Teacher brain never turns off and I try to think of that as a blessing and not a frustration. In the summer I’ve found that there are some really great things you can do to keep your teacher brain appeased and still enjoy some sort of vacation from full-on teaching. Here’s my three step process to take advantage of summer deals and get the most out of your time off.
#1 Whenever you can, enter giveaways
So, here’s my advice. Any time you see a Rafflecopter giveaway, or contest, or sweepstakes, ENTER YOUR NAME! Take a chance and you might win big. In the last few months I won a guiro, a $25 TPT gift card, and a free product from another seller. Yes, entering might mean that then you start to get emails from the seller or might see their posts show up more frequently in your Facebook newsfeed (I’ll talk about that in a second). Just know that now is the time for giveaways and you could be on the receiving end! Keep your eyes open for them!
#2 Get serious about social media
If you’re not a “fan” then you don’t get the perks of being a “fan.” When I think about my Teachers Pay Teachers store I know the people who have been with me from the beginning and always give me helpful feedback and constructive comments. I like to “thank” those people by doing Flash Freebies that I know they’ll be able to take advantage of. Sometimes I’ll just send them a product to have them try out and give helpful feedback about. Being a fan (whether that means on the email list, “like”ing on Facebook, or “Following” on Teachers Pay Teachers) is WORTH IT!
If you’re sick of notifications, unsubscribe. YOU control what you want to see. If you don’t like it, then you don’t have to see it any more! You are in control!
While you're at it, check out my social media outlets by clicking the pictures below!
#3 Find Blogs and Follow!
I started blogging just this year and one of the main reasons I did is that I crave time with other music teachers and rarely get it. We’re lucky if we can get one professional development with other music teachers a month. Some people don’t get PD that frequently. I’ve found that blogs can sometimes substitute as an online professional development because you learn about tips and tricks that work for other teachers. Learn new ideas and in some cases even see through pictures how that teacher made their idea work. Find freebies, songs, games, and links to more helpful resources.
What’s also great is that you can even dialog with the blog's teacher/authors. I blog quite a bit and I know that a lot of people cruise through the blog, but I rarely get comments or emails. As a general rule, bloggers like communicating with readers. We’d love to explain something better or chat with you about how our idea might work in your room. Send us a question, we’ll probably respond back. Use blogs as a professional tool and as a resource. Borrow the ideas you like and pass over those that won’t work in your room.