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15 November 2009 @ 05:59 pm
never on Sunday  
The resident of the back bedroom had to play at the football playoff game last night in Waco and so did not return to the school until the wee hours of Sunday morning. We all decided to sleep in and then have an early b-day celebration for my better half since his bday always falls when I am at NCTE. Then, it was serious napping. Needless to say, not much else was accomplished.

I did, however, read an interesting piece in the NYT about teachers scoring $$$ for sharing lessons online. There was some question as to whether or not this was kosher. If plans were written using school district resources and materials, it seemed to be the conclusion that the plans belonged to the district and not the teacher. In some ways, we are confronting some of this at the university level. For instance, I have taught two online classes and conducted two webinars for professional organizations with the blessings/permission of my employer. The question remains, though, who owns these materials? Early contracts awarded "custody" to the professional organizations. I refused to sign them as I consider this work my own intellectual property. I do not want to sign away the rights to present these same ideas in workshops and articles.

So, what is the ethical stance here? We are entering some gray areas in the days of online instructional environments.
Current Location: home
Current Mood: considering
Faerlyn: bibliophilefaerlyn_darkelf on November 16th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
maybe split it - but ultimately, the teacher's hard work is the catalyst - ANYTHING can be a lesson plan, it's the teacher who brings the lessons to life.
(Anonymous) on November 16th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
It is considered work product if it is done with the school's resources. If you are creating it at home-then the copyright belongs to you. FYI student's work is never considered work product because they are not employees of the district.
(Anonymous) on November 20th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
I had a wonderful three week lesson that I had come up with for the rodeo three years ago when I first started working as a teacher. Well, the other LA teachers wanted to do it too so I gave them a copy of my lessons. Three years later Im teaching ESL and when I saw my friends LA curriculum, there was my lesson!! The whole 6th grade is doing my lessons in the district. Is my name on them? No!! I got no credit from the district for my lessons and I worked my butt off preparing it.