Tuesday, April 5, 2016

FEATURED SELLER: Caffeine & Curriculum with Bridget Riggs

Tell us about yourself.
Hello everyone.  My name is Bridget Riggs.  I teach 10th grade English in West Virginia where I have lived for a little over 16 years.  I have been married for 19 years to my husband, Chris, and we have 2 kids – Molly (age 11) and Brady (age 5).

I am a super organized, coffee-aholic who loves trying new ways of approaching topics in class.  I like incorporating current media trends into my lessons to keep them current and interesting for my students.  I started my TpT store about  2 years ago and recently, began blogging {My page is called Caffeine & Curriculum}.  This summer, I am planning on adding a YouTube channel to my repertoire as well.

What do you like best about teaching?
The best part of teaching is when everything you planned actually works the way you planned it.  LOL

Describe your favorite TpT product.
I have purchased many items from top 100 sellers that have worked well in my classroom.  I think one of my most favorite purchases was a Model UN Simulation from Nick Erskine.

I teach English – not social studies- and I do NOT even have a Model UN in my school.  I actually saw a movie in which some students were involved in the Model UN and went researching. 

I like to include interactive, cross-curricular lessons in my classroom.  Nick’s product is for a simulation event that involved writing.  It inspired me to design Model UN based projects into my English class.   

I created a real world series of projects for my sophomores that required them to choose a country from the UN members to represent throughout the year.  They then are responsible for being that country’s representative in debates, projects, and writing assignments.

What advice would you give to someone who may want to become a seller at Teachers Pay Teachers?
1)   Join collaborative groups on FB and Pinterest.  There is a ton of information out there about growing your store and it can be overwhelming.  These sites help you sort out the information and stay on focus.
2)   Quality over quantity.  It is easy to assume that the quicker you get items listed, the more money you will make.  You have to consider the reviews that you will get.  Research your competition and see what they offer.  Look at covers and previews.  Check prices of others to stay competitive and fair.

What have you done or hope to do with your TpT earnings?
I have generally taken my profits and either purchased things for my TpT products or classroom.  This next year though, I am also saving up for additional conferences that I would like to attend.

What do you like best about being a member of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative?
Each day I get emails of products from my peers.  It allows me to see what others are doing and help them get their products out there.  They do the same for me.  It also reminds me of my goals and inspires me daily. 
Please visit me any time on social media:

My blog {Caffeine & Curriculum}:  www.bridgetriggs.com

My Pinterest boards:  https://www.pinterest.com/riggsb/

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