About - The Learning Effect



I’m Tiffany Schmidt - the blogger, creative mind, and teacher behind The Learning Effect.

I currently reside in Raleigh, North Carolina and have previously lived in Salt Lake City, Utah and Scranton, Pennsylvania. I attended the University of Utah (go Utes!) and earned my degree in elementary education. I have taught grades 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. I am currently a full-time TpT author.

I married the love of my life, Vince, in May 2018. I decided to leave the classroom to reduce my stress and anxiety. My health was suffering and I knew I needed a break. In October 2018 we learned that we are expecting our first child in June 2019!

Why am I here? One reason: to help teachers find new ways to manage and organize their classroom, as well as engage their students in fun, hands-on lessons with minimal prep and lecturing from the teacher.

In other words?

I’m in the business of making teaching easier for YOU.

With a degree in elementary education and 7 years of teaching under my belt, I'm the teacher packing the smart skills that allow you to organize your space and get your students engaged in learning — and feel great while you’re at it.

You are in the right place if you:
  • want your classroom to be organized, student-friendly, and welcoming
  • are ready to delight your students and parents with easy to use management and communication resources
  • are seeking new ways to engage your students in fun lessons that are hands-on and student-centered

BUT maybe…
  • you don't know where to start when it comes to getting your classroom in order and ensure it stays that way without spending all day micromanaging students
  • you are often swimming through paperwork that is sent back and forth between home and school
  • you aren't sure how to effectively communicate with parents and keep them in the loop without using your sacred break times or prep time before and after school
  • you worry that your lesson or classroom won't look quite like those found on Instagram and Pinterest
  • you need some easy guidance in building your lesson plan resource file so that you can stop killing trees with thousands of copies of worksheets that leave the kids bored at the end of each day

I have 7+ years of teaching, creating lessons and resources, keeping up with the latest trends in education, and blogging about how I make it all work in my own upper elementary classroom.

My experience has taught me one definite truth: look to social media for inspiration, but realize that what you see is not what always is. Those beautifully organized classrooms - students come in and get their education on...it doesn't stay perfect for long. And that is OKAY! (I promise!) But I have learned through trial and error, ways to make it all easier to manage and how to get students involved in the process so they own it.


  1. I think a classroom space planner is a great idea. If you were in Virginia I would hire you. I've been teaching 21 years and I'm such a pile maker. When I get sick of the piles and clean up then I really don't know where anything is. We also have the same birthday but I will be 58.

  2. I read this whole page and came to comment the exact same as above. The idea sticks out! Come plan my classroom for me!

  3. Hi! I LOVE your genre posters! Did you make them or purchase them? I would love to know where I could get a set like them.

    1. Hi Melanie,
      Are you referring to the 40 Book Challenge genre posters from this blog post? http://www.thelearningeffect.com/2015/08/classroom-reveal-2015-2016.html
      They are currently on my "to upload" list. They should be up in my store in the next week!

    2. Hi Tiffany,
      Where is your Growth Mindset Bulletin Board Set. Its not on TpT. Can you help?


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