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Should teachers sell lesson plans?

Should teachers sell lesson plans?

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There's an interesting article in today's NYTimes about teachers selling lesson plans, and the myriad issues this raises. Should public school teachers be allowed to reap personal financial reward for lesson plans they create? What if they put the money back into the classroom? Is that different than if they put the money in their pockets? Does the equation change now that more lesson plans are being delivered digitally?

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Beth Ades-Hanson's picture
Beth Ades-Hanson
Title 1 Reading (K-3)/ Reading Recovery / ELL K-8 from Lake Mills, Ia

I think that as educators we should be able to sell our lesson plans if we so choose. What other profession DOESN'T sell their ideas! I am always giving them away but if someone chooses to sell their own ideas I think that is their own decision. More power them!

Robin's picture

Yes! Shouldn't we reap the benefits of our labor like everyone else?

Judy Kilburg's picture
Judy Kilburg
1-8 Computer Lab Teacher from Cleveland, Ohio

I see the arguement for selling lesson plans. But let's don't forget that many lesson plans have some ideas or uses of other people and other resources that we have incorporated into our plans. Will this bring about lots of law suits when teachers begin saying, "Hey, wait, that's my idea or I do that!" i'M not for or against it, I'm just wondering about the can of worms it might open. What are your thoughts?

Robin McLean's picture

I echo Judy's sentiment. Personally, I wouldn't sell my lesson plans. I guess that's because I feel it is important to collaborate with my colleagues so I can grow an improve. I am involved in a few web 2.0 venues where we FREELY share lesson plans, worksheets, and other instructional resources we have created. Others then share how they used the plan and even enhancements they made. By partnering with, rather than seeking payment from, my colleagues nationwide, I am able to grow and improve my own practice.

John Lovell's picture

I am surprised that it is not obvious that selling a lesson plan to your student would be a type of extortion. And I doubt that most institutions would allow a business enterprise to be carried on with a captive audience.

The lesson plans belong to you, but if you wanted to sell them, it should be to the institution or to an outside customer.

shane Cozart's picture

I feel as a teacher we should have the right to use what we want and spend what is needed. And as we gather information we can share with fellow teachers and borrow from other teacher. We should also, be able to reap different benifits as thing increase.. Each teacher has to build from the bottom up...

Andrew Flowerdew's picture

I think that enabling staff to sell lesson plans and other learning and teaching resources would enable more innovation and help support those individual learners who, for whatever reason, do not find resources that their "home" teacher provides.

Betty Ray's picture
Betty Ray
Senior Editor at Large

Interesting... In general, I support the idea of teachers reaping financial benefit from selling their plans but I assumed that the sales would to other educators, not to students. I suppose, these days, it's pretty unrealistic to assume that students would not find a way to track these down, especially if it meant a better grade (or, as John mentions, black mail!)

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