Teachers Pay Teachers is too Cutesy

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  1. Falcon Flyer

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    So, I have to know. Am I the only primary teacher who hates all the cutesy stuff on TPT? I like all the good ideas, but I think I'll scream if I see one more paper with those weird stick people on them or fonts that look like a Kindergartner scrawled them out. I have some stuff I think might be good to post that I've spent lots of time making, but I worry that without all the clip art, it will get overlooked. Thoughts?
     
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  3. TamiJ

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    I love it.
     
  4. PinkCupcake

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    You'll never know unless you put it out there. :)
     
  5. catnfiddle

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    I have a metric ton of high quality Government PowerPoints I have meant to sell on there, but I despise PayPal and resist.
     
  6. TeacherGroupie

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    Are there any good alternatives to PayPal? (Sorry for the hijack.)
     
  7. YoungTeacherGuy

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    I love TPT.

    All that "cutesy" stuff is appealing to me. It's really eye-catching.
     
  8. MissScrimmage

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    I love TPT and appreciate that other teachers have taken time to create great products so I don't have to.

    I just downloaded a great (FREE!) activity on symmetry related to our pumpkin theme. It's the perfect thing to leave for a very artistic substitute teacher on Tuesday.
     
  9. yarnwoman

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    I like the cutsey stuff but my admin would frown highly if I used it
     
  10. msufan

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    The cutesy printouts use too much ink/paper for me... I prefer a bit more efficiency in anything I print. But I can't fault anyone who make their stuff cutesy on TPT, since that seems to sell.
     
  11. MissScrimmage

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    Just curious why your admin would "frown highly"?
     
  12. JustMe

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    Exactly what I was going to ask. I understand if one doesn't like it, but to "frown upon" it?
     
  13. ciounoi

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    Oh, me, me! I like what TPT has to offer but the smiley people and all the flowery graphics really get to me. Over the time I've been teaching I've realized that I work best with things that are efficient and practical. I try to assess all the cute through the eyes of a second grader. Will they care if all my labels match and have a purple border? Probably not, so it's back to write-on labels I go!
     
  14. TeacherNY

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    My students don't really appreciate all of the graphics and sometimes it is actually distracting so I usually skip that stuff. Most of the stuff is cute and I do appreciate the time people have spent on creating them.
     
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    It doesn't bother me, but I don't like how much ink it uses to print out.
     
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    I teach high school, and even some of the stuff for high school was too "cute" for my tastes.
     
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    It really depends. Some of it is a little cutesy, some is great. The thing that bothers me the MOST is the use of really cutesy fonts for primary grades. I've even seen teachers on pinterest and such have EXTREMELY well themed classrooms, but the font on all of their labels and charts around the room is INCREDIBLY stylized. In my opinion, I don't think that's appropriate nor beneficial to a student who is reading the room and learning how to correctly form their letters, spell words, etc. I find it to be a distraction, and sometimes the fonts don't resemble the way that students write their letters at all. I feel like most of the labels in the classroom should be a model for students, when they are all curly and fancy they aren't that helpful IMHO.

    Otherwise, though, I really enjoy MOST of the things on TPT. Only a very small handful are too cutesy for me. I don't love the stick people graphics, but I do really like the themed centers and such (monsters, gingerbread men, etc). The stick people look too folky and country for me, but that is more a matter of different taste than anything else.
     
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    While I like cutesy (not necessarily those stick characters), I do agree that some fonts are too eleborate for young ones.
     
  19. DrivingPigeon

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    I have passed on purchasing lesson ideas that I like because the fonts were too difficult to read.

    I like the cutesy stuff, but I definitely understand where you're coming from.
     
  20. GoldenPoppy

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    None of my items are cutesy. I don't even think about clip art and other things like that when I'm putting together materials because most of the time it is just extra. If it doesn't add to the learning, it isn't necessary.
     
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    My first graders love the stuff I have found - the "cutesy" appeals to them. The only drawback I have found is that there are very few items with African American characters on them, and my students are 100% black.

    Oh, and I only purchase items that have a readable font, like Comic Sans.
     
  22. ms99

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    I love, love, love TPT. I have gotten so many great things from there. I like all the cutesy stuff. The only thing that has caused me to pass up something based on a font/graphic is when the font is hard to read or a font where the letters aren't capitalized correctly.

    For example, I have a great font that I would love to use for things in my classroom but the "r" is written as a capital even when you are typing it lowercase. I've seen a lot of things to download that use the "smiley monster" font. It is a font that has no capital letters - everything looks lowercase. I try not to buy anything that uses a font like that in the directions, because I think it sends the wrong message to my students to give them something that doesn't follow the rules that I make them follow when they are writing. :)
     
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    I love it. I actually like the polished look that many of the borders and clip art add. I guess it's all personal preference.
     
  24. MissScrimmage

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    I completely agree about some of the fonts. They look awesome, but aren't clear enough for my grade 1s.
     
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    I love Teachers Pay Teachers, but i know what you mean about the cutesy fonts. Some of my students absolutely can't read those fonts, and for the most part, I've had to stop using the cutesy worksheets because it just starts frustration.
     
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    We can only use certain fonts and do not use worksheets at all. So most of what I would want is communication with parent type forms and the cutsey stuff is out.
     
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    I'm going to put black and white activities on TPT. At my school I'd be in so much trouble for printing that much stuff in color!
     
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    The font that has capitals for certain letters so it appears a capital is in the middle of the word seems to be popular, and it would totally undo all of the work I've done with one student who uses random capitalization.

    Other than work with fonts I don't care for, I like most of the stuff on TPT.
     
  29. alm111

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    Thank you!! I HATE all that cutesy stuff. If I taught primary, I might feel differently (?), but I don't really do cute in general. Practical fills my heart just as much.
     
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    I find TPT almost as dangerous for my wallet as Amazon, lol!
     
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    The capital letters in the middle of the words drive me crazy, too. I have found activities that I really love but didn't buy it because of that.
     
  32. MissScrimmage

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    Sometimes I will still get the activity, but just glue my own typing over top. It has to be an awesome activity, though!
     
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    This is EXACTLY the reason why I don't buy from TPT. While there are some amazing ideas and resouces for lessons, the font and size of the font are the issues that I come across.

    The mixed up capital and lower case work on TPT are ones that I can't use--and this is becoming popular on the website work!! I've got enough work cut out on my own to get these little hands to write the correct way.
     
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    I'm secondary, but I cringe at the cutesy stuff, too. :) How much do you all spend on TPT in, say, a month? Do you contribute to the site as well?
     
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    I think I'm going to start contributing my film studies stuff. Though, there may not be a huge market for it.
     
  36. TeacherNY

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    Right now I only download the free stuff. I guess I would pay for something if it was really unique. Many things I find online have to be modified for my students anyway so it is usually easier if I just create materials myself than to pay for some then spend an hour redoing it.
     
  37. scholarteacher

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    I teach Kindergarten, so it works for me! :) I also notice that everything from Carson Dellosa--everything from a stick person to a refrigerator to the state of Kansas--has the same smile on it! :O)
     
  38. beachteach!

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    Kids like cutesy! I like cutesy! Nothing wrong with something looking cute. Oh, and I love TpT! I cannot believe the creativity of teachers!
     
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    So don't purchase what you dont like. Or create and market your own. Maybe there are other like minded teachers out there who would like what you have to offer.There are several members here who sell materials there. Your comments about kindergarten scrawl are rude.
     
  40. ciounoi

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    The fonts are supposed to look like they were hand-written.
     
  41. MissCeliaB

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    I don't think it's rude. The OP was describing what the fonts look like. There are many fonts that are intended to look like a child wrote them. I also dislike fonts like that. I don't think the OP was being overly critical or rude, just stating that he/she doesn't like the materials available, and wondering if anyone else agreed.
     

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