I know many teachers who put a lot of time, care and creativity into planning lessons and creating original materials for their students. These teachers not only take the time to research and develop their materials, but they also laminate and protect their final product, so it could be reused and shared with other teachers. I know their extra efforts helped to enrich the lives of their students and colleagues, but I don’t think they got any extra financial benefit for their toil. Turns out they were only a few steps away from making extra income and maybe even becoming a Millionaire!
You read correctly, a Millionaire! Last year, I read an article about a teacher from Georgia who became a millionaire while teaching! No, she did not win the lottery, or inherit money. She turned her lesson plans and materials she created for her students into a revenue generator using a site called Teacherspayteachers.com. Seems impossible right? Click here for proof and see that it is possible and get motivated! Turns out she is not alone. There are a few teachers out there who are brining in a lot of extra income and using it to help their students and fulfill some of their own dreams. Read more here.
Now, I should mention not everyone is a fan of TPT (Teachers Pay Teachers) as evidenced in this Kindergarten teacher’s blog post and in the comments that follow it. The author has some interesting points, as do the commentators. Read it, so you can form your own opinion.
I would like to address an elephant in the room before closing. That elephant is teacher salaries. No, I am not saying teacher salaries are too high, quite the opposite. I am a former teacher, two of my brothers are teachers, and many of my friends are teachers and none of them are Millionaires, but in my opinion, they should be. What other job demands so much for such little monetary return? (We know teachers don’t teach for the money, but that does not mean they shouldn’t be paid fairly) Teachers do not work 8am until 3pm and their summers are not one long vacation. They are often at school from 7am until 5pm and then there is the preparation, grading papers, parent phone calls, oh and things like eating dinner, spending time with family and trying to sleep. Summers are spent getting ready for the coming school year and in many cases working another job. View this great graphic from Upworthy.com to help put things in perspective.
Furthermore, a teacher is not a robot, which just dispenses facts to willing participants whom effortlessly absorb the given knowledge. Teaching and learning is a dynamic process and requires ones full attention. Unfortunately, children and teens often come to school requiring much more than just good instruction. They often require emotional and physical support. Teachers listen to problems, they intervene when needed and they increasingly provide for students basic needs as well. Oh, and for those who still say, “Teachers are just babysitters,” have them read this.
Until teacher’s salaries are doubled or tripled, sites like TPT are a blessing for those who are willing and able to do the extra work. So instead of just reusing your great lessons and sharing them with teacher’s in need, take the extra steps and initial investment and start earning extra money! You may be wondering how to get started on this new path as teacher entrepreneur. Click here for some guidance.
Thank you for reading and for sharing! Please feel free to comment on the blog and to offer any thoughts or suggestions.