Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Our First Snafu!

Milestones come in all shapes and sizes.  Sometimes they are wonderfully happy milestones, like finally having a classroom of your own, your first summer break, or your very first sale on Teachers Pay Teachers!  Other times these notches in our teacher belts are not so happy.  Between the two of us we have seen many milestones, some good, and some bad.  Today we added our very first unhappy notch in our belt as sellers on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Keep in mind that we have been buying from our amazing teacher colleagues on Teachers Pay Teachers for a long time but have only begun to sell our own ideas on the site a mere month ago.  A few weeks ago we posted our Christmas Around the World with Elf on the Shelf unit.  It was a labor of love and many an hour was spent toiling to get things just right.  Today one of our amazing customers (who we appreciate with all of our hearts!) reminded us that even when we think we have our ducks in a row, sometimes things slip through the cracks.  This well intentioned customer found... a dreaded TYPO!  What?  How did we let that happen?  How many times did we read through that document?  A ZILLION at least!  Who knew that Italy was shaped like a "book"and not a "boot"!?!  After feeling awful that we made a mistake we quickly fixed the typo, uploaded the fixed version and thanked our customer for finding the problem.  After the initial panic wore off and we had time to reflect on what happened, it reminded us that its alright to make mistakes AND more importantly, its alright for our students to make mistakes.  Sometimes, as teachers, we get so wrapped up in what we are doing, and we want things to go so perfectly, that we forget that our students are ALLOWED to make mistakes and SHOULD make mistakes.  That's how they learn...and in this case, that's how we learned too!

Keep on Dancing in Your Teacher Shoes!

Deanna and Jenelle

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