Skip to main content

Becoming a Teacher-Author Entrepreneur Step 12 - Staying Current on Lesson Delivery Systems

Google Classroom - check. NewsELA - check. Flocabulary - check. ReadWorks - check. ProjectELL - check. Google Docs/Slides/Forms - check. Escape rooms - kinda check? Digital Escape Rooms - let me get the non-digital down first! BoomLearning and BOOM! Cards - what the heck is THAT?

And this isn't even because of remote/distance learning...

The Need to Keep Pace with Changing Delivery Systems

You may have read my musing in the post Observations of an Old Fogie about how the more things change in education, the more they really don't. We need to teach the same skills that have always been taught, along with skills never even imagined for school students 50 years ago. And while the skills are the same, and the methods of teaching are similar but refined by our advanced knowledge of learning modalities, the delivery systems of education are a far cry from what they were. Sure, we still have text books. Sure, they are available in traditional hard cover and newer "consumable" paperback, but also ENTIRELY digital. And the student is an auditory learner, possibly with dyslexia? No problem, there is literally an app for that.

Don't get me wrong, I love the ability to have all of the options we have available now, especially for differentiation, and for those with different challenges. But, it gets overwhelming. And, let's admit it, some of them are just fads. I remember when small groups first started being used in secondary schools. Then they went away. Then they came back. Then they went away. Then someone claimed it was a "new method to differentiate" and it came back - as the greatest thing in education since the last time it was used. In my classroom, it will always be in fashion, and not a fad that I have to wait to see return like my bell-bottoms and corduroys...

However, the fact remains that we have to keep pace with the different changes in delivery systems that we use to reach our student-scholars. If we don't, we risk failing them. But it isn't just the systems like Google Classroom or NewsELA or Flocabulary, but also the real physical and/or virtual design forms that our lessons take on.

What's It Mean for the Teacher-Author Entrepreneur?

We have to keep up with what works at grabbing - and keeping - the attention of our students. And as teacher-author entrepreneurs, not just our students, but the students in the classrooms located in the other hemispheres of our world. And that means we need to understand, and take advantage of, all of the various fads that come about and have some viability. Why? Because when Flocabulary started, everyone thought that the fad of putting lessons to rap music and lyrics would never last. Man, I wish I owned stock when NearPod purchased Flocab last year! Of course, they also said plastics would never work...

BOOM! Card Deck Available on
AmpedUpLearning.com
A case in point. For the last month or so, Gregg Williams from Amped Up Learning (AUL) has been pushing me to start creating BOOM! Card Decks. My response was, "Boom cards? What the heck are those?" Then Sarah Renish, teacher-author extraordinaire (and owner of Ratelis Science on AUL, TpT, and BoomLearning) offered to guest blog about...BOOM! Cards. Sarah is also a contributing member of Amped Up Learning, and I am a little in awe of her material. So, I decided I might as well check out this new fad. Imagine how I felt when the video Sarah shared with me to help me get started was done by a lady who has been SELLING BOOM! Cards for more than 3 YEARS! And I had never heard of them. In fact, it is only recently that they seem to be appearing on non-BoomLearning sites. As far as I know so far, only two sites are "offically" offering BOOM! Decks; Amped Up and TpT.

And also on TeachersPayTeachers
So, on Sunday I created my first two Decks of BOOM! Cards to cover figurative language, and I tweaked them and uploaded them on Monday, May 11th. By the time I sat down to write this post, Suzanne and I had made more money on BOOM! Card Deck sales in the first 24 hours than we had on our entire inventory over all storefronts so far in the month of May! I have mentioned, have I not, that there are times when I need to be pushed? Well, consider me pushed when it comes to BOOM! Cards, and thank you Gregg and Sarah for the gentle nudges over this particular cliff.

It also turns out that because we are creating BOOM! Decks on BOOMLearning, Suzanne and I now have a 4th storefront for ELA in Middle School, although this one is strictly for Boom!Cards. But, we have already reached new customers who were not buying through another platform, and in our bio we can "push out" to our other stores. And I love how interactive these cards are, and how well they can be used for remote/distance learning!

Final Thoughts

Just a couple final things to wrap up this post. First, check out the competition, both in the classroom next door (I know, not really competing there, but...) and on the sales platform/site you are using. If other people are selling a product, or a new product style keeps popping up in your new offers feed, you may want to look into it! Also, if other entrepreneurial partners are suggesting it...act! Our sales weren't bad since Covid, but had I started on the BOOM! Cards when Gregg first mentioned them, they would have been a lot better!

Click a link below to go directly to one of the other posts in this series!
Becoming a Teacher-Author Entrepreneur Steps 1 and 2

Becoming a Teacher-Author Entrepreneur Step 3 - Creating a Secure Product

Becoming a Teacher-Author Entrepreneur Step 4 - Creating with Encryption

Becoming a Teacher-Author Entrepreneur Step 5 - Editable vs. Non-Editable

Becoming a Teacher-Author Entrepreneur Step 6 - Creating Covers and Thumbs

Becoming a Teacher-Author Entrepreneur Part 7 - Pricing and Tax Categories

Guest Blog - SEO for Teacher Sellers

Becoming a Teacher-Author Entrepreneur Step 8 - Using Graphic Elements in Products

Becoming a Teacher-Author Entrepreneur Step 9 -  Bundling - It's Not Just for Insurance

Becoming a Teacher-Author Entrepreneur Step 10 - Product Descriptions that SELL

Becoming a Teacher-Author Entrepreneur Step 11 - Customer Databases and Email Contacts

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Teaching with Themes in the Middle School ELA Classroom

As you know, I teach Middle School ELA. Here's a couple things about my teaching styles that you won't know about me unless you work with me. 
First; I hate being told what I have to teach. Absolutely HATE it! Give me the standards you want my kids to master, and give me the dates you need checkpoints in by (ok, local and district assessments), but don't tell me what materials I have to use, or worse, what materials I CANNOT use! Now, don't misunderstand. I will be happy to plan with my team, and use the same materials as they, but don't limit us or expect us to present it the same way. We are professional, individual, teachers - so let us teach!
The other thing I hate, although not nearly as much, is the mandatory use of a textbook. I feel that it limits choice, usually, and the selections are usually ones that the students don't like. Except Edgar Allen Poe, Langston Hughes, and a VERY few others.
Fortunately, I am blessed, and I know it. My administration team …

Becoming a Teacher-Author Entrepreneur Parts 1 and 2

Why become a Teacher-Author Entrepreneur?
Have you ever worked with one of those teachers who can quickly create the most awesome lesson plans in a 40 minute period, and you just know that your kids are going to love doing this amazing thing, and you are exhausted trying to keep up with the creation process just from watching? And these same amazing people wonder why everyone else spends HOURS of personal time creating lessons at home. Yeah. They are irritating, and fantastic, and always giving. And I am NOT one of them. It takes me HOURS to put together a great lesson or even the lesson plan. I used to think of those as invested - but lost- hours, because I only had to plan it once, and then I would have a hard copy for perpetuity. But I would never get the time back, and we don't get paid extra for working in the evenings, weekends, or during our summer (is he REALLY going to say it?) vacations, hence the "lost" factor. If you also are not genetically modified to create…

How Giveaways Build a Business - A Guest Posting by Cortney Gaynes

A Note from Matthew:This post was penned by teacher-author entrepreneur Cortney Gaynes. Cortney's is an amazing story of entrepreneurial growth and success! She first came to my attention by way of our mutual friend and business partner, Gregg Williams, co-founder and CEO of Amped Up Learning. Gregg kept talking to us about the phenomenal success Cortney was having with her store on AUL, TeacherSorce. (Not a typo this time! Its a PUN!)  I had to learn more, so I reached out to her. I asked her if she has a blog, and she said no, she has Palmer, her nine month old daughter, instead! I expected her success to be all social media based, which I am not the best at. According to Cortney, she places the credit on adaptability, building a lemonade stand when the world was handed a bunch of lemons in the form of Covid-19, and - at the heart of it - giveaways. Let me allow her to explain. Cortney's Biography
My name is Cortney Gaynes, and I am a third grade teacher from the suburbs of Ch…