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.

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