One digital community that I find to be particularly useful to me is called Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT). TPT was founded by Paul Edelman, a teacher in the New York City public school system. The site allows educators from all over the globe to connect by buying, selling and sharing each other’s resources. Whether these resources are math lessons plans, templates for arts and crafts, science lab sheets or simply labels for around the classroom, TPT is the gateway from teacher to teacher. Any public school teacher, private school teacher or home school teacher can be a part of this; and parents can gain resources too!
When you buy or download something from TPT, you can view the reviews that this product got, the seller/creator of the project and the review that he or she got on his or her profile in general. Most resources are free, but there are some that charge a small fee. Downloading is really simple, and broken down into categories by grade and by subject matter. There’s also a really awesome section for “Tools that meet the Common Core Standards!”
It’s super easy to upload your own lessons and resources onto TPT; however, that can also be a downfall of the site. Nothing is approved or disapproved by the site as of now, so teachers should be careful of what tools they’re bringing into their classrooms! Other than that, buying and selling is very easy. I encourage you to check it out!