Alright, I am looking for honest opinions here, shoot me down if necessary. 

Of course I have to begin this with a story, or it would simply not be a *me* kinda post.  Last night I was browsing on my Kindle looking for a new story to read (side note- any recommendations out there?  I LOVED Mortal Instrument Series and the new Infernal Devices Series.  I would love some more books like this!)  I was reading the reader’s reviews sections to see if the book looked good.  One review caught my eye.  It said that the the reviewer was given an free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.  I didn’t think anything of it, until I read it over, and over. Mostly this was reviews on smaller books, that are not necessarily mainstream (yet) or the authors are not hugely famous.

Then the light bulb clicked.  What if we did this in the blogging world?  This is where I need your opinions.

What if we provided a few people with advanced, free copies of our units and items from our Teacher Notebook or Teachers Pay Teachers in exchange for a blog HONEST review and review on the Teacher Notebook or Teachers pay Teachers site?

  •   Do people do this? 
  •  Should we (I mean specifically, me- apparently I am a *wee bit* self centered) do this? 
  •  Would this be in poor taste? 
  • If it is appropriate, who would want to be the blogger/ reviewer?

Is this not what the teaching community is all about? I don’t know, but I thought I would throw it out there.

Comment.  Throw tomatoes at me and tell me I am a selfish, money-grubbing scoundrel. I can put on my fuzzy slippers and robe (so, so, so ,so very thankful to still be on break- I am blocking out the return to school next week) and deal with it.

 I hope everyone back in school is having an easy first few days back.  If you are anything like me those first few days involve: wake, work, home, crash and that is about it.  For some reason the days after a break are almost as tiring as the beginning of the school year!!!!!!

Mandy Gregory is a 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion setting. She is the owner and creator of the Teaching Tips website ( and has over 10 years of experience. She is married with two beautiful children.

2017-07-05T22:38:48+00:00 Categories: Uncategorized|

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