Author on TES: Resource crusader, SaveTeachersSundays
Raymond Rodgers, prolific TES Author, SaveTeachersSundays, talks to us about why he started publishing resources and how he promotes his business.
Tell us a little about what you were doing prior to publishing resources.
I was teaching in central London for four years; three years in Year 3 and one in Reception. I also did a postgraduate diploma in dyslexia and literacy with the University of York.
What was the inspiration behind the name, SaveTeachersSundays?
I was thinking about my own Sundays while I was teaching. I knew a lot of other teachers spent their Sundays doing marking and other bits. It's about giving teachers their lives back.
Why did you decide to make the move into creating resources full-time?
On top of teaching and subject coordinator responsibilities, I was running a resources website, which was doing really well and receiving a lot of traffic. During this time I was also doing the dyslexia course so, ultimately, I think I probably took too much on and I felt it was time for a change.
While I was teaching, I thought spelling was taught poorly in schools. It wasn’t until I started my course that I realised this was because teachers (including me) weren’t properly trained in how to teach it. This was where my passion for creating spelling resources started and it led to the production of my own spelling scheme.
How did you choose which topics to focus on?
My first consideration was spelling because it was one of the main reasons I wanted to produce resources.
Then I looked at where the curriculum had changed most. Spelling was again one of those areas, plus science and also history. As a result, these are the areas I have complete planning for.
How do you promote your business?
SaveTeachersSundays started off on my old website, so I still get people coming over from there. I also get promotion from a mixture of other sources: from the resources I publish on TES, organic searches in Google, paid search engine ads, as well as word of mouth.
I am not really into social media. Although it’s free, if you want to do it well you have to put a lot of time in it. I think Pinterest is the one I would invest in if I were to use social media. If people are on Facebook, it’s usually because they want to talk to their friends, whereas if you’re on Pinterest, it's generally because you are looking for something.
What advice would you give anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
Start small and get some proof that people are interested in the resources you want to create. It will also give you the opportunity to see if it is something you really want to do.
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