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Some people are really against this....

Discussion in 'Tes Authors' Group' started by TheGingerTeacher, Aug 25, 2015.

  1. TheGingerTeacher

    TheGingerTeacher Established commenter Forum guide and community helper

    I put a post in the opinion forum telling people about this forum to see if more people would like to join and did not get a favourable response!

    I don't understand why people are so against teachers selling good quality resources. They are happy for sites like *** to charge but a teacher shouldn't?

    It's crazy how stressed some people get about it as well.... Maybe wasn't my best plan!
    iGCSE101 likes this.
  2. languageisheartosay

    languageisheartosay Occasional commenter

    Well, I think you are being very helpful to us! And for those of us who want to sell, it's difficult to find how to get better results. I asked TES about tags etc. so things could be searched for and was told there weren't any more tags I could enter - just need to get every possible meaningful word in the title/description.
  3. TheGingerTeacher

    TheGingerTeacher Established commenter Forum guide and community helper

    The word they blanked out was another word for what stars do... lol

    The tags aren't great are they?
  4. Goodeyedeers

    Goodeyedeers New commenter

    There are always those who don't like change.

    This enterprise is like any other - if the resources are of a good quality, reasonably priced and valuable then people will eventually buy them.
  5. TheGingerTeacher

    TheGingerTeacher Established commenter Forum guide and community helper

    I agree I am happy that my sales increase every month and I think that is a reflection of my work.
  6. JaquesJaquesLiverot

    JaquesJaquesLiverot Established commenter

    Are the resources that you're selling ones that you don't use yourself in school?

    The reason I ask is that every employment contract I've seen says that resources created for your job belong to the employer - maybe that's what they're not sure about.

    Admittedly it's not that black-and-white. I made something when I was in my last job that the school wanted to sell, so they asked the local authority's legal department who owned it, and after a long delay they came back and said that they didn't know. When I left they conceded that it was no use to them on their own and they "gave" it to me.
    wanet likes this.
  7. TheGingerTeacher

    TheGingerTeacher Established commenter Forum guide and community helper

    I know this can be a problem. When I signed my new contract I explicitly asked that it stated all work created in my own time on my own equipment belongs to me and I own the intellectual copyright even if I choose to later 'gift' the product to my class.

    My head was very understanding. She didn't seem that bothered she just said "sure, sounds fine."

    People seem to dislike it because they feel teachers should give away their work as this is the teacher culture or something....
    iGCSE101 likes this.
  8. JaquesJaquesLiverot

    JaquesJaquesLiverot Established commenter

    I think that teachers have traditionally been a left-of-centre group, and I suppose that selling resources seems a bit Thatcherite for some older colleagues.

    I don't want to sell my resources for a number of reasons, probably the most important being that I wouldn't dream of buying any. I've been teaching for 18 years and have never used anything that wasn't created by me (or occasionally a colleague).

    Have you ever bought anything? If so, who paid for it - you, or the school?

    I suppose you could argue that I'm a hypocrite for even uploading resources, but the number of downloads suggests that there's a need.

    What's fascinating to me is that what people seem to want is labour-saving resources, rather than ones that challenge them and give them new ideas - certainly in Computing/ICT. The resources with the most positive reviews and the greatest numbers of downloads seem to be the most mundane or trivial ones that might save you a bit of typing, rather than those that give the students something new or interesting to do.
  9. JaquesJaquesLiverot

    JaquesJaquesLiverot Established commenter

    That's the view I take - and in most cases it was true, because I put them on my web-site before Computing appeared in the National Curriculum.
  10. TheGingerTeacher

    TheGingerTeacher Established commenter Forum guide and community helper

    I think there is need for both! We are all very busy people and this idea that we should do it all ourselves isn't necessarily a good one. I'm not saying everything but some things are useful to delegate out.
  11. languageisheartosay

    languageisheartosay Occasional commenter

    And some teachers are specialists who can make much better resources for a specific task than the generalist who might have to cover a topic which is not really their forte - such as ICT! In the 'olden days' when there were Units and schools for kids with different problems, teachers and TAs were very focused on specific difficulties but now teachers have to be aware of multiple problems and the associated characteristics. To buy books to refresh ones own awareness and teach one child in the class is expensive and time-consuming. The TAs get very little or no prep time. To get a suitable resource for free or very little seems a bargain!

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