The business in me will not disappear simply because I have changed careers. As I was searching for a lesson plan for a book that I planned to read as a class novel, I stumbled upon an interesting site called Teachers Pay Teachers. I found a neat lesson plan and bought it. As I returned to the site, I thought, "Why not me?" As a new teacher, I have not developed a lot of lesson plans, but I have used Power Point for many purposes in the classroom as well as for classes I have taken. With all of the uncertainty in the economy, adding a separate channel--even if minor--made sense.
My first lesson was created with the new Common Core Standards in mind. It took awhile to compile a 49 slide presentation with multiple purposes. I then discovered that my first submission needed to be free. Fair enough. If I create something useful to many, it can be a bellwhether to other lesson plans. In fact, it will be a model for several others I plan to create in the next few weeks. Will I strike it rich? Not the point. It provides good quality at a small price for other teachers to employ. I have discovered that time is at a premium and between the commute, the meetings, the lesson plans, and my officiating, that time saved will be valued by others.
I see my store building slowly but surely, and my creativity once used in the mortgage business for marketing purposes can be re-channeled into creating good looking usable lesson plans for teachers on the go. I will also have a number of lesson plans at my disposal for future years. The Power Point model works well for me, though I see using other plan types from time to time. It is the best of both worlds.