Updated: Monday, 22 Aug 2011, 3:00 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 19 Aug 2010, 11:03 AM EDT
The website of www.TeacherWishLists.com is very easy to set up and start using. The following tips will help you make your wishes more effective.
Your Email Address
In order to sign up and control your wish list account, you will need to provide a valid email address. This allows you to use features like automatic password resets or being contacted by donors through TeacherWishLists.com.
Many teachers use their school email address however, schools tend to have fairly aggressive spam filters and emails from Teacher Wish Lists may get blocked automatically. If you do not get account creation email confirmations you may need to check with your school email administrator to allow emails from @teacherwishlists.com.
If you are promoting TeacherWishLists.com to your entire school or district, you may want to check with your email administrator ahead of time to avoid potential issues.
Plan on Promoting Your Wish List
The most likely source of donations will be parents and your local community residents and businesses. TeacherrWishlist.com is a tool for wish list management but promotion is in your hands. Therefore, you will need to "get the word out".
Here are a few tips:
Individual Wish Lists
Inside your account you will find a URL that you can use to send people to your individual wish list. Use it. If you have a school web page, blog or social media account you can use this to provide a link directly to your wish list.
You can also send this link by email however, from inside your account, you can have your full wish list emailed to anyone.
School or Town Wish Lists
Some of the more successful users at TeacherWishList.com have involved entire schools and parent associations. If you have a strong PTO community or school administration that might take the lead to involve teachers and promote a wish list program, you should coordinate with them to ease the burden on teachers.
Besides the link for an individual wish list inside your account you will find a link to your town wish list.