If you arrived at my Facebook page through a suggested like, I wholeheartedly welcome you, and I hope that what I offer on the page meets your needs. However, I also realize that a page named "Teaching Resources," might be unintentionally misleading because the term is so generic. That's why I decided to write this post - to tell you a little about my page so you can decide if you really do "like" it.
What the Teaching Resources Facebook Page Is
Let me start by introducing myself. I'm Laura Candler, a retired upper elementary teacher who is also an author and an educational consultant. About 15 years ago I created a website called Teaching Resources with an online file cabinet where I uploaded dozens of free materials I had created for my own students. About 6 years ago I began creating resources to sell online to help put my daughters through college, but I kept all my freebies on the Teaching Resources site. I retired a few years ago, but I still love creating resources for elementary teachers. When Facebook became big, I thought it would be fun to create a Facebook page to interact with teachers who were using my resources and to share new resources with them. I named the page after my website never dreaming that one day it would attract followers from all over who knew nothing about my Teaching Resources site. I started sharing links to resources from other bloggers and educational organizations along with motivational quotes, cartoons, and teacher questions. Facebook has allowed me to connect with other educators in a way that I couldn't through my website.
What the Teaching Resources Page Is Not
Why am I sharing this?
I responded that since this was a page I had set up to go along with my Teaching Resources website, I did have the right to make that decision. In the same way that he is able to choose which teaching materials are decent resources for his students, I have the right to choose the resources I want to feature on my page. I spend hours each week reviewing questions, cartoons, quotes, and teacher resources to share on my Facebook to ensure that they are high quality and meet the needs of my followers. I will not allow it to become filled with links to resources that I haven't reviewed and don't care to promote.
Update on December 23rd: At one time my wall was a place for teachers to post questions they wanted me to share with the group or to interact with me regarding my resources. Unfortunately I recently had to close the wall to the public. It became a place for companies, authors, and teacher sellers to advertise their websites and materials, and I was spending a big chunk of time each day monitoring it to remove that type of content.
What If You Want to Share a Link or Ask a Question?
What if you have a useful free resource you want me to share or you have a question you would like me to ask my followers on Facebook? You can visit the Contact page on Teaching Resources and find my email information there along with specific details about how to submit your request.
Thanks to everyone who has supported me and who understands what I'm trying to accomplish on the Teaching Resources Facebook page. I truly believe that by screening what goes on the page, I can continue to offer high quality resources that meet the needs of a wide variety of educators. Even though my own resources are mostly for upper elementary teachers, I'm happy to share resources for other grades, too. I know that many materials can be adapted for different grade levels and other curriculum areas.
Now you know what my Facebook page is, and what it's not!