A Sharing Economy Where Teachers Win is the headline of a pretty disappointing article in The New York Times today.
It takes an extremely narrow view of the idea of teacher sharing by focusing entirely on TeachersPayTeachers.com, and makes no mention of the thousands of teachers who share resources for free on social media and on sites listed at The Best Places To Find Free (And Good) Lesson Plans On The Internet.
It then re-emphasized this focus on money by defining “teacherpreneur” as a teacher who is selling their lesson plans, instead of the teacher/leader definition that is used more broadly (see The Best Resources On Being A Teacherpreneur).
I’ve got nothing against teachers selling their wares online (though it is disappointing to see sites like Teachers Pay Teachers not doing more to prevent plagiarized materials from being sold there) or through published books (of course, I’ve written eight of them). I just would have expected The Times to offer a less narrow view of the “teachers helping teachers” universe.