19 March, 2016
“Hello, Just following up on the last message. We would love to hear back from you to see whether you are interested in the £50 reward for uploading…”
The TES came a calling. Offering cash incentives.
“£50 reward for uploading 3 premium teaching resources to our website. “
I had a look.
What is a premium resource? It’s a resource on the TES site that you pay for.
I have enough problems remembering my login for the TES site.
I had a read of this post again. It’s about why i teach. I’ve done it for a while now. I still love it. It’s about the changing, the learning, the everyday being new, the unlocking of potential. It’s not about the money.
I am more than happy to share any knowledge, resources I have with anyone. For free. Get in touch and I’ll send you what I can.
I feel that the sharing of ideas, resources, skills and knowledge is a key part of teaching. It’s how we are going to improve our education system, our curriculum. It’s how we are going to prepare our young people for the future.
It’s also what we ask the children in our care to do when we plan group work.
As well as an ethical issue in getting paid for sharing my resources, there’s a further issue.
If I make a resource on my council computer, in my council lit, council heated classroom and maybe print out a few test copies on the council maintained printer, is it fully my resource to charge for?
If I use the knowledge that I have developed through the inspiring, knowledgeable teachers I have worked with, is it fully my resource to charge for?
If I use an idea that I have seen on someone else’s resource, even if I have adapted it, is it fully my resource to charge for?
I am lucky. I work, and have worked, with some wonderfully knowledgeable, inspiring people. I learn loads from them. I see how they do things, I improve my practice, I incorporate their ideas and I steal a copy of their resources from them and use them with my class. Should I offer them money when I do this?
Sharing. It’s a fundamental part of education, it’s how we personally improve and it’s how we are going to improve the lives of our young people.
Hopefully I do it.
And it’s useful.
And I do it for free.