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Reclaim Your Nights and Weekends! This Teacher's #1 Lesson Plan Resource

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An experienced high school English teacher shares tips and tricks to make your teaching life easier. Today, let’s talk about TeachersPayTeachers.com, a tool that can restore our free time, make us more thoughtful about our classroom practices, and connect us to an international network of teacher friends. Want your school to cover your TeachersPayTeachers.com purchases? Of course you do! Click here to learn how your administrator can set up an account for your school: http://bit.ly/ShareTpTForSchools Click here to check out my materials: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Laura-Randazzo Lots of advice and free resources for secondary teachers at https://laurarandazzo.com/ Music used with permission of Sing King: https://www.youtube.com/user/singkingkaraoke
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Katrin Keller (2 months ago)
Hello from Germany, as I am preparing for the beginning of our school year here next week, I have just discovered youtube teacher vlogs and TpT... as an English teacher myself, that is quite an awesome resource. You do things quite differently on your side of the pond, but it‘s interesting and I hope I can adapt some of it. So thanks for putting yourself and your ideas out there!
Laura Randazzo (2 months ago)
And thank YOU for watching, Katrin! It would be interesting to compare/contrast our different systems. Good and bad in everything, I'm guessing...
Bethany Cannon (2 months ago)
Hi Laura! I’m a first-year ELA teacher in California (11th grade college prep & honors). I just want to thank you for everything you’ve shared. You inspire me to do great things in my classroom. I truly admire your energy and dedication to our work, and I hope to make as great of an impact as you! XoXo
Laura Randazzo (2 months ago)
Go get ‘em, Bethany! And enjoy that DREAM schedule. Juniors are the best balance of hard-working and fun-loving. So bright and shiny! Sounds like you’re set for a great year. :)
Helena Salazar (3 months ago)
Laura, thank you for your tips and advice. Regards from Portugal 🇵🇹
Laura Randazzo (3 months ago)
Wonderful, Helena! I love knowing my little video has traveled all the way to Portugal to find you. Gotta love YouTube! Thanks for watching. :)
Laura, I wanted to know how do you handle parents in the most professional manner from parents that felt that their children can't do no wrong and they are really on fire and being disrespectful during a PT meeting?
Laura Randazzo (3 months ago)
Great question, Kymberrlie, and one worthy of an entire video, for sure. I can tell you here, though, that any meeting that veers into "fire" and disrespect is immediately cancelled until it can be rescheduled with an administrator present. I'd say, "I hear you and I'm sorry that you feel that way. At this point, we've reached an impasse and we'll need to continue the conversation with one of our administrators." I haven't had many of these in my career, but it does happen. There's a lot we can do ahead of time to prevent such situations, but some people are just crazy. I remind myself that a public school is a microcosm of society. Most folks are hardworking and reasonable, but we have a few criminals and mentally unstable people in every town. The same is true for the parent community. When you meet someone like that, tread lightly and bring in witnesses. Just added your question to my idea notebook. Thanks!
Mary Allen (3 months ago)
Who rules the world? Teachers! I love the Tpt community and all the collaboration that happens on instagram. I think that teachers, at heart, love sharing with others. Making a few extra bucks is just the cherry on top. Great vid Laura! It was bee-u-tiful! (Blame the bee for the pun bzzz)
Laura Randazzo (3 months ago)
Mary Allen So cute! And Darin’s in our little community here, too. :D
Mary Allen (3 months ago)
Got that from Darin Nakakihara... he was the first Teacher tuber I ever watched, still follow him. He teaches fourth just like me. Have an awesome afternoon Laura!!!
Laura Randazzo (3 months ago)
Mary Allen Love that! And Teacher Tuber? Hey, that’s me. :) I’ve resisted calling myself a “YouTuber” because I’m definitely not. Teacher Tuber, though, feels much more accurate.
Mary Allen (3 months ago)
Me too. I am so glad I started watching teacher tubers and that I joined the instagram community. There is a quote that came up on my feed a few days ago that shows a teacher being seen by a doctor, and the doctor says, "Your heart is slightly bigger than the average human heart, but that's because you're a teacher." That describes many teachers to a T.
Laura Randazzo (3 months ago)
For sure, Mary Allen. My husband teases me that I'd still be making, sharing, blogging, vlogging – all the things! – even if I weren't making a dime. It's just remarkable to me how we can improve people's lives and change the world with technology. I'm so in! :)
Amy and Mink (3 months ago)
I thought you lived in California?
Laura Randazzo (3 months ago)
It IS beautiful here – not to mention so much more affordable. ;)
Amy and Mink (3 months ago)
Laura Randazzo I am. Californian but I had lived in Idaho for two years. It’s an awesome state!
Laura Randazzo (3 months ago)
Oh, yeah, we did, but Team Randazzo relocated two years ago to improve my husband's work/commute craziness. It's been a good move for us. :)
Emily Klein (3 months ago)
I could sing the praises of Created for Learning on TPT. They have both secondary and primary sources, which is great for me since I'm going from secondary to primary. Their literary packets and PowerPoints are the bomb! Not only do I love the TPT platform for activities, but they have so many sources for decorations! Going that extra little mile for the kids pays off in dividends in engaging the kids--even in high school! I wasn't able to do much for my first year of teaching high school, but the little I could do was much appreciated and envied by other students who didn't have me as a teacher. :)
Laura Randazzo (3 months ago)
Absolutely, Emily. And I must add that Jonathan and Lisa, Created for Learning's teacher-authors, are pretty much the cutest couple ever! :)
Andrea Snow (3 months ago)
Awesome! I have used TPT in the past, but haven't created anything yet. I had no idea that you were am Idaho teacher. I used to live and teach there but now I love and teach in Texas!!
Laura Randazzo (3 months ago)
Andrea Snow Well, get started, Andrea! It will be the best professional development of your career. No question. :)
Jenn Waller Solis (3 months ago)
I applaud your reaction to the bee. Had it been me I would have spazzed out and run leaving camera, pets and loved ones to fend for themselves.
Laura Randazzo (3 months ago)
Great suggestion, Jenn. I'll definitely think about that video topic. It's a little tricky, though, because I can't be as candid about that as I am about other topics since some of my students – in both CA and up here in Idaho – have found my YouTube channel. I'll need to choose my words carefully, something I don't always do well when I hit that video "record" button. I'll think about it... :)
Jenn Waller Solis (3 months ago)
PSS thank you!
Jenn Waller Solis (3 months ago)
Laura Randazzo - excellent! I respect bees and what they do for the planet... but at a distance ha! PS - have you thought about making a video regarding transitioning from teaching in California to Idaho? I’ve been a TA in Los Angeles for almost 8 years and decided that I’m ready to teach, but have my sights set on teaching in Utah (Neighbors to Idaho :D). How did you manage/ what was the transition process like? Do you feel like it was easy to adapt culturally?
Laura Randazzo (3 months ago)
Jenn - a Future Teacher Ha! Happy to report that I finished the afternoon sting-free. :)
I Love your videos! Greetings from Mexico City!
Laura Randazzo (3 months ago)
Thanks so much for watching, Cintia Eunice. So glad you’re here! :)
A. Mann (3 months ago)
Thank you for your videos, Laura! I look forward to them. Theme of this year: "Work smarter, not harder!" I'm also looking forward to hearing the pitfalls of TPT and how you learned to circumvent them!
Laura Randazzo (3 months ago)
Thanks for watching, A. Mann. :) Yes, indeed, there is good and bad in everything. Next week, I plan to talk about some of the bad things and some strategies I've used to side-step those problems. Stay tuned...
xyhanx (3 months ago)
I have been using TPT for a while but it is only you that I decide to buy from. :D I think one of the best advice I got from you is that as much as possible, do all the things (checking, making exams, lessons prep) during the times I have payment. I even accepted to be a sub because kids were tasked to do something so I was able to check papers. Before, I will even go to school on a weekend just to check mountains of papers. Maximing the time at school is really a logical and wise thing to do.
Laura Randazzo (3 months ago)
Absolutely, Xyhanx! Getting paid to grade during time on campus is WAY better than doing in our own time. I've also scooped up those emergency sub assignments on my prep period and monitored after-school detention because both allowed me quiet time to mark my stacks of paper while padding my paycheck a bit. A real win-win! :)

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