Monday, January 9, 2012

What!?!?!

As I gear up to make a elements of different genre's worksheet for my kiddos I noticed a post....Super Teacher Worksheets is no longer free!

My first thought was WHAT! That was my go-to site. If I needed remediation or a quick homework sheet I would always turn to them and quickly hit print. So like many others and probably you as well....I hit up the site to see their reasoning. I get it, I do...well okay sort of I'm still pretty upset.

On the one hand I understand that it does take time, effort, and a little bit of creativity to make worksheets. If I could I would do it as a job. I really enjoy it, I love technology, and I think I am okay at it. But I just don't seem to have time...there is this thing called teaching that I need to do, behavior control management, cook, clean, grade papers, and raise a child. So I turn to websites especially Super Teacher Worksheets for some help.

I read their little letter and yes I get it, but part of me wonders...seriously wonders if they are just trying to make a buck? I am skeptical, I guess. Unfortunately I will probably pay for the membership...especially with the enticing "new graphics, new worksheets daily/weekly" part of the letter...wait! I should let my students read it because I think they are trying to persuade me to buy the membership!

I am pretty torn on this one...what are your thoughts????

17 comments:

laughinbrunette (Jennifer) said...

I understand they have to make money...but I just cant pay for worksheets...I used them for convenience, I can't pay for convenience at this point.
Jennifer
First Grade Blue SKies

YearntoLearn said...

Nope, I won't be paying for a subscription.
I liked to site when I used it here and there, but not enough to pay for it.


Yearn to Learn Blog

Jill said...

The teacher next door to me lives by Super Teacher Worksheets and she was sooo mad this morning!! I wouldn't buy the subscription - I used it verrrry occasionally and I didn't think their stuff or graphics were THAT amazing!!

LaKeta said...

I was sad when I saw that this morning too:( I like a lot of the sheets, but not going to subscribe it any time soon...It was a great way to find things for a sub or just a little more supplementation...

MJ @ Teaching in Heels said...

OMG! I was so surprised reading your blog just now. I guess it's ok for them to charge, but come on...they never did before!? (too whiny? haha!) I'm not sure. I do like it for inspiration for scoots and easy filler worksheets, but I'm not sure if I'll subscribe. Maybe I'll wait to hear from someone who does to see if they think it's worth it...

Kristin said...

Here's a thought. Get everyone at your school to chip in a dollar or a nickel or whatever and pay for one subscription. Then just use that account and go crazy! No? Too dishonest? Won't work?
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

S. Parker said...

Up until today, I did not know about Super Teacher Worksheets. I think you only find those on blogs.

Jen R. (The Teachers' Cauldron) said...

really?? that's a shame...I have a lot of worksheet resources, so I don't think I'll be paying for a subscription...bbummer though, it was convenient at times
The Teachers’ Cauldron

Lisa Lizak and Beth Wright said...

OMG! I saw this yesterday too and was shocked! I just used their site before Christmas and was devastated yesterday morning when I when to print something and it wasn't free anymore...WHAT?!?! is the perfect sentiment! I won't be paying for the subscription either. So glad I found your blog today and can't wait to comeback and read more great ideas :) Hope you're having a happy Tuesday :)

Lisa :) (new follower)
Made In The Shade In Second Grade

Anonymous said...

I'm confused. You have a TPT store where you charge for teacher materials you've created. Why all the uproar over someone else getting paid for their work? They have just as much right as you do.

Dandelions and Dragonflies said...

I agree...I do charge for some of my things. I think I was/am more upset because it was always free...I think I have used them for years, and BAM without any notice or anything they change it. I also like TPT because it is actual teacher like me who take the extra time to make things that are curriculum/grade level appropriate. I would rather put money into another teacher's pocket and not a large business/cooperation. Like I said in my post...I agree, understand why and all of that, but just more shocked.

Wendy Hall said...

I have to say as a substitute teacher I couldn't afford to spend the $20 that they are asking for. One of things that I like about TpT is that there are plenty of FREE things that you can download, without spending a penny. When I find a full time job teaching, I will probably spend the $20 but not until then.

Erika said...

I noticed that too. What a bummer. I didn't use it enough to pay for it. Maybe they'll change it when they see it hurts them.

2B Honey Bunch
The Best Endings

Anonymous said...

I was also surprised and disappointed when I went to use it. Won't be getting a subscription any time soon.

Anonymous said...

Really everyone!
It is a great site...it was only a matter of time before ST started charging. They have great reinforcement sheets.
The membership is not expensive for the convenience. Think about all the time and effort that went into the site. They should get compensated!!!

Anonymous said...

I am a teacher in Gwinnett County also. LOTS of teachers at our school use Super Teacher Worksheets and were really upset when they started charging. Somehow our LSTC heard our complaints and she contacted Super Teacher Worksheets and got a great deal for our school...$150.00 for a year! You might what to look into your school buying it or a group of teachers together.

Anonymous said...

The man that created the site was a teacher prior to going into business. He stopped being a teacher so that he could create great worksheets for fellow teachers.