Why some teachers are choosing compensation over open source for lesson plans

By Lisa Driscoll, Editorial Intern

July 16th, 2014

It is no secret that many teachers believe they should be compensated more for the work they do

teachers-lesson-plansIn 2012, one kindergarten teacher defied the norm and earned more than $700,000 by selling her lesson plans online. This success story was just one of many stories involving K-12 teachers who received more than their yearly salary by selling their lesson plans in an online marketplace called Teachers Pay Teachers.

Two years later, there is a rising popularity with posting and using free, open-source material. Yet, Teachers Pay Teachers remains popular and is even expanding with more investors and members.

This begs the question: Why are some educators still choosing to pay for lesson plans?

Torrey Trust developed her own site, K-12 Tech Tools Database, to aggregate free, open-source materials for educators who wanted to use technology but didn’t know where to find resources.  “Two main obstacles to teacher learning are time and resources,” Trust said.

(Next page: Saving teachers time and money)