Why should SLPs use TpT?

One of the best innovations to happen in the SLP world in the last 5 years was the creation of a website called TeachersPayTeachers.com (or TpT).  I'm linking up with Speech Time Fun today to tell you why!

I first heard of TpT in the summer of 2012.  I have created my own therapy materials since graduate school, but never really considered selling them.  A grad school friend mentioned that I should consider posting some of my items for sale (thanks, Danielle!), which gave me the push I needed to create an account and start posting.  Being a seller on TpT has been an amazing journey!  

But even as a seller with close to 100 items in my store, I am still a buyer, too!  Why is that, you may ask?  

1)  TIME SAVER:  I can't possibly make enough materials for my diverse caseload to keep up with the entire school year.  Creating materials takes me anywhere from 2-70 hours, depending on how complicated they are, and I just don't have the time to do that for every single student on my caseload every week.

2)  SAVING MONEY:  While there are definitely items I love from the big speech therapy companies, I can get SO much more for my money on TpT.  For the cost of two or three books from one of the big companies, I can purchase enough materials to last me an entire semester from TpT.

3)  EMERGENCIES:  Do you ever have a "therapy emergency" happen in your day?  For me, this might mean I've forgotten the materials I needed at home, or I get a brand new student with goals that I have no materials for, or what I have planned just isn't working.  With TpT, I can go online, find something that fits my needs, and have it printed out in five minutes or less.

So, where should you start on TpT?

I might be a little biased, but I think you should start in my store!  :)  I have a wide variety of products, but some of my most popular include:

Series of Progress Monitoring Tools (available for articulation, grammar, and language)

"I Can" posters (aligned with CCSS for K-6 and 5-12)

There are many great products by other SLP sellers on TpT as well.  Here are some you should definitely check out:

What have been some of your favorite purchases on TpT?

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