For nearly 10 years, Bri has focused on creating content to address the questions and concerns educators have about teaching classes, preparing students for certifications, and making the most of the AES curriculum system.
4. What Are the Drawbacks of Teachers Pay Teachers?
Though TpT is meant to make teachers’ lives easier, there are a few drawbacks to know:
No quality control
No update requirements
Grade levels aren’t standardized
No Quality Control
With an open education resource like TpT, there’s no guarantee that the materials you purchase will deliver on what it promises.
TpT has guidelines for sellers, but they’re mostly focused on the types of resources that should and shouldn’t be posted in the marketplace.
There are no guidelines pertaining to the quality of what a seller offers in relation to topic coverage, engagement, or accuracy of information.
As a result, you could find a resource that sounds amazing at first glance but ends up disappointing you and your students!
You can do your best to avoid this by sorting search results by popularity. This reflects how many teachers have purchased a certain resource, which acts as a vote of confidence.
Still, popular resources can still fall short of your expectations and standards. That means it’s on you to research each resource you consider purchasing!
No Update Requirements
TpT was founded in 2006 and now hosts more than 3 million resources.
With the marketplace more than a decade old, some resources on the site are severely outdated!
Even in a more recent educational area like career readiness, you’ll need to keep an eye out for when the resources were posted.
For example, “Career Readiness Bundle: Are Your Students Prepared for Life After HS?” hasn’t been updated since 2013!
Some authors choose to make updates based on feedback from their customers, but those are few and far between.
The most reliable way to evaluate a resource’s timeliness is to look at the date it was posted.
If it feels like the resource is too old to be worthwhile, then it probably is!
Grade Levels Aren’t Standardized
When an author adds a new product to the TpT marketplace, they choose the appropriate grade levels for the resource.
While some authors focus on a specific grade, others pick a grade range to show up in more search results.
As a result, some of the most popular “middle school” career readiness resources are marked as “appropriate” for 7th grade through higher education!
That means your best bet is to look for resources that are specific to a single grade level. That way, you minimize the possibility that you’ll get learning materials that are too advanced for your middle school students!
5. When Does Teachers Pay Teachers Work Best for Middle School Career Readiness?