English Teachers Need a Sense of Humor to Survive
I confess. I used to be an English teacher. My mom and aunt were also English teachers. I associated with a lot of other English teachers, and most of them had a great sense of humor. In fact, I’ve only known one English teacher who seemed to have no sense of humor, but maybe that was just a side of him he reserved for his students. He was my junior English teacher in high school.
If you are an English teacher, or are about to start your first year as an English teacher, I’ve picked out ten humorous shirts (and two bonus shirts) that are sure to make you and your colleagues smile. These also make great gifts for English teachers who might be your friends or relatives. During my years of teaching I discovered most people haven’t the slightest idea what kind of gifts teachers like. Hint: It’s not cologne and soaps.
Most of these shirts come in many styles, sizes and colors. To make exactly what you want, you can look to the right of the product page for style and color options. If you’ve got a funnier or more personal sentiment or image you’d like to use in place of what’s on a shirt, just click the “Customize” button under the shirt’s picture on Zazzle to choose an image, font, or new text color.
#1 The Infallible English Teacher
This shirt lets those pesky students who might dare to question you know, right off the bat, they will be wasting their time, since you are always right.
#2 No Coffee, No Workee.
If you can’t get into gear without your morning coffee or through the afternoon without more, this is the shirt for you.
#3 Tired of Explaining the Same Concepts Over and Over?
Maybe these shirts will make it easier and save you some time.
This shirt that illustrates how important it is to use a comma properly.
#4 English Teachers Judge People Differently
#5 If You’re Known as the Grammar Expert
Are you the person your friends are afraid to talk to because they think you will be aware of their grammar and usage mistakes? Does your reputation for correcting people other than your own children and your students make you famous (or infamous)? Intimidate your friends even more with this shirt.
#6 Maybe You Really Do Find Grammar Fascinating
Like many high school students, I thought the study of grammar was boring — all those workbook exercises and diagramming. Maybe that was because I always had good oral modeling of standard English when I was growing up, and usage came to me instinctively. Actually studying grammar seemed like busy work to me. That’s why I almost let myself flunk English one semester when I knew the material cold. You can read that story here.
In graduate school, I had to take a class in advanced grammar. I dreaded it, thinking it would be terribly dull. What a surprise I had in store for me. Dr. Foote actually was excited about grammar. He taught us about transformational grammar, which I’d never heard of, but I had studied the German language for a couple of years in college, and I saw some similarities. All of a sudden, grammar became a controversial subject and I started to enjoy it. Dr. Foote’s enthusiasm made a real difference in my own attitude.
If you love playing with the language and its grammar, and can make diagramming seem like working fun puzzles, this is the shirt for you.
#7 Here’s Just the Shirt to Wear on the First Day of the New School Year
If you are of the “Never Smile before Christmas” school of thought, this should be just right. It’s also good for first year English Teachers. Maybe you will even make yourself believe it so you can face that first class with confidence.
#8 Do You Want to Inspire Confidence in Your Students?
Let them know you can be trusted.
Know your subject well enough that students will know what you say about writing and grammar is true.
#9 Maybe You Want People to Know You’re Much More than an English Teacher
Maybe you’d rather people focus on some other aspect of your personality.
Tease those you meet with this shirt. I’d suggest this one more for social use than classroom use.
#10 Hint that you Weren’t Always Teaching English
Students love a bit of mystery in a teacher.
You might as well imply that your previous career was a glamorous one. Then they might think you are more exciting and listen to what you say more carefully.
Which is your favorite shirt?
Easy Product Displays Can Be a Big Help on Blogger and Self-Hosted WordPress Blogs
Once you are a Zazzle affiliate, you will want to start promoting your products. How you are able to do this depends upon who is hosting your blog and how much you want to spend to make your blog look beautiful. For WordPress blogs I host on my own domains and on Blogger blogs, I normally use Easy Product Displays to display Amazon and Zazzle products. This amazing product lets you build a product display by searching from a display builder on their website for the Amazon or Zazzle products you want to use. Then you choose a layout, click on it, click the tab to get the code, copy the code into the text view of your blog, and you get an attractive layout.
You can see one example of Easy Product Displays on my review of The Life of Pi on a Blogger blog. Look at the end of the post. As you make the display you can use lots of products displayed in in rows of one, two, three, or four products. You can choose rows of larger or smaller display boxes and you can have several rows. Just click the banner for more details. Pricing depends on which companies you want to be able to search while building displays. I think the most expensive is $6.99 a month with a better deal for a year at a time. It now includes searches for Amazon, Zazzle, and Share a Sale. If you have several blogs and you want them to look good, it’s worth the price. You get a free trial with the annual sign-up. The only downside is that it does not yet work here on BlogJob. I have enough other blogs and sites to make it worth the low cost.
Displaying Your Zazzle Products on BlogJob
There are a couple of ways I display my Zazzle products here on BlogJob. The first is pretty straight forward and is also the first step to the second way.
- Sign into Zazzle and find the product you want to promote.
- Click the share button
- Click the link button.
- Select and copy the HTML code.
- Paste it in your blog (text view) where you want the product to appear.
- Change to visual view and see if you are happy with it.
The code will look something like this and will have a link to embed the image, the title, and the creator name under the image. On the next line is a link to more products of the same type or something else Zazzle wants to promote. Here’s the code that I pasted in for this product, one of my most popular for autumn. I took the picture about a mile from home.
Here are some tricks. You don’t have to include every line of that text. This is October, but since I used love as one of my tags for the product, Zazzle has decided it’s a Valentine. I can just delete that last line about browsing other Valentine cards right from the visual view. There are still three links left to click with my referral code. (And speaking of referral codes, sometimes Zazzle leaves your referral code out of that bottom link. If you don’t see it there, just delete that line. It won’t help you. ) I normally delete everything under the image except the title, and sometimes I even delete that. Here’s what I did to get this mousepad to display this way. So that people will know they can click to purchase, I added the caption with the edit button you see in the image below.
- I copied the HTML code as I did above, putting it right before the words in bold in the last paragraph (in text view, of course, where it is not going to be bold.) Then I clicked on the image in visual view.
- That brought up what you see in this image. I then clicked the alignment icon to make the image align left.
- When I did that, the other links moved where I did not want them. Since I don’t need those links anyway, I deleted them here in visual view.
After you do that, you need to play with preview for a bit and correct the spacing until the product aligns with the text the way you want it to. It won’t always be exactly as you want it. I haven’t learned all the tricks. We won’t always get perfect. But we can get close. Hope this helps. Feel free to use the comments to ask questions.
As I begin this new blog on Zazzle selling, I will be taking into consideration what I learned by trial and error in my first few months. I would do some things differently were I to begin again. There are now three ways you can sign up for Zazzle — as designer who creates products, as a maker who manufactures and ships products under Zazzle’s auspices, and as an Affiliate, who promotes anyone’s products for commission. Commissions are usually higher than the royalties designers get when products sell. So when you first join, if you want to create products to promote and sell, join as a seller. Follow the step-by-step directions on the landing page to start your store.
At the same time, join as an affiliate so you can begin making money immediately by promoting the products of others on your blogs. Again, the instructions on the landing pages are pretty clear. Look at your published blogs to see if you can find Zazzle products that relate to your blogs that would make nice illustrations for them. I did this at the very end of this blog to add a touch of humor. It is hard to find any topic for which you cannot find a related Zazzle product. I will also be looking for products to illustrate this post.
Learning as You Sell the Products of Others
As you search for products to use on your blogs, you will see a lot of products others have created. Take note of which products grab your attention and why. Notice which products just don’t work and why. Then apply what you learn when you make you own products. Although to really start selling you will need to have a lot of products — probably a minimum of 200 in your store — be sure to only put your best work on your products and make sure the designs you create are appropriate for the products you put them on. You want people to look at your store and say ‘Wow!”
Before you open your first store, have a plan. Do you want everything in just one store? I started with one store that was a hodgepodge: Barb’s California Card and Gift Gallery. The only thing that unifies it is that everything is related to California. I have 3,777 products in that store at the moment, and out of those, only a few products have ever sold. Below is my best-selling product.