Hey guys, I’m Chris Kesler.  You may know me better as Mad Science Lessons from Teachers Pay Teachers.  I’ve been a member on TPT since the tail end of 2013 which makes me a relative newbie in the TPT world.  However, in that time period I’ve experience quite a bit of success.  I have a ton of information that I want to share with you guys about the lessons that I’ve learned along the way.

I have dedicated a massive amount of time to this venture and want to give back many of the things that I have learned along the way.  I have run different blogs since about 2005 and feel like this is more natural fit for me than to post information over in the TPT forum.  It’s just easier for me and allows me to be a little more creative with my posts.

I teach 8th grade science in Texas and have been in the classroom for nearly 5 years now.  I have a strong technical skill set and feel like that has allowed me to jump out of the gates so quickly.  I hope that you’ll join me in the journey.

Welcome to TPT School!

Chris Kesler

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21 Responses

  1. Christina March 24, 2014 / 2:24 am

    I am interested in a post on how to get FB fans (authentic) to like my page…right now it is mostly friends and family who were linked to my personal FB page…thanks!

    • Chris Kesler March 24, 2014 / 10:42 pm

      I’ve got some thoughts on this. I’ll add it to my list and try to come up with a blog post hopefully sooner rather than later.

      • Christina March 25, 2014 / 12:00 pm

        Thanks Chris…loving your blog 🙂

      • Justin August 27, 2014 / 3:12 pm

        I’d love to hear your thoughts on FB too.

        I personally have used FB ads! And have been very successful at it. I’m of the opinion that if I’m going to treat TPT as a business not a hobby I should act like a business and spend some money on it! You gotta pay to play 🙂


  2. Jennifer Ann March 24, 2014 / 5:47 am

    I love your blog! I *just* started selling a week ago and know there is so much more to learn and do. Thank you so much for all of your info you are sharing! I can’t wait to read everything you have posted do far. Thank you!

    Jennnifer Ann
    Jennifer Ann’s Goodies

    P.S. I got my first follower today! I was just like that guy in the video. I wanted to shout it from the rooftop, I was so excited!!! haha

  3. The Artsy French Teacher May 23, 2014 / 1:38 am

    Hi Chris,
    Thanks for your e-book, lots to think about…a great idea. Right now I’m wondering about your post about Pinterest Images Cheat Sheet…I think I’m experiencing a mental block. I am able to upload an image to create a “high quality” pin like you showed in your video (Don’t laugh!) But using your cheat sheet, how do you get or make your images/pins those sizes…not sure I can. You say in the video that your one image looked like “crud”, so then how did you make it the right SIZE with those specific dimensions, or am I missing the point?
    (Do I have to sign my name?)

    • Chris Kesler May 24, 2014 / 1:57 pm

      When you save images from powerpoint as jpg’s they will be large enough to upload to Pinterest and look great. They don’t have to be those exact sized necessarily, but you don’t want tiny images like the ones that tpt give you. If you are making your own images in a program like Gimp then you can specifically set the image sizes.

  4. Teachers Unleashed August 17, 2014 / 4:25 pm

    Welcome, Chris! TpT will be one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences you’ve ever had. We can say that without a shadow of a doubt.
    Sending a personal thank you for posting the DATA from the TpT conference. We’d been searching and searching to no avail.

  5. dhruv September 15, 2014 / 5:48 pm

    Very nice website. I really appreciate you for creating this good site for beginners. I just wanted to know that I am Indian and Living in India. Can I am able to join TPT. Do you think that teacher would be interested to buy products from An Indian.

    • Abs March 18, 2017 / 1:21 am

      Anyone can sell from anywhere in the world Dhruv! As long as your product is useful, everything has been proofread, and the language is accurate, people will be interested.

  6. Jacqueline Ortiz May 21, 2015 / 2:44 pm

    hi Chris! I love your insights! I’m new and I’ve been selling for about 5 months! I love learning and your website is so informative! I subscribed to your blog and noticed that we are neighbors! Woohoo love knowing fellow TPT’ers in the area! I’m in CFISD and Cypress area ( Towne Lake). My TPT page is: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Little-Ladybug-Shop

    I’m going to search for you right now on TPT!!!

    Thanks again,

  7. Dr. Bob August 6, 2015 / 8:29 pm

    Hi Chris,

    Have found your website to be very informative. Do you know anything about how I can share my PPT presentations with teachers? I’ve tried Google Drive that failed to deliver and don’t want to waste time trying all the others. Of course, I would prefer free storage :). I’m using PPT v.15.11.1 that came with Office 365.

    So, here’s my challenge: I’ve developed a unique literacy program that features narrated lessons complete with sound effects, music, animated gifs, and text that are all synchronized with finely-tuned timed sequences. Transitions between most slides are also timed. The lessons have been bundled into 3 different levels each averaging about 1.5 GB. Teachers who purchase the bundles would be able to access the lessons from a site that stores large files. Access would be through a password that they would receive via email. They would also need to be able to use the interactive features (i.e. clicking on images) in the lessons. Ideally, customers would not have to download the bulky files, but merely view them immediately from a server.

    I’m still not sure how to best package the program. Each lesson averages about 75 MB and 8 lessons comprise a unit. There are 6 units per level with a total of 3 levels:

    Level 1 consists of 6 units averaging 250 MB each totaling just over 1.5 GB
    Level 2 consists of 6 units averaging 250 MB each, totaling just over 1.4 GB.
    Level 3 consists of 6 units averaging 250 MB each, totaling just over 1.5 GB.

    That’s the extent of what I know about large file sharing. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I welcome any ideas on how to get this project off the ground that has already taken me 12 years to develop!

    Dr. Bob

    • Abs March 18, 2017 / 1:29 am

      You can do this through Google Drive. What was the problem in trying to use it?

  8. Michaela Peterson August 10, 2015 / 7:04 pm

    Hi Chris! I really enjoyed your talk at the TpT Vegas Conference. I am looking at signing up for Tailwind but wanted to follow your affiliate link if possible. Could you let me know what it is? Thanks so much!

  9. Manuel Hernandez May 9, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    I just want to thank you so much for all this information, I’ve been a teacher for almost 10 years in Mexico. And one of my biggest passions is to create engaging and meaningful material that I can share with more teachers. Your website gives me so many great resources and tips to start on this exciting trip. You are simply what we all teachers should be. Someone who shares, and helps other people. You are an inspiration.

  10. Amanda Ortega July 10, 2016 / 1:34 pm

    Thanks for the eBook! So much useful information! Just wanted to let you know that the link to sign up under you doesn’t work…I tried!

  11. Gina April 6, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    I’m looking to hire a TPT Marketing advisor. To look at my store and give me recommendations. Know of anyone offering that kind of service? Thanks!

  12. Kate June 28, 2017 / 4:00 am


    Thanks for all of your generous advice!!

    I have a quick question, I think. I have recently started my TPT page and am uploading about a resource a day, and really focusing on making appealing products. However, I am wondering how do I get my first sale? I checked to see if my products come up when I search TPT and they are way down on the lists. I fear that it might be hard to get that first purchase.
    Any tips?

  13. Donna Waymouth June 7, 2018 / 2:53 pm

    Hi Chris!

    I have purchased on TpT over the past couple of years. I am moving grade levels this year from Kindergarten to 4th & 5th Grade. I have SOOOOO many leveled readers, mostly in gently used condition and I was wondering if TpT has a salesplace for selling items like this.

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