Both, Please: Resources by Teachers and Publishers
Sharing teaching resources has never been easier, and there are plenty of great publishers out there, too. So, which to use?
Teacher-created resources typically emerge from the creator’s experience with students. The appeal and effectiveness of their products are practical and student-tested. Because these materials are produced with little financial investment, they may require additional preparation to use. They are often more engaging to students, but teachers may have to adapt them to ensure they adequately address the intended skill or concept.
Publisher created resources are typically developed by a team of experts who are knowledgeable about the topics and skills addressed in their products. Their polished products are developed to mimic those that consumers have previously purchased. Because these materials are expensive to produce, they must be designed for selling to more generic “middle of the road” user-groups. They may be more skill or content driven, but teachers may have to adapt them for unique needs and student engagement.
Ultimately, it’s the needs of students that best guide resource selection. Discerning teachers can confidently use resources created by both teachers and publishers.
4For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.