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Show and Tell

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Here on our TCR blog, we tell you about our products and how to implement them. We also share our personal experiences in the classroom, and some of the goings on at our company. Today, we are going to show you what we’re all about!

We are located in sunny Southern California, where it rains about six days a year. That’s how we always manage to have sunny dispositions!

One of the first things that will greet you as you walk in the front door is TC Bear, our mascot. He dresses up for each holiday, and always looks very dapper.


He will keep you company while you wait, which is never very long. Also there to welcome you is Susan, one of our receptionists who is ready to assist you in whatever you need. All the phone arteries run through her, and we are so thankful for her help!


Another smiling face you will see is Mary Smith, the owner of TCR. She is always out and about, encouraging us and expressing her excitement for all the new projects in the works.

Mary loves the holidays, and plans wonderfully-themed parties. (My favorite is the Halloween lunch and costume parade.) Mary’s excitement for life and genuine love of her job are contagious!

Tal, our Human Resources guru, is always up to something. He plans sneak attacks with his camera throughout the year to pay tribute to special events happening at the company. He then puts together a year-end slide show to embarrass commemorate us at the holiday party.

Even though he looks like he’s frowning here, he is just concentrating on trying to capture me on camera. He always has a smile on his face!

Now that’s more like it!

One thing that surprised me when I first started working here was just how BIG our warehouses are. (Yes, we have two!) Here is Daniel moving a pallet of new products to store here until we ship them out to you.

Just two of our many warehouse staff are Sabrina and Lisa. They work tirelessly each day to ensure that you receive our products as soon as possible.

Thanks for coming along on the tour! Next time, I’ll post about some of the other staff members in our crew. You’ll get to “meet” members of our product department, as well as some of the people in customer service; you may have even personally talked with one of them!

Happy Halloween from TCR!

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Halloween is our favorite holiday here at Teacher Created Resources. As many of us were previously teachers, we still remember the fun and whimsy of the annual Halloween parade held at our schools. We continue that tradition at TCR each year by having our own parade through the buildings, picking up fellow costumed employees as we go. The parade ends at the front of the main office, where we take a group picture.

We then proceed to the banquet hall next door, where we enjoy a wonderfully spooky potluck lunch.

Nowadays, many schools don’t observe or celebrate Halloween. Many adjustments have been made over the last few years, not only to respect the belief systems of our multicultural student populations, but also to accommodate the need for more time to spend on curriculum. What are some other changes that you have noticed in recent years that have affected how celebrations are viewed in schools? What do think these changes are driven by? Do you agree with the stand your district takes on celebrations in school?

Five Tips for Getting a Book Published

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Have your teaching buddies told you that you have a fabulous lesson plan for a specific topic? Then they ask “Why haven’t you gotten this published yet?” Your reply is something like, “Ah, well, ah, I don’t know how to do that.” Ah, well, read on and you will.

As Editor in Chief, I am always on the lookout for new material. At TCR we look for standards-based lessons that are presented in a clear-cut, easy-to-follow way. They need to be educationally sound and classroom-ready. So if your lessons meet this first criteria, read on.

Before you submit anything to any publisher, you need to do your research. If you are interested in getting something published, here’s your assignment. Read the following. Answer any of the questions.

1. What are the current trends in education that you are on top of in your own classroom? What do you currently teach that can be a book?

2. Study the market before submitting anything. The best way to do this is to visit your nearest teacher supply store. Spend some time there looking through books. Which publisher does the type of book that yours is the closest to? You might want to buy a few and look at them for format, page counts, and writing style.

3. Before sending your manuscript, find the publisher’s submissions guidelines. Ours are located here. There is a one-page description about how we best like to see material submitted.

4. Know that you may have to kiss a lot of toads before your book gets published. If your book is rejected, it is oftentimes because the company already has something similar. You might want to try another publisher.

5. Keep track of who you have sent your manuscript to. It takes time to read through all the submissions. It may take up to six months until you hear from someone. Most publishers have a review process, and it may be that you have just missed the last one. Practice patience.

Do your homework. A little time well spent by you will save you time. And trust me, the person on the receiving end who is responsible for acquisitions will remember you with fondness for having completed your homework.

Race for the Cure

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Now why would the employees of Teacher Created Resources drag themselves out of bed on a Sunday morning, in many cases before dawn, drive for an hour and then fight for a parking space? The answer is the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Newport Beach, California. For the last seven years, TCR has joined together to walk as one as we raise awareness and money to help defeat breast cancer.

The cause is very near and dear to the heart of this company as our owner, Mary Smith, is a breast cancer survivor. When we did the first race Mary wasn’t able to join us, but the next year she led the group! “It was truly a highlight for me that I was able to walk with all the folks at TCR and race to help raise money for breast cancer. Every year since, I have looked forward to being there. It is a remarkable morning with a wonderful survivors’ tribute. Bringing my grandchildren with me has made it all the more fun!”

This year, TCR has its very own poster family. Mary and her family are representing the Race for the Cure on the poster that is being used all over Orange County, California to advertise the race.