March Currently & Pencil Sharpener Winner!

Happy March 1st everyone! :) 

It's time for Currently with Farley @ Oh Boy 4th Grade! She has a new blog design that is just too cute! 
Beware, there is a bit of venting when it comes to "loving".


Listening: I'm a sucker for Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2, so I must watch the "Being" specials. Tyler and Catelynn are my favorite and I actually cried at the end of the episode. I just want them to get married already! Ugh.

Loving: I took advantage of the 3 million teachers strong TpT sale and got lots of awesome things! Including all KB fonts by Khrys Bosland. 111 fonts for less that $14! WOO! I also purchased an item from a store that I will NOT be purchasing from again. I will not let you what the product was or the seller, but I did spend $12 on it. I rated the product a 4.0 because of it's content and overall practicality. However, it was from a Canadian teacher and she used colour and favourite in the product. The British spelling will confuse my students, and I mentioned in the comment that I wish both spellings were available. The seller replied with the fact that she simply explains to her students that some places spell things differently. She then added that because the US is the only one who used the -or spelling, her products aim towards the greater population. She then asked how I deal with regional spellings and that she only sees US spellings in my store. 

WHAT?!!?! First of all, horrible customer service. I did NOT give her a poor rating based on something that I would have liked to see. How hard is it to make a duplicate page and change the words to American spelling? Also, I'm the one who purchased an item from HER store. I do only have American spelling in my store, seeings how I use all of my products in my own classroom, but in order for her to know that, she would have to go through all of my products individually and PURCHASE them to do so. Also, if a buyer came to me with the suggestion/request of having an alternative spelling I would GLADLY take a few minutes to add that, because after all, the customer is always right!

Then, to make matters more frustrating, I had a buyer rate my first ever product uploaded to Teachers Pay Teachers a 3.0. It is a free item, and it was for an assignment for a Science Methods class in college. It is a science in a box experiment. It is not cutesy, it does not have clipart, it does not have cutesy font. It is plain and straight forward. Within 7 minutes of the above seller replying to my feedback, I received feedback on the science in the box experiment that stated "Unprofessional design". I'm not accusing anyone of anything, but the timing seems a bit FISHY to me.

Isn't the point of TpT to share things that are working for us to other teachers to use? It was a bit frustrating, and I will not be back to that store because of the poor customer service.

Thinking: I'm in the process of creating some math games for my class. I changed how I do math a while ago and now I have to create lots of math games. I teach 2-3 lessons at the beginning of the week and on Thursday and Friday I have my students in groups, 2 groups are playing games, at least 1 using our classroom iPad, and the other 2 groups are with teachers doing either enriching or reteaching work to help meet individual needs. We just finished a chapter Friday, so we're ready to move on to a new chapter, so I need to make some new games!

Wanting: I'm so over winter! We're getting 3-6 more inches of snow this weekend. I'm ready for spring.

Needing: Cheerleading is over, but our winter sports banquet is tomorrow and I have to start on their gifts...oopsies!

???: Guess your questions in the comments! Maybe I'll have a special treat for anyone who guesses the question to "Pajama party!"


And I picked the winner of a pencil sharpener from classroom friendly supplies!
Congratulations Jonelle! I emailed you! :)

I will be back later this week for some exciting news! :) STAY TUNED!

10 comments

  1. Saw you on Currently! I am obsessed with Teen Mom 2 also! A little embarrassing for an almost 31 year old ;) I'm ready for Spring too, but loved the rain we got today because we haven't had rain in months. Happy March!
    Stephanie
    Tales of Teaching in Heels

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  2. I am so over winter too! I do not want this snow storm to come! I am secretly obsessed with Teen Mom! I try not to admit it to anyone! Haha!

    Amy
    Eclectic Educating

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  3. Hi Lindsey! Cute blog! I found you at Farley's linky. Sorry to hear about your experience with the TpT seller. I am Canadian, and create products for use in my own classroom and for sale in my store. It sometimes drives me nuts trying to remember to use US spellings when I create, but I always provide that option in my products. One thing to note, however, is that if Canadian teachers are expected to provide US spellings, shouldn't US teachers maybe do the same for Canadian/British/Australian teachers? Just sayin'!

    Have a great week!
    ~Erin
    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

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    1. Erin, I hear what you're saying on providing the different spellings, but like I said, if I had someone come to me that asked for that, I would provide it. Not just attack the person, which I felt was done. I know it is an easy fix, not something that is time consuming, so I would have thought she would have said thank you for your suggestion and I'll work on adding that, check for an update! I have worked with several Australian teachers on custom labels and they always give me metric measurements, and I convert them to standard. I don't gripe about it, I give the customer what they want!

      Thanks for your opinion.

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  4. I also am loving my TPT purchases, I love when they have big sales. I am sorry that not all of you did not have the best experience, some people can be so annoying! Anyhow, I found your blog on the Currently March Linky Party and I love your blog, so cute! I am your newest follower!

    Miss Crafty Teacher

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  5. I just watched "Being Catelynn" and loved it, although I couldn't bring myself to watch Amber's or Farrah's. As for your products, I love what you create! Thanks for all you do!

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  6. Unfortunately some people are just rude:( I did download your science box experiment, and I think it looks awesome especially since it is free. I thought it was really nice that you actually had photos which will certainly help students to know what they are supposed to do. I left feedback, and hopefully other people will download it, and also leave good feedback. -Amy Decker

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  7. I also purchased a font package from the TPT sale that I absolutely love. It was on my wishlist for a while, and I'm so glad I finally purchased it. It is unfortunate that you had a bad experience with a TPT seller when it is designed to be a positive place for teachers to share resources. At least we all know that particular seller is the exception to the overwhelmingly positive rule.

    Mary
    Fit to be Fourth

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    Jamie
    teachingtidbit.blogspot.com

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