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I'm not sure how you differentiate between school time and personal time. I can't remember ever having experienced anything that I didn't wonder how I could include it in a lesson plan so the students could share in the "experience" too. Teaching, for me, is a 24/7 opportunity.
Yes I believe teachers should be able to profit from their innovative lessons and if the plans are not inventive they won't sell. The online lesson plans may be better than a specific teacher can develop on their own. Using the better plans benefits the students. The students should not suffer because teir teacher is not highly skilled at developing creative plans. As was already mentioned, most of the time teachers tweek the plans to fit their own specific needs.
A well-organized lesson plan is a gem. I might pay for one for $1 or two, like a song on iTunes, and I think the teacher should get most of it. Amazon has some .pdf's that can be sold and downloaded this way. But there's SO MUCH on the web, podcasted, -pedia'ed, etc. that I wonder why I'd pay. Then there's the matter of tailoring it to MY students. A lesson plan was written for a particular student or group, and no matter the teaching or subject matter mastery of whoever wrote it, I wouldn't be trying to fit my students to that exact template.
These are podcasts, and they are free. Some are great, some are junk. Available at the iTunes store, but lots are never listed on iTunes.
Yes, teachers deserve these earnings. They work 24/7 and no school can say these lessons are their property.
I believe that they should be able to sell there teaching materials.And us the ideals of other teachers and crafts and there supplies. I'm not sure though, I would want to do that at all times.
I love the exchange of ideas and get inspired by the teachers I work with. I learn from them. I could never sell my lessons because they are the results of our collaboration. After I retire, I would consider publishing my work.
I also agree with crathfon and Donald Wilder. A compromise I came up with when I was a storyteller and regularly used others' versions pf stories as inspiration was to credit that original storyteller before I started my telling. Now, when I write or share lesson plans I also give credit at the end of the lesson by using a phrase such as - "thanks to", "inspired by", or if I am using it exactly as they wrote (rare!) use "developed by". I also have had people call and ask for verbal permission to use my material as written. These simple courtesies allow for ownership and acknowlegement of the hard work to be maintained and then shared in an open community forum without having to apply a business model or other restrictions to access.
I agree with "c rathfon" above. Until enough generations pass for that particular paradigm shift to happen, I appreciate and honor those who share generously in the spirit of the profession. Attempts to apply a business model to school/education improvement on a large scale so far seem neither educationally, economically nor socially successful.
Creating lessons is a huge amount of intellectual work, for which teachers should be well paid. However, I believe that teachers' salaries should reflect that work. Society needs to be convinced that teaching is one of the hardest and most important jobs around and should be well paid. I think it would distract from our real mission of teaching children if we're also trying to run a business. Opensource sharing of ideas and lessons seems like the way to go for the future.