Should teachers pay for their own lesson plans? Would teachers pay for their own lesson plans?
Even if they were only two bucks a pop?
Okay, on one hand, as teachers, we already pay for so many of our school supplies that adding another $2 to the fire here and there doesn’t seem to bother me much. (As long as the materials were of high quality.) On the other hand though, if the school site isn’t to be expected to pay for the educational resources I use in the classroom, what the heck are they paying for, the rent on the building?
Is my district just a landlord with a whole lotta goofy, bean-counting, bubble test rules? (Don’t answer that.)
Maybe I’m just employed under the barbershop model whereby I work at a station but I am required to bring my own scissors, hair gel and blow dryer in order to do my job and they’ll provide the toilet paper in the restroom, but it will be the cheap, rough kind. Free, but grainy, a devil’s compromise if ever there was one.
Sure would be nice if I knew the terms of our fiscal agreement on these matters though, wouldn’t it?
I mean really, what is my school supposed to pay for? And what should I be expected to pay for? And where is it written what is what so that there is some transparency to the process of all of this?
And how come after all these years as a teacher I still really do not know the answer to this stuff?
Is this like one of those “need to know” matters where I don’t have security clearance that’s high enough to be welcomed into the loop?
What should they buy, what should I buy and why-oh-why does the thought of all this always make me want to sigh, cry and kiss this job “goodbye”?