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My gripe with TPT
Old 07-21-2019, 09:30 PM
 
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Piggybacking on a previous thread...

TPT is not for me. Besides the fact that it just rubs me the wrong way that teachers would have to buy the stuff with their own money, there is no guarantee of

1. oversight of the accuracy of content
2. an outside editor
3. alignment to state standards
4. professionalism
5. research

When our district prepares to purchase published curriculum with its budget, the materials have to meet some very strict criteria before they can even be considered. To me, buying and using things from TPT is like flying by the seat of your pants. And now many teachers and even whole districts are depending on it as their sole source of curriculum. And they’ve suckered teachers into paying for it. Purchasing well-researched, professional, high quality, cohesive and standards-aligned curriculum should be one of the top priorities of any school district.


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I think it depends on how you use TPT. I like it for cute crafts like Mother's Day but not for any core curriculum. It saves me a ton of time and I feel likes it's worth it. I'm surprised and saddened to hear that school districts are depending on it as their sole source of curriculum. I agree that teachers should be not be spending their own money on core curriculum. However, I'd rather give my money to fellow teachers for the cute crafty stuff than buying it from a company from a teacher supply store like I used to do years ago.
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However, I'd rather give my money to fellow teachers for the cute crafty stuff than buying it from a company from a teacher supply store like I used to do years ago.
Maybe, but the professionally produced stuff was accurate and useful. I still have books and magazines from The Mailbox and Carson-Dellosa that I've used for years. I refuse to discard them because the materials were well produced. The content is good, I don't have to worry about typos and errors, and it's easy to copy and store for later use. It was more expensive, I'll give you that, but in most cases you received way more than one or two items, so...
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Not TPT related, but you mentioned Carson Delosa. Many, many years ago Carson Dellosa had Make It and Take It workshops. This was back in the day when teachers made most of their bulletin board stuff and letters by hand. It was a creative, fun experience. It’s where I learned how to use Craypas(?).

Thanks for the memory, Teacherwriter.
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Old 07-22-2019, 03:25 AM
 
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I love TPT for decor and premade bulletin stuff. That way I dont have to spend so much time myself making it.

I also like it for noncurriculum stuff. I wanted to do an escape room activity with my kids. I get emails from a teacher escape room company and it is expensive. TPT had them for cheaper.


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Overall, I was satisfied...
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Our district bought curriculum materials for science commercially. The printable materials were full of mistakes. No guarantees there...

I liked what I chose from TPT. It was great for holidays, back-to-school and end-of-the-year projects, reinforcement and sub plans. What I used saved me lots of time and looked great. I did not order all that much, but what I bought supported my lessons.

Different strokes for different folks!
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You gave me an idea
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In my opinion, TpT should only be used for supplemental curriculum not full on replacements. Although, I am a seller and hardly use it for my own classroom. However, you given me an idea to put a disclaimer on my products to say that it's not meant to be a full on replacement for curriculum.
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I think you have to be careful about what you choose on TPT. I have contacted sellers about errors and they've been responsive. It is sad that we have to buy our own things. I can't think of another job that is like teachers in that respect. I have found some great supplemental resources on TPT and have been thankful that I didn't have to spend my time creating them.

Really good TPT sellers should be teamed up with the big companies to make researched based materials that have the same kid-friendly appeal as some of the TPT things.
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Old 07-22-2019, 05:35 AM
 
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For me, the state of VA isnít common core. Most of the curriculum out there is aligned to common core. Our last math program, the publisher took what they already had, and labeled each page with the VA standard. To me, this is not producing curriculum that is aligned with our standards. I find that I love materials from other VA teachers because they were created for VA, by someone that really has experience with the VA curriculum. Our testing has very specific wording, and I want my students to be prepared for that.
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Old 07-22-2019, 06:10 AM
 
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Some schools can't afford to purchase professional curriculum. I used to work at a private school in a low income area. I relied on TPT for my ELA and math curriculum. I used Rooted in Reading and only found two mistakes throughout the entire year. I then transferred to another school that used Go Math and one of the upper grade teachers told me she had found several mistakes in the teacher's edition. Mistakes happen. I've had a good experience with TPT for the most part.


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I love TpT for fonts and graphics. I have also printed really useful games and tools that I could have created myself but it saved me a lot of time.

I actually find a lot of TpT stuff to be better than and more aligned to standards/content than what you can buy from publishers like Scholastic. There are also great resources that complement commercial curriculum such LLI, Lucy Calkins, Eureka math, Wilson & Fundations...I could go on and on. I had a bunch of Mailbox magazines that were free from a retiring teacher and I threw them away because most of it wasn't useful. And I would say that about 90% of the materials I have ordered from the catalogs have been disappointing and barely used. I stick to ordering manipulatives, supplies, some math games, rulers, or other classroom tools. Oh, and I will copies of books for the classroom library. We only get a small supply budget so I try to get the most bang for my buck.

I have purchased my own copies of professional references such as the Words Their Way books and Fountas & Pinnell books from amazon or their respective websites. They can be expensive though. And I have found great activities to go with those programs on TpT.
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Old 07-22-2019, 03:33 PM
 
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Teachers in my district were criticized by higher ups for being found using TpT resources in their classrooms. However, as the district doesn't provide enough resources for all the differentiation we are expected to do, I'm not sure what they think we should be doing.....

The frustrating thing about TpT, is that I feel you can't really rely on honest reviews. The quality definitely varies. I feel that it is best used as a resource, rather than relying on it as the entire curriculum. I've honestly gotten a lot more out of paid subscriptions to teacher websites.
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I find that much of the TPT materials all has the same appearance; the dot font and stick figure kids.
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Old 07-24-2019, 08:32 AM
 
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I pick and choose with TPT (free ones) mostly for center games, but it's like with anything - you have to read over it carefully before you teach it. Some teachers just wait until they're reading a passage with the class and THEN notice a typo. That's not good practice with anything.

A few years back, we had McGraw-Hill (Treasures) curriculum for reading. They claimed it was common core aligned and that ALL the standards were met. I went through the standards myself to make sure. NOPE! Their version of RL3.9 was just listing the titles of other books by the author!
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Old 07-24-2019, 09:35 AM
 
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I don't like not being able to see the product before I buy. I've bought several things that were definitely not worth the money. But then, I have gotten some things I have loved. It's just hard to tell.
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Old 07-24-2019, 06:39 PM
 
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With TPT I have found a few sellers who have left the classroom and are reading specialists who do consulting with school districts. I find that their resources are well done. I think you need to be aware of who is creating the materials youíre thinking of purchasing.
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I only looked at TPT a few times,
Old 07-24-2019, 11:21 PM
 
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but was not impressed by it. It seemed to be the rage w/ some so I thought it might have real cool stuff. A lot of the stuff (especially worksheets) I'd prefer to tailor to my own class. I can whip those out pretty quickly on my own.
I went back and looked again yesterday and saw books (like workbooks) to copy, but you couldn't even see what was inside of them. If I am going to buy a workbook, I want to know it will be useful. Without seeing inside, how would you know?
We have a lot of educational resources including workbooks at our school, but I use a lot of the free sites for practices. I can't imagine districts using TPT as a curriculum.
Looking back, if I had saved all of the $ I blew on school stuff over the years, I probably could have retired years earlier. Yes, I was 1 of the suckers!
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Old 07-24-2019, 11:27 PM
 
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Like some others said, I only use TpT for things like decorations or sub plans. I also only use the free stuff- I set the filter to "free" when searching so I'm not even tempted by the paid products. I found a number display that I've used for a couple of years in my room and then this year I started looking there for sub activities and found some good stuff. For me, about 70-80% of the time my sub gets pulled to cover a regular classroom, so it's absolutely not even worth it to spend time trying to make really relevant sub plans that would try to actually replace the instruction I would have done that day. I leave review activities that are nice extra practice if they do happen and no big deal if they don't.
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TPT is cute
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It's adorable for cute decorations. I don't use it for curriculum, because we have enough of that!
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