“Selling Lesson Plans Online, Teachers Raise Cash and Questions”

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Teachers are harnessing the power of the internet to sell their tried and true lesson plans. Some supplement their incomes by thousands and tens of thousands dollars. Golly!

I think this is rad. Most sellers consider this not only and aid to their peers but also a credit to skills and experience they’ve been honing, sometimes for decades.

While critics say this practice puts limits on what should be an open community and free resource, I think they are just jealous. A free market provides incentive and allows customer feedback, both of which should stimulate improving the quality of lesson plans.

New teachers can get a running start by learning from experienced teachers without such a long runway muddling through unsuccessful methods.

Some teachers use profits to buy new books for their classes or provide treats to their students. Some use it toward paying bills and mortgages. Some remodel and take vacations. Any and all of these seem like valid ways to spend a supplemental income.

School districts have investigated certain instances to find out if any of the materials were developed by a cooperative effort within a school district, in which case they feel they should receive all or a portion of the profits. But when it’s clear that the work is a completely individual effort, most school districts are supportive of the extra income their teachers are receiving.


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