Sunday, September 21, 2014

Featured Seller: The Routty Math Teacher- Shametria Routt


Tell us about yourself.
I've been a Texas educator for over 12 years. After 11 years in the classroom, I just accepted a position as a Mentor Teacher as part of a grant program in my school district. This position will give me more opportunities to learn, create, and share with my fellow teachers-- my passion! I am looking forward to the journey and its new challenges. 

Here's a little bit more about me: 

Experience: I have 11 years of experience teaching both upper elementary school and middle school mathematics. I also have one year of experience in campus leadership as an Assistant Principal. In addition, I have been a curriculum writer for a local community college. 

Teaching Style: I really like an active classroom. If you were to walk in, you would see my students engaged in hands-on activities, completing station activities, or working cooperatively. It truly is a "routty" (rowdy) classroom. 

Education History: I received a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education degree with a Mathematics Specialization from Baylor University in 2002. I received a Masters degree from The University of Texas at Austin in Curriculum and Instruction in 2005. Currently, I am working toward my Doctoral degree in Mathematics Education at Baylor University.

What do you like best about teaching?
The best part about being a teacher is watching the light bulb go on when I see a student finally make a connection and “get it.”

In addition, I am truly a problem solver. I completely view my role as a teacher through this lenses and I enjoy teaching my class with this perspective in mind-- from working with students to creating lessons. My classroom is very problem solving and inquiry based. My students are thinking all the time!

Describe your favorite TpT product.
Because I am a problem solver, my favorite TpT product is a problem solving guide that I created called "J.U.S.T.I.F.Y. Your Thinking- A Math Problem Solving Model". It really emphasizes the process that students need to use when they solve problems. I have had great success with it in the classroom at both the elementary and middle school level.

What advice would you give to someone who may want to become a seller at Teachers Pay Teachers?
I recently read in a seller’s book that she was a “Maker of Things”-- that’s what made her successful. I definitely think to be a seller, you have to have a creative viewpoint that you want to share. You truly have to be a “maker of things” in order to enjoy creating and selling for TpT. People can “see” that passion. The success will follow!

What have you done or hope to do with your TpT earnings?
At this point, my TpT earnings have been used to build my clipart library and create marketing materials for my consulting business. I’m a fairly new seller, less than two months, but see a real opportunity to share my creativity with a world of educators.

What do you like best about being a member of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative?
For someone who is new to selling, I have been a buyer for some years, TBTEMC has given me exposure that I may not have otherwise gotten without this networking opportunity.

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