Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Daring to Dream - #TpTSellerChallenge

Week 2 of the #TpTSellerChallenge is here... 

and it's all about 'daring to dream'.

Since joining TpT back in 2011, I have always hoped that I could get to a point where I had the time to make fabulous resources and share them with the world wide teaching community. Since I graduated from my Undergraduate degree, my dreams and ambitions have changed - both professionally and personally. 
Since having my boys I have realised how much I want to be around to watch them grow up and be a parent they're proud of and want around. While hubby is chasing his professional dreams, mine have shifted and are now focused on being here for our boys. I also want to be here for my husband and support him in his journey. Before we were married, we had discussed how we wanted to raise our children, with an emphasis on at least one of us always being around and available for them. While he keeps getting these amazing career opportunities and is so passionate about progressing in his field I feel I should be supporting him and our family - my time will come! And in the meantime, here is what I hope my future holds, with the help of Teachers Pay Teachers.

So what are my dreams for my TpT business? 


1. Become a solid secondary income:  I would love to find the time to create wonderful, inventive and creative resources that teachers want to use (and in turn purchase) so that we have a steady income coming in from my sales. While we are very blessed to be able to live comfortably on one wage, it is nice to have a little extra in the bank so we can enjoy life as a family - a trip to Sydney for the day, or a weekend in the country or up/down the coast. It'd be great to even fund an overseas trip to Disneyland on my TpT earnings!!! 

2. Team Teach: I would love to get back into the classroom and work along side an amazing teacher - one with similar yet different ideas, who enjoys being challenged and learning new things. I want to share the role so that I can be around for my children but also keep up my profession and love of teaching. This would also give me time to create more resources for my TpT store.

3. Become a Top Level Netball Coach: The aim of this was daring to dream right? Well, if you haven't figured it out I am a real Netball Nut! But unfortunately due to injury I can no longer play - and as the saying suggests:

 Those who Can't, Teach

and with that I hope to not only impart what knowledge of the game I have onto younger, more fit and able players, but also develop my knowledge and skills of the game by attending courses and being mentored by some of the great coaches, locally and nationally. Being able to have an income from TpT would help make this a reality.

4. Travel: While I haven't as yet done much travel, it has always been something I've aspired to do. I would love to share these experiences with my husband and our boys, and it would be great if my TpT earnings could help us achieve this!

If you'd like to get involved and participate in the #TpTSellerChallenge then make sure to check out the directions for participation through Third in HollyWood, Sparkling in Second, Peppy Zesty Teacherista and Teach Create Motivate.

What are your dreams?

Thursday, 18 June 2015


I am so excited to have joined the #TpTSellerChallenge that have a group of 4 wonderful TpT sellers have organised - Emily from Third in Hollywood, Jen over at Sparkling in Second, Amber from Peppy Zesty Teacherista and Ashley at Teach Create Motivate. As well as improving my social media stats, growing my fan base and my TpT business I am interacting with and finding new and wonderful teachers to follow. It is truly amazing how many of us are openly sharing our resources.

This first week has seen me makeover one of my first (and most popular) TpT store products - The Australian Gold Rush Activity Pack. While initially I thought this would be a quick task, after many hours I am really happy with the end product which has seen me create a new cover, provide an answer key and a completion certificate. I also changed the font, made it larger and changed the layout of most pages to provide more white space and more writing room for students.

***You can find this great product in my TpT store, and it can be used as an activity pack, or pages can be used individually when exploring the historical topic of the Gold Rush era.***

If you are just starting out in the blogging world, or are at a point (like me) where you really want to grow your fan base and improve your social stats, then head over to one of the blogs mentioned above, join in the fun over the next four weeks and watch your numbers climb!

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

10 steps to accessing your DETmail to your iPhone

So you've been given your DET login and address email, but how can you get regular updates without having to log in to your account each time? Well after some digging around I have found a way to add your DET email address to your iOS mail app - this includes iPhones, iPads and Mac Mail. 


Follow these steps:

1. Go to 'Settings'
2. Scroll down and tap 'Mail, Contacts, Calendars'
3. Tap 'Add Account'
4. Tap 'Microsoft Exchange'
5. Enter the following details:
  • Email: Your DET email
  • Password: Your DET password
  • Description: 'DET email', 'Work Email' - whatever you like!
  • Tap 'Next'

6. The next screen will prompt you for a username and server. Enter the following details:
  • Username: Your DET I.D with @det at the end. e.g. jo.blogs@det
  • Server: mobile.det.nsw.edu.au
  • Tap 'Next'
7. If you have entered all the details correctly, all boxes will be given a TICK then the next screen will load.
8. You can now choose to turn on Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders etc. Tap 'Save'.
9. You can now access your DET email on your iPhone.
10. Access your mail from your 'Home' screen. You can still access your other email accounts as well, receiving them all together or in separate mail boxes.

I hope you've found this useful! :-)

Monday, 8 June 2015

And the winner is...

Congratulations to the winners of my first competition! Thank you to everyone who entered and follows My Mum, the Teacher! Keep an eye out later in the year for another competition! :-)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, 31 May 2015

New look blog & Giveaway!!!!

Hi everyone!

To celebrate my new look blog (thanks to Megan at A Bird in the Hand Designs) and reaching 200+ followers on Facebook, I am having a giveaway!!!!! 

Since beginning this blog as something to do while I was off having my boys, I have come to thoroughly enjoying sharing my knowledge of teaching and parenting, the resources I create for the home and classroom and reviewing products and items related to children and education! I feel very blessed and priveledged to be able to spend time raising my sons, watching them grow and develop and share these experiences with you.

Make sure you follow my TpT store to get the latest updates on my products.

You can also follow me on Instagram @mymumtheteacher 

Twitter @gray_christie 

and at my Pinterest page MyMumtheTeacher

Now for the fun stuff!!! Make sure you enter each competition to win - these are some great prizes!!! Firstly you could win yourself a $25 Gift Certificate for Teachers Pay Teachers! That's $25 to spend on whatever you like and need!!!

Secondly, I am giving away my top 5 TpT products, which include "The Australian Gold Rush" activity booklet, "Let's Learn about Australia" activity booklet, "Alphabet Activity Mats", "The Human Body Literacy Pack" and the very popular "Christmas Blooms Taxonomy/Multiple Intelligence Activity Matrix". All up you're getting a pack worth over $25!!! So what are you waiting for, enter now!

Good luck everyone! Winners will be announced Monday the 8th June!

Friday, 29 May 2015

Mister Maker visits Australia!!

Do you have an aspiring artists in your house? Are you constantly finding glitter, pom poms, and paddle-pop sticks around the house? Then you'll want to take your little Van Gough to see Mister Maker on his Australian tour!! 

This will also be hugely beneficial for art teachers, early childhood and primary teachers alike, as you'll be sure to get plenty of ideas to create fun learning experiences in your classrooms!

This live show filled with music, dancing and fantastic craft and arty goodness is sure to delight and provide inspiration for your Mini Maker!

Dates for the Mister Maker Australian tour are as follows:

Show Dates:

• Arts Centre - Hamer Hall - Sunday June 28 – 1.30pm, 4pm & 6.30pm*
• Arts Centre - Hamer Hall – Monday June 29 – 10am, 12.30pm & 3pm

• Thebarton Theatre – Wednesday 1 July – 1.30pm & 4pm

• Canberra Theatre – Saturday 4 July – 10am & 12.30pm

• Civic Theatre  - Sunday 5 July – 1.30pm & 4pm

• Chatswood Concourse Concert Hall -  Saturday 11th July - 1.30pm & 4pm
• Chatswood Concourse Concert Hall - Sunday 12th July - 10am, 12.30pm & 3pm

• Perth Concert Hall – Tuesday July 14 - 1.30pm* & 4pm
• Perth Concert Hall – Wednesday July 15 - 10am & 12.30pm

• QPAC Concert Hall – Tuesday July 7 – 1.30pm, 4pm & 6.30pm*
• QPAC Concert Hall – Wednesday July 8 – 10am, 12.30pm & 3pm

If you go, be sure to let me know what you thought of the show!!!!

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Reviewing LiteracyPlanet for Teachers and Parents

"LiteracyPlanet is an online world of visually rich interactive activities. Imagination and real world skills combine to make the learning an adventure for students of any age.

LiteracyPlanet appeals to the competitive spirit and drives motivation while fostering a desire to succeed. Students can compete with students all over the world in our online global community".

LiteracyPlanet is an online literacy resourcce for children aged 4 to 15years. It is a learning platform with more than 15,000 interactive exercise that cover pre-reading, phonics, sight words, reading, spelling, comprehension, grammar and punctuation. LiteracyPlanet was founded in Australia in 2007 and is developed by educators and aligned to the Australian Curriculum.It is suitable for all abilities and adaptable for differentiated learning. Literacy Planet is a fun and motivating online learning platform for learners that is loved by educators and have proved to improve literacy learning outcomes.

Recently, high profile television jounalist, presenter and mother to two young children, Georgie Gardner, has signed  on to be the Ambassador for Australia's premier online literacy program for children, LiteracyPlanet.

Georgie said she was proud to be taing on the role, and is genuinely excited at the prospect of working with an Australian organisation, dedicated to the inprovement of literacy skills in children.

"I'm passionate about child literacy development, particularly in situations where it is difficult for children to access the support and resources they need. LiteracyPlanet is an effective tool for the development of key literacy skills, and is easily accessible and affordable both for schools and at home" said Georgie.

Georgie also appreciates that LiteracyPlanet provides positive screen time that is both educational and entertaining. "Parents want to do the best for their children in the precious time they have available. My children love LiteracyPlanet: they find the games engaging and fun. It enables me to be invoved in their learning at home, in a way that consolidates what they're learning at home".

But aside from a glowing recommendation from a celebrity (and mother), why should you as a parent or teacher sign-up to LiteracyPlanet? Read on below for more information.

Why should parents access and utilise LiteracyPlanet?

This is a great online tool that can provide a fun and engaging experience, online, for all children. Designed by educators and aligned the the Australian Curriculum, LiteracyPlanet provides a  structured learning journey that takes your child through sequenced, comprehensive, quality literacy content. The program has been graded into levels with content packaged to appropriately cover pre-reading skills, the alphabet, phonics, sight words, reading fluency, comprehension, spelling and grammar.

Whether your child is gifted, has learning difficulties, requires motivation or is achieving at Year-level standards, they can work through the content that suits their phase of development. Your child will enter the program at their Year level and they will work through a sequence of exercises to develop their skills in reading and writing.

Research has shown that providing feedback to learners is a powerful practice in education, and with that in mind LiteracyPlanet will ensure your child receives immediate feedback about their learning at the completion of every exercise. Within each exercise, the learner will be informed if their response is correct or incorrect and they will be shown correct answers. They will receive a score, virtual credits and a ‘trophy’ that equates to gold, silver or bronze level mastery. 

Parents can access reports in the separate parent dashboard - a visual display detailing the learning area and the level of mastery helps you to keep track of your child’s learning progress, which can be shared with teachers and tutors. By reviewing the reports, you will be alerted immediately if your child is struggling in any area.

Concepts covered include:
Grammar & Punctuation
Sight Words