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What kind of resources do you need?

Discussion in 'Independent' started by Laukins1, Dec 27, 2015.

  1. Laukins1

    Laukins1 New commenter

    Hi, I'm just wondering what kind of resources teachers are currently looking for. Do you have new set of class readers but no lesson plans for example? Having just had a baby, I have more time on my hands than I once did! I've just set up a TES shop and really want to make sure that what I'm creating is useful and current.

    Please let me know if there is something in particular you are looking for, especially resources that you would be willing to pay a small amount for (50p to £1 say). I'd love to be able to make a living from doing what I'm doing!

  2. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    A set of numicon per table, at least.
    A set of handwriting pens that last more than a fortnight.
    Suitable shelving to store equipment sensibly.
    I'd definitely pay 50p to £1 for these, but I imagine they aren't the kind of resources you are making. :)
  3. Laukins1

    Laukins1 New commenter

    Haha, okay let me rephrase that: which books are you using as class readers or guided reading books?
  4. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    You'd more need to know my class's strengths and weaknesses are. What I intend to teach them next. What engages them.
    Would I pay 50p for a comprehension on The Iron Man, or £1 for a week of lesson plans on The Very Hungry Caterpillar? Nopes, there are heaps of free ones about.
    And for the paid for full on planning, many schools have bought into schemes or teachers write their own.
    I think what you are doing is admirable, but am unsure you'll actually make a living from it.
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  5. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    Agreed, especially in more specialised areas....
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  6. asnac

    asnac Lead commenter

    I wouldn't ask teachers for advice - we are not marketing experts, we just know what we want when we want it. Instead, I'd suggest subscribing to well-established commercial online resources websites, see what's on offer, and do it better or cheaper. Or offer to work for them freelance.
  7. MissHallEnglish

    MissHallEnglish Occasional commenter Forum guide and community helper

    I contribute both paid and free resources - I wouldn't set out to 'make a career' out of it. I'm making resources for the classes I teach and if they are appropriate for other colleagues, then great, I'm happy to have spent the time making them. The resources I sell are a little more detailed and need (in my opinion) less doing to them to be able to teach after purchasing.
    As a starting point, have a look at new syllabuses and create resources that you might use in the future and that there aren't many resources out there for.
    Good luck :)
  8. Laukins1

    Laukins1 New commenter

    Thanks for your comments people. I'm interested to know which texts are in current use at KS2 and KS3. I agree, it's unlikely I'll be able to make a living selling resources on here. Hey ho, maybe I will find something in educational outreach and do a bit of supply teaching!
  9. armandine2

    armandine2 Established commenter

    Tudor House - craft skills
    electricity and circuits - for dummies
    5 minute self standing digital presentations
    not sure what is out there - but from experience this is where I would start.

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