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Buying and Selling Lesson Plans

October 1, 2012 8:21am (EDT)

A recent article from Huffington Post's Education section featured a Georgia Kindergarten teacher who has achieved millionaire status. Intrigued? Me too.

According to the article, Deanna Jump's yearly salary is $55,000 at a private school. My understanding is that as private school teacher's salaries go, that's not too bad. It's also not going to make her a millionaire. At the urging of a friend, Jump posted her lesson plans on the website TeachersPayTeachers.com. The site was founded by Paul Edelman, a former teacher, in 2006 as a forum for teachers to share resources. Jump's story is one of those like the weight loss commercials, followed by an asterisk and "results not typical" warning. Still, she isn't alone is achieving great success by selling lesson plans online.

Teachers are operating on what seems like increasingly limited time. In order to have our students achieve standardized testing goals and grade-level readiness, arduous hours are spent drilling and exercising in a variety of ways as we hope that we're covering each learning type during a less for maximum effectiveness. That doesn't include the time spent outside of the classroom reading, researching, and studying to prepare for that instruction. And we haven't even mentioned the time spent grading quizzes, essays, and exams.

Sites like TeachersPayTeachers.com can help save time when teachers can purchase tested, peer-reviewed lessons for a maximum $5-9 (there is a section of "$5 or less" and some of the lessons are free).

Have you purchased lesson plans or would you consider it? Do you have a favorite lesson plan you're considering posting for sale online?
Do your peer groups trade lesson plans and teaching strategies on a regular basis to ease the load on individuals in the group?

See CNN's video interview with Deanna Jump here:

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