Prolific Tes author Charlee Iddon, aka The Ginger Teacher, shares how connecting with other teachers has inspired her author experience.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I’ve been teaching for six years and I currently work in key stage 2. I love teaching because it allows me to have fun while helping to shape the future. Some of my children have real problems, but they come into my classroom to have fun, to learn and to feel safe. Being able to provide that gives me a great sense of achievement.
Tell us a little about your experience as an author on Tes.
I’ve been selling resources for nearly three years now. I started by sharing resources for free and I often had teachers ask me for particular resources that they were interested in. When I started selling my resources I was surprised at how grateful teachers were, and the feedback I’ve received is really positive. As my bank of resources has grown I’ve created more complete units of work, such as my Myths and legends four week unit which has everything teachers need to teach this topic. I still like to upload a mixture of free and paid resources, such as my Billionaire Boy chapter worksheet freebie for teachers who don’t need the full unit of work.
How have you connected with other teachers and authors to share ideas, experiences and advice?
When Tes first started to sell resources, there weren’t many of us and I started a forum on the Tes community to see if I could reach out to other teacher-authors. At first I was the only person in there talking to myself, but now there are loads of us and we have Facebook groups and meetups in real life to share ideas and experiences. I’ve met some amazing people doing this. It inspired me to put together a Seller’s binder to help other authors with promotion and general advice.
What is your tip for new authors wanting to extend their networks?
I would suggest just joining in, everyone is so friendly. If you need help, ask for it, and don’t be afraid to look silly, we all make mistakes when we first start.