I found a site through my reading today that lets teachers buy and sell their original lesson plans. I though it was a very interesting idea, so I set out to find out more on the site and its idea. Here’s what I found….
The site is called “Teachers Pay Teachers” and can be found interestingly enough at www.teacherspayteachers.com. The site boasts 410 registered users, 81 member teacher-authors (members that pay a fee to have their work on the site for sale), 46 free downloads and 235 total products. The site was started in April of 2006, so it is extremely new and comes at a time when most schools are at the end of their school year. I would expect for it to pick up more member teacher-authors toward the start of our school year in August/September.
The negavtives that I found after browsing the site are:
The offerings seem quite sparse at the moment, with a lot of topics empty. I also found that not all authors gave a free preview of the lesson plan, while the descriptions leave a lot to be desired if I was going to pay for something sight unseen.
The positives that I found include:
The site layout is easy to navigate, with a learn more link that gives a lot of helpful information. The free downloads and previews that were available were professional and would be useful to teachers in those grade levels. The pricing is very affordable for authors at $29.95 annually with a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee, while the prices on the few things that I found ranged from two dollars up to twenty five dollars for a piece of software. This was just a few items, not the whole inventory, so prices may be higher or lower, but the prices I feel are very reasonable. While authors pay an annual fee, buyers pay no registration fee, but must become a registered user to purchase lesson plans.
Overall, despite the lack of inventory and the description issues, I found the refreshing and that as it grows will help promote positive learning for our children. I would recommend Teachers Pay Teachers to educators who are looking for new ideas or just wanting to share ideas for a little extra pocket change. For more information you can check out this article from the AP Teachers are selling study guides online.
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