I am a full-time teacher, so summer is my primary time to create new products. For that month and a half, I spend 8-12 hours per day working on creating, perfecting, and posting products. During the school year, my energy is devoted to my classroom and the students in it, but I do spend some time during school breaks creating and posting products.
My husband does help with the basic setup – he enters the information into each presentation and does some of the rough formatting, but I go through and review every lesson to ensure that the flow makes sense, as if I was teaching that lesson. This includes rephrasing awkward wording, adding various timing features to the text, ensuring that it is visually appealing for the students and teacher, etc.
In addition, I consider how students will react to the presentations, including how distracted students might become if I add too much or not enough.
I think about the font choices (seriously, I do), as I explicitly remember my 2nd grade class going off on a 15 minute tangent because the “cutesy” font made the letters look different than how they were taught to write. So, in the middle of my math lesson, I had to explain what font choices were and why designers use them and emphasize why they really weren’t relevant to the math content. Can you imagine if that happened during an observation?!
Also, the clip art I use is carefully chosen to ensure no tangents similar to the font tangent occur. Again, I learned from experience – “Why does that kid look so funny?” “REALLY – why are his hands circles?” and on and on and on.
So, my buyers benefit from my experience.
The creation process from start to finish is incredibly lengthy. I would estimate that each lesson requires at least one full day to complete. Now, multiply that by 150+ lessons. THEY ARE VERY TIME CONSUMING TO CREATE.
Once my products are complete, they don’t do teachers any good if they’re sitting on my computer, therefore I must dedicate time to uploading them to my TpT store which can take 5-10 minutes for each one (times 150+ lessons).
All this doesn’t include any of the time (or money) I spend to search out and procure the digital papers, fonts, clip art, etc. When I actually sat down and considered my in investment in the various facets of creating my products, I was astounded.
So, if a teacher spent 2-3 hours creating a lesson, and they earn (for ease of demonstration) $20/hour – that resource is in effect, worth $40-$60.
I think my price of $3 seems fair.
Classroom Teacher Doctor of Education
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