchased.  From there, click Provide Feedback beside each of our products.  Each time you leave sweet  quality feedback, you receive TPT Credits.  These TPT Credits can be used towards your next purchase!  Brilliant!  You can find out more about TPT Credits on the TPT site {here}.

Next, the sellers on TPT often get many, many questions regarding the downloads of products.  If you are trying to download a product, open it, and you see blurry or black boxes, this is what you need to do.
  1. Know that this is not the seller's fault or error.  It's an issue on TPT's end at times and an issue on your computer's end at times.  It's easy to fix, so please don't leave poor feedback due to this.
  2. Go to your My Purchases page.
  3. The third paragraph of text will tell you what you need to do to fix this issue.  It's usually just a quick download of the newest version of Adobe Reader.
  4. If you are on a Mac, DO NOT try to open TPT files in Preview.  All TPT files must be opened in Adobe Reader.  To choose the program to open with on a Mac, find your downloaded file, hold down the Control key and click on the file, go to Open With..., and choose Adobe Reader.
  5. If you are still having problems viewing a file and none of the above worked, go to your My Purchases page and look to the right of the screen to find Download Difficulties in RED.  This will direct you to a page where TPT can email you the file or you can Contact TPT for assistance.
  6. Finally, if you still cannot download or open/view a file, go to the bottom of any TPT screen and find Contact Us.  From there, you can Open a Support Ticket and TPT will help you with anything you might be having trouble with.  They usually respond very quickly and are so sweet to work with!
Some buyers also run into the problem of not being able to print the downloaded file, or it only prints half the pages and then stops, or you click File Print and then the icon just spins and spins.  There's an easy fix for this too.  In Adobe Reader click File, Print, then click Advanced, and check the box beside the words Print as Image.  This will help if you're having trouble printing due to large file sizes or files with lots of backgrounds and graphics.

I have to give a shout-out to a very sweet blogger named Linda Kamp from Around the Kampfire.  She just posted a sweet-as-can-be post about me on her blog.  Go check it out {HERE} and go ahead and follow her while you're at it.  She has some great resources and is a super sweet lady too!!

And last, but certainly not least, I am finally finished with the September Common Core Writing Activities.  They follow the same format as my August Common Core Writing Activities.  You can see where I blogged about those {HERE}.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my writing instruction thanks to these nicely aligned writing activities.  My students are loving the real-world connections and are finding it easy fun to write!  I'm lovin' it!  Make sure to hop on over to my TPT store and check them out.  {Click Here} to Download!

Finally, if you haven't "liked" my Facebook Page yet, head on over and follow me there!  I post a little bit more often and give you the heads up on new products and products in the works.  There are even secret giveaways on occassion for all of my Facebook Followers :)  So make sure you follow 2nd Grade Stuff on FB!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Back to School TPT Sale - 28% off!

Whew!  Sorry for my long absence guys.  I've been a little a lot under the weather.  Pneumonia in August!  Ugh!

The good news is: I'm having a sale in my TPT store tomorrow (August 12) and Monday (August 13).  Everything in my store will be 20% off PLUS another 10% off on top of that using the discount code BTS12 at checkout - that's a great savings!

Click the button below to head on over and fill up your shopping cart!  Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Take a Tour of My Classroom

Well, it's done and ready for students!  Take a tour of my classroom below.  Click on the pictures to enlarge and pin away!  :)

The front of my classroom.  The numbers are from Amy Lemons.

You can see in this picture that I took the legs off of my small group table so that the kiddos can sit on the floor around the table.  It saves room and lots of noise, not to mention helps with the "wiggles".

My small group area in front of the ActivBoard.  My teacher desk is pushed up against the wall...who sits down at their desk anyway?!  :)

My CAFE and Daily 5 Board and my cute neon baskets from Dollar Tree.  Beanbags are from Walmart.

Technology Table. We have 3 iPads and 5 iPod Touch devices.  I keep them in the little drawers on the table.  Headphones are in the green box.  The Acceptable Use Policy Posters can be found for FREE at Soaring Through Second Grade.

This is my Read to Self area.  I love the chairs (Target) and rug (Dollar General).  

This is my Work on Writing table.  The I Can Write A... bulletin board can be found {here} from A Cupcake for the Teacher.  It's a wonderful resource!  The Writer's Eye Posters can be found for FREE {here} from Sailing Through First Grade.

The back of my room and door to my next door neighbor.  My attendance check-in is on the black cabinet door and my behavior clip chart is on the side of the filing cabinet.

A view of the rest of my computers - we are lucky to have 5!

From the front corner.

My crate seats that I made last year - love them and they're sturdy.  I only had to replace one crate!  You can find my post about them {here}.  I think it was my very first post!

My table baskets.  I love these baskets from Dollar Tree.  Inside, I have two plastic, disposable containers to house crayons and two plastic cups for markers and pencils.

My Brownie Points board, my whisper phones, pick me cup and Brain Breaks from 3rd Grade Thoughts.

Once again, my teacher area with the Whole Brain Teaching posters on the board found {HERE} for free from First Grade Fever.

Whew!  There you have it!  My 2nd Grade Classroom for 2012-2013.  Our first day with students is Thursday so wish me luck!  :o)  Thanks for stopping by and feel free to pin any pictures you like.  A big thanks to all those bloggers that I linked to who inspired me to create my room using so much FREE, awesome material!  If you see something of yours that isn't linked to you, please comment below so that I can give you credit - I don't "think" I left anybody out :)