I am finally able to participate in the TPT Seller Challenge from Week 1: Makeover Madness! This challenge started a couple weeks ago and is hosted by Third in Hollywood, Teach Create Motivate, Sparkling in Second, and Peppy Zesty Teacherista...Yes, it really did take me that long to fix my product. Wow. But I am so, SO happy with the results. This was on my To-Do list anyways, but I think I would have put it off longer if I didn't have this challenge to motivate me. Thanks for the accountability, ladies!
I first released my Editable Rainbow Chevron Teacher Binder last summer. I loved it at the time, but as the year carried on, I found myself really wanting to revise it. For one, it used entirely too much ink to print all of the resources. It was also too "busy" looking. I really wanted a cleaner, more modern look. In addition, the forms were made so inefficiently! For real, I did not know how to make a plain table in Power Point, so I was attempting to build what looked like a table with... wait for it... individual lines. Lines!!! (Proof that Google is not always correct, my friends.)
Because of this, I decided to start completely from scratch in order to achieve a cleaner, more professional look to the binder. I also included full-color pages and ink-saving color pages. I also learned how to use the ink-dropper tool to perfectly match the colors of my fonts to the graphics in my product. No more guesstimating on the color wheel ever again!
Another thing I changed is that I added a vertically oriented calendar. I only had a horizontal calendar before. I also made a 2-page spread for Yearly Planning templates. Sometimes those little boxes just aren't big enough to fit everything we need!
I also added a new, detailed lesson plans template for specific lessons. It includes space for the lesson objectives, standards, materials, key vocabulary, procedures and activities, HOTS questions, formative assessment, differentiation, summative assessment, and reflection. I have always written my reflections on post-its or scribbled them in the margins, so I am excited to have a place specifically for them now.
I also revised all my forms that I use to create my Substitute Information binder. I am going to write a more detailed post about how I organize this later, but I just love the new look!
I had many of these forms last year as well, but one in particular needed revised... the Student Transportation form! Before, I just included 4 generic categories. This didn't take into account that some students have different transportation on different days of the week. I added a form where you can be really detailed about what forms of transportation students have each day. You can even write the person's name that will pick them up if it varies by day!
Did I mention that this particular binder includes full-color, ink-saving color, and blackline templates? I love having the option to print in color, but sometimes backline is just more practical. Sometimes when I print things that are meant to be color in greyscale, they just don't look right. Well, these were designed to be printed in black and white, so they look crisp and professional!
If you have already purchased this product, you are definitely going to want to head to Teachers Pay Teachers to re-download the updated version. If you are interested in getting a head start on your organization for next year, it will be ON SALE through July 4th for 50% OFF!