August 2020 Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s August Teacher Talk Time…..Hopefully you have a wonderful year whether you are physically in your classroom, using a hybrid model, or distance learning.  We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.

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Qigong For Stress Relief and Well Being

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern 

 It’s the beginning of a new school year and boy have things changed. Some of you will be doing hybrid teaching, others will be in the classroom. If we’re to survive in this new world of ours, we need to deal with stress, discomfort, anxiety, tension, depression, fear about getting ill, anger, as well as physical and emotional pain.


 Getting the Most of Out of Distance Learning

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

This begins my 34th year of teaching. I did not yet own a personal computer in 1987, let alone have a computer in the classroom! Times have changed, yet effective teaching practices have not.


 Bitmoji Virtual Classrooms

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning 

Some thoughts on the bitmoji virtual classroom explosion. Will it work for you? 


  A Retired Teacher’s COVID-19 Journey

 By Renee Heiss of All American Teacher Tools

Read how I transformed from a purple ditto creating first year teacher to a retired teacher learning to create Bitmojis. It has been an interesting journey!


A Silver Lining

By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

 Is there a silver lining for teachers, parents, and students in the midst of all our significant pandemic afflictions? Perhaps, a few…


Five Assumptions about Distance Learning-Why it’s Not Working for Every Child!

By Vicki Rauch of Scipi

My husband and I have taught together for over 80 years. We continue to do so because we love what we do; however, we are very disturbed by the terms Virtual Learning or Distance Learning or On-Line Learning. Now don’t get the idea that because we are “old”, we don’t or can’t use technology. Technology is part of our lives, especially in our teaching, but when we hear Distance Learning, many people make assumptions that simply aren’t true.


 Tips for Sequencing When Reading and Writing

By Charlene Tess of Charlene Tess

Tips to help students with narrative writing. 


3-Tips for Distance Learning Classroom First Week Success

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing 

 Learn 3-essential tips for a successful return to your distance learning classroom. Help start your year with community building games and important tips to set a positive tone for the school year.


 CGI Mathematics A Research based Approach 

        By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR’s Classroom

                        Let’s learn about CGI Mathematics A Research based Approach                


 Tips for Remote Teaching

By Michelle Webb of Teaching Ideas for Those Who Love Teaching 

7 tips to make remote teaching successful.


 TEACHER TALK IS BACK for the 2020-21 school year! Look for new posts from some of the best bloggers around on the third Sunday of every month! August posts are below!

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May 2020 Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s May already, time sure flies.   Time to stop by and see what our teaching friends are doing during the school closures. This is the last link-up for this school year. We’ll see you again in August.

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Now That School’s Out. What Will We Do for the Summer?

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

Summer is the time for fun, fun, fun! School is out no more hitting the books. The only problem is that much of what was learned during the school year is forgotten, “out of sight, out of mind.” Not so with these fun educational activities that will keep the children looking for more and not even realizing they’re learning.


Tried & True Tools for Managing Distance Learning

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried & True Teaching Tools 

 I am SO thankful for the many teachers who know more than me and their willingness to share their expertise! There is no reason to reinvent the wheel! Here are some tried & true tools that have saved my time and sanity with distance learning!


Slipping into Summer

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning  

Reflections on our “new normal” ways of teaching and learning.


 Should You Red Shirt Your Kindergartner?

By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight 

Will a delayed start to kindergarten improve a child’s success in school? Many kindergartners have not experienced a full school year due to the pandemic. This re-post might help some parents and teachers in reaching what might be a more difficult than usual decision this year.


 Integrating Sustainable Development Goals into OurTeaching

By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR’s Classroom

Integrating sustainable development goals into teaching


Teaching Reading in the COVID19 Restructured Classroom

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Learn practical tips for teaching reading in our COVID 19 restructured classrooms.


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The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative – One Year Membership

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Whether you are just beginning at or a veteran seller, let the power of the group’s cross-promotion help you market your TpT products and take your TpT store to the next level…

There is only so much time in the day.  How much time do you spend creating TpT products versus marketing your TpT products?  The best part about The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative is that since all of our marketing strategies are in one place, the full strength of our social media sites will be utilized through cross-promotion.  The time you spend writing one blog post or one TpT lesson will continually be promoted for years to come in our TBOTEMC eBooks and Rafflecopter Giveaway Contests.  

Joining TBOTEMC is not only “getting the biggest bang for your buck”…but more importantly, “getting the biggest bang for the precious minutes you do spend on marketing”… 

Members advertise a free product and a priced product in our free Back to School, Winter Holiday, Valentine’s Day, and End of the Year eBooks.  Members also include links to their TpT store, personal blog, Pinterest boards, Facebook page, and other social media sites to gain more followers.  The eBooks are promoted on our blogs, Pinterest page, Facebook page, and Rafflecopter Giveaway Contests.  More importantly, all of the holiday and Teacher Talk eBooks are promoted again in each new eBook. Thus, the time you spent to create one product page for our eBook will help you gain more followers to your social media sites and bring more potential buyers to your TpT store for years to come.    

TBOTEMC always has our THREE $100 GIVEAWAYS of TpT Gift Certificates which are held during the TpT Sitewide Sales.  We also have other Rafflecopter Giveaway Contests like our $100 PayPal CA$H, Amazon gift cards, and other giveaways throughout the year.  TBOTEMC members who join this promotion may ask contest participants to follow their TpT store, personal blog, Pinterest board, Facebook page, or Instagram page; subscribe to their email list; or promote their free product or priced product at TpT.  Members are then given the link so that the Rafflecopter Contest is displayed on their personal blogs.  TBOTEMC provides the $100 prizes and participating members promote the giveaways.   

Take our THREE $100 GIVEAWAYS of TpT Gift Certificates and other prizes one step further and use it to build your personal email list.  Open a free Mail Chimp account.  Add a subscriber pop-up to your personal blog and entice potential buyers to subscribe to your email list so that they will be notified of the THREE $100 GIVEAWAYS of TpT Gift Certificates and other Rafflecopter Giveaway Contests.  You will then be able to tell potential buyers on your growing email list to go to your personal blog and try to win our latest Rafflecopter Contests during the TpT Sitewide Sales and throughout the year.

Our Weekly Social Media Team members collaborate at Pinterest on a weekly basis and our TpT Sitewide Sale and Holiday Social Media Team collaborates before the TpT Sitewide Sales and holidays.  TBOTEMC Tailwind Tribe members are able to use the magic of Pinterest on a daily basis.  I will repin your TpT product pins to my 85,000+ Pinterest followers in addition to all of the members of your marketing team working together to promote your lessons on their Pinterest boards.  

Members of TBOTEMC’s Teacher Talk write educational blog posts on their personal blogs, our TBOTE blogs, or our TBOTEMC WordPress blog.  The blog posts follow an 80% content/20% promotion guideline in which members write about a particular topic and at the end of the article, provides a link to a TpT product which may help potential buyers implement the ideas in their classroom.  Each month, members choose their best blog post and have it featured in our Teacher Talk blog post.  The title, link to the member’s personal blog, a graphic from the post, and a three sentence “teaser” description of the blog post are promoted on our five TBOTEMC blogs.  All of the blog links are also promoted on each members’ blogs, our Teacher Talk Pinterest board, and our TBOTEMC Facebook page.  At the end of the year, all of the Teacher Talk blog links, graphics, and teaser sentences are compiled in our “100+ Free Lessons & Teaching Ideas By Teacher Talk” eBook.  Our Teacher Talk eBooks are promoted again in all of our holiday eBooks, on Pinterest and Facebook, and in our Rafflecopter Giveaway Contests.  Thus, through the power of cross-promotion, your one blog post will be promoted again and again long after you have written the initial blog post.

Join our Wednesday Weekly 5 Under $5 marketing team and have your TpT products which are priced under $5 promoted on our five blogs, Pinterest boards, and Facebook page.

Watch your Facebook Page come alive by joining the Facebook Promotional Team.  

Don’t have time to maintain a blog?  Use our and/or WordPress blogs to get thousands of page views for your free products, priced products, sales, and promotions.  

TBOTEMC members are able to connect with other TBOTEMC members at our website at and through our private email system

I received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Los Angeles Unified School District. I became a National Board Certified Teacher with a scaled score of 386 points (teachers needed 275 points to become certified…)
I teach my students in a very strategic way…and I can teach you how to strategically market your TpT products…

The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative’s annual membership used to be sold at, but may no longer do so because it is more of a “marketing service and not an educational resource.”  Thus, you may now purchase the $50 annual membership above using your PayPal account or PayPal’s credit card service at  

The membership allows access to The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative’s website for one year (for example: August 20, 2019 – August 19, 2020).

TBOTEMC members may use the PayPal button above to renew the TBOTEMC annual membership before the renewal payment is due in order to make sure they keep their same position on the TBOTE Blog Seniority List or to take advantage of a sale.

Please read the Terms of Service at before you decide to join The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative. The Terms of Service describes the entire registration process and how to gain access to The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative’s website.

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There are now 12 TpT millionaires…
Perhaps the next millionaire may be you… 
Wishing you the best,Vicky
The success and growth of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative comes from our individual members working as one.   Have fun reading below how TBOTEMC has helped our members take their TpT sales to the next level. 

This is the one thing I did at the conference last year that made a difference in my store plus I met a lot of new friends. Even though I won’t be there this year, I suggest that those of you who are going take advantage of this.”
-VickyScipi on TPT

“Vicky goes out of her way to make it easy and profitable to be a member of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative (TBOTEMC).   If you decide to join, you won’t be disappointed.” 
-Charlene Tess

“I appreciate the support Vicky!  Joining TBOTEMC was one of the best decisions I have made as a TPT author!  As a busy husband, father, and teacher, I needed a way to market my store.  This nailed it!”
IHMG Creations

I am grateful to the members of TBOTEMC for taking me by the hand and patiently helping me advance my TpT business with the ‘power of the group.’  I’m a social media sub-novice, and Charles Mirus and Victoria Leon have mentored me with such kindness in my first months with the group.”
-Sally Phillips
Teaching’s a Joy!

I like how everyone works together to help promote each other’s products in TBOTEMC.  It’s a community of educators supporting each other!” 
-Sally Hansen – Purposeful Plans

“I enjoyed collaborating with other members of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative (TBOTEMC) while attending the TpT Conference in Nashville this year.  I have known Vicky Leon since the early days of TpT.  She’s put together an effective marketing service for TpT Teacher Authors.  Working with other TpT teachers in TBOTEMC has really helped the sales in my store.  If you want to know more, email me at”
-Charlene Tess

“I joined TBOTEMC this year and it is AWESOME!  I am still exploring all of the ways I will be able to collaborate with this team  So far I have been able to utilize their Pinterest collaboration and their Facebook groups.  It is a great experience.  I am getting amazing results!  If I were you I would join now!  You won’t regret it.  Questions:
-Mickey’s Place

“I love being a member of TBOTEMC!  My store has grown from the marketing opportunities that this group has to offer!  I love the Weekly 5 Under 5, Featured Teacher and opportunity to contribute to group blogs!  Thank you so much, Vicky, for offering help and support to share my resources, learn from other teachers, and grow my TPT store!
-Anne Rozell
Believe to Achieve by Anne Rozell

“I love being a member of TBOTEMC.  I get valuable support from other teacher-authors in the community and I have multiple opportunities to promote my store and products.  Thank you very much, Vicky!  You are amazing!”
Spatial Projects

“Being a member of TBOTEMC creates such a sense of community.  Every member is there for the purpose of working together to drive customers and increase sales.  Determination + Cooperation = Increased Sales!!!
A Teacher’s Teacher

This has been my first year as a member and it has been an amazing journey!  TpT sellers who would like to know more about TBOTEMC are welcome to send me an email at
-Asa Jomard
Sparking Children’s Thinkibility

“TBOTEMC is the best teacher and TPT support group available.  Email me at for more information.”
-Joy Billeaud
The Teacher down the Hall

“The sales and traffic to my store increased almost immediately after joining TBOTEMC.  Thank you so much to Victoria and the TBOTEMC community!”
-That Fun Reading Teacher

“I joined The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative about a year and a half ago on a whim.  I loved TpT from the start, but I needed some connections…something beyond the forums.  I got the membership on sale that day thinking I would try it out and just see how things go.  I never looked back.  Membership in this group has helped me break free of my comfort zones and take my store to the next level.  The group members are supportive, and Vicky is always available for individual help and guidance.  I feel like I have my own TpT personal trainer!  Although my original purpose for joining this group was to learn some serious marketing strategies, it has turned out to be so much more.  I now collaborate with teachers from all over the country!  Some of us even met in person in Vegas and Orlando.  Not only have I improved my TpT marketing, but I have also made friends for life!  If you have any questions, feel free to email me at  I can earn a referral credit if you join and mention my name (Monica) and store Fourth Grade Frenzy which is not required, but appreciated!” -Monica

“Since joining, I can say that this group has really made the HUGE TpT community feel smaller and more reachable.  There is so much shared marketing knowledge, so many dedicated marketing groups that you can join, and Vicky has been such a great help with any and all questions I have had.  I love being my own boss, but sometimes I can lose track of how to spend my time.  The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative has helped me focus the time I spend marketing, and keep my marketing goals on track.

“The best part of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative is the enthusiasm & innovative spirit of members, and the willingness to support each other.  I’ve connected with the most fabulous group of educators who are making me a better teacher and teacherpreneur! Vicky is amazing; she’s a bundle of energy and is always open to new ideas for growing our business.  I love that when a TBOTEMC member has a idea, she encourages them to run with it and to take the lead.  I can’t recommend this group enough! -Tried and True Teaching Tools

“TBOTEMC is a group of fabulous educators who help each other navigate the sometimes scary aspects of marketing our work!
-Kerry Tracy

“The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative where teachers CARE, SHARE, and PREPARE.” ~Connie 

The most important thing about TBOTEMC is the feeling that together we are more.  Not only is Vicky a marketing genius, but she also encourages others to implement cooperative strategies that move us forward as teacher authors.”

“I have joined TBOTEMC with just 7 products in my store.  In just 3 months, I have had at least one or more sales every day!  In the first month I made $28.  In the second month I made $187. April has ended and my earnings were $376!  Joining TBOTEMC was the best decision I have made.  Contact me at”
-Teaching Biilfizzcend

“Joining forces with TpT teachers from around the world through TBOTEMC has not only caused my earnings to more than double in a year’s time, but has given me the confidence to try new things, expand my marketing strategies, and build genuine relationships with fellow teacherprenuers.” -21st Century K

“What I Like Best About TBOTEMC:  I have learned so much since becoming a member of this group.  My products have gained more exposure, and this group helps me not to feel like such a “little fish” in the BIG TpT World!
-Teaching Where You’re Called

“The group dynamic is really great, and super supportive. I have learned so much from group members and it has been fun to share my knowledge with them. Since joining, my store sales, social media followers, and blog followers have increased by over 10% every month. I am so glad I joined!” -Mary

“The best part of joining TBOTEMC is to be able to collaborate with such a wonderful group of caring educators who are so willing to help each other.  I have been a member since the beginning of March and I’ve seen an increase in Pinterest, Facebook, and my TpT Store followers.  I have also learned a great deal about internet marketing.  Looking forward to the future and so happy that I joined this group.  The price is well worth it.” -Deann Marin

“When I started selling on TpT in May of 2013, until I joined TBOTEMC this August, my total sales were $3,157.45. That’s for 15 months. I joined TBOTEMC August 5th of this year, just 3 months ago. In those 3 months I’ve sold $9,014.46!!!” -Leah Popinski

“I started TpT in May of 2014 and decided to become a member of TBOTEMC on February 28, 2015. Prior to joining, I had never had a month in which I had at least one sale every day. However, in both March and April (today is only May 1st), I had at least one (and often multiple) sales every day! I am ecstatic – and this toward the end of the school year! I am so thankful for the advice, support, and community this group provides.”  – Ashley

“TBOTEMC offers  Collegiality Lessons Activities Student Success Seller Success
Because of TBOTEMC, I reached my $20,000.00 milestone on TpT much sooner than I expected. I first joined TBOTE to gain exposure for my TpT products and my blog – which, I’m thrilled to say, definitely happened. The Social Media Partners concept is a win-win for TpT sellers and is a marketing treasure. Victoria Leon goes out of her way to help her members to increase their selling potential.” ~Connie 

“I am at the beginning of an amazing journey! I recently joined TBOTEMC, and I am amazed at the opportunities in front of me. This cooperative group works together to achieve everyone’s success. I have only begun to use the extensive amount of resources available to me and can already note increases in followers and sales. Vicky is amazing and will support you in every way. You took a huge step when you became a seller at Teachers Pay Teachers. Join TBOTEMC and jump to the next level!” -Monica Fourth Grade Frenzy 

“The best part about TBOTEMC is Vicky herself. She is SO knowledgeable, enthusiastic and goes out of her way to help members. She truly embodies the value of collaboration.Through TBOTEMC, I’ve had more exposure to my blog & TpT store. It’s amazing to see what other TpT members are creating, teaching, and pinning! My Pinterest followers have grown due to TBOTEMC!” -Tried and True Teaching Tools

“I started selling at TpT in January of 2013 and, without much marketing, made steady progress and managed to reach the first milestone in October of 2014. After realizing the potential of this business, I decided that I MUST add marketing to my plan if I wanted to continue to rise in the marketplace to the next level. That is when I discovered Vicky’s product. With the guidance of this program, I have seen increases in all areas of my business and I have begun to enjoy the benefits of working with others for the common goal of increasing TpT awareness in the world marketplace. I highly recommend adding this to your own hard work and see where it can take you.” -Kathryn Garcia @ Made For Learning

“Since joining The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative, my sales have increased by 20%. I also think the collaborative boards are top notch in that only quality items are posted. As for other members of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative, they are outstanding educators from whom you can learn from no matter how long you have been teaching.” -Vicky Scipi on TPT

“I am just a beginner at TBOTEMC (as well as TPT), but am so excited already. MY NUMBER OF FOLLOWERS HAS ALREADY GROWN! I have found Vicky so very helpful, putting up with my many questions and helping me get started. Pinning from other members helps your exposure, and the interaction with other members teaches you so much. The enthusiasm of another member, Julie Jackson, along with Vicky, has made me want to spend every minute this summer improving my store and growing with this new adventure.”  Thanks,  Laurie Carpenter

“I am so grateful for encountering TBOTEMC – The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative! While others ignored my request to join their collaborative Pinterest boards or unfollowed me – Vicky Leon was so kind to take me under her wing and act as a mentor and befriend a stranger. I have been fortunate to be part of an organization that provides a cooperative of many teachers who support each other. I am so grateful for TBOTEMC!” -TheBeezyTeacher

Dear Vicky,
I just wanted to share how TBOTEMC  is changing my life – I have attached my latest data. I did not post this to boast, only to show you the positive impact TBOTEMC is having on my success.  In the last eight months, I have made more than I make in a year teaching in the classroom.   I love teaching, but I love creating resources just as much! 
Feel free to use the data with others to help encourage others to join.
I am not sure thank you will ever be enough for how you and TpT have changed my life.  With you and TBOTEMC, I am doing things I only previous dreamed of doing.
I always loved creating educational resources, but I never dreamed I could have financial success as a teacher.  
Thank you! Thank You! THANK YOU!
-Educating Everyone 4 Life

Feel free to email me at if you have any questions.