Do you write great lesson plans: You can make money on them!


If you're not participating in Edbloggernews, you're really missing out. I just found this gem that I'm going to look into more. It references an article posted yesterday from CNN about the new website www.teacherspayteachers.com.

You upload all file types of ORIGINAL work and it can be purchased and downloaded by other teachers for use in their classroom. You get 85% of the proceeds. I'm probably going to sign up without paying the fee to see what I think. (There is a $29.95 fee annual fee to participate.) He has recruited several award winning teachers who are already submitting plans for sale.

I have full PowerPoints, handouts, and resources for so many of my lessons. I've hesitated to share all of them because there seem to be pirates out there that like to snitch material and market it as their own. This is a way for me to market and share that material so it doesn't gather dust on my shelf. Much like ebay, buyers will rate the sellers on this market and what could emerge is a powerful tool to facilitate exchange of effective classroom materials.

I'm going to look at it more and let you know what I think. Meanwhile, it is worth a look and I like the idea.

I have to wonder if school districts will pay for such material or if it will be yet another expense out of the teacher's pocket. I almost wish he would rename it so that it would sound more legitimate on the PO. “School resource market” or something like that. Having worked with the public school system, there's a lot in a name. I would be afraid teacherspayteachers.com would raise red flags in bookkeeping.

Another benefit from the New Net! Now, get there and make money off that lesson plan you slaved over!

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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7 comments

Brian Grenier June 29, 2006 - 11:11 pm

For some reason this doesn’t sit well with me. I’m all for capitalism, but this idea of teachers paying teachers to use their resources just seems to go totally against the ideas behind Web 2.0.

I have commented further on my blog.

Brian Grenier
http://bumpontheblog.etowns.net

Miguel June 29, 2006 - 11:33 pm

Vicki, what about work for hire copyright? If you did this and it lies within the scope of work, you need a written release from your district to sell this stuff.

Cammy June 29, 2006 - 11:43 pm

Thank you for posting about this. I’ve been out of the world of teaching for two short years, yet feel like I’ve missed so much. This looks like it could really be worthwhile!

JenW June 29, 2006 - 11:07 pm

Can you hear me screaming from where you are???? You just made my day!!!

And and and — if you check, there are NO technology lessons yet. Grins — as I said, YET!!

Thank you Thank you Thank you!!

Jennifer
http://www.technospud.com

Vicki A. Davis June 30, 2006 - 1:40 am

Many mixed opinions here.

Brian — I have freely shared some things in the past just to find them in someone else’s book under their copyright. That seems to go against the ideas of honesty. Web 2.0 is about content creation but doesn’t mean it HAS to be free. If I develop a 30 page manual with powerpoints, lesson plans and tests on PowerPoint (and I have), why should I post it freely. Shouldn’t I be able to profit from that.

Miguel –
Most of the things I’ve developed I did as CEO of my business Bright Ideas, Inc. before I ever came to the school. I have adapted it for the school but did it with the understanding that I would retain all rights to my material. I am also at a private school. This is definitely something that may be an issue in public schools, however, I wonder if they will allow people to release their work at all. Do they have to get a release to use it on the free sites, I wonder?

Cammy & JenW, I hope it works for you. I’m going to look into it a little more and spend some time there. I have a feeling that some great teachers may be willing to give away “secrets” for a little extra incentive!

I heard a speech several years a go about how good teachers were going to become the entrepreneurs and money makers of tomorrow through such things as this. This was before I got into education at a business conference. They stated: People who can teach and do it very well are going to be transported around the world through the Internet and will help other teachers improve on their teaching.

That is why I gave this site a second look. Jury is still out here, however. I’m not one to jump into things so quickly.

Stacey Franks June 30, 2006 - 3:18 pm

Why pay for lessons? SuccessLink has thousands for free written by teachers in a searchable database http://www.successlink.org

Anonymous August 11, 2006 - 12:20 am

Visit http://www.kbteachers.com

Much better!

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