Sharing: What’s the problem?

Educators have been creating amazing teaching tools and models for years and years and teachers have always been encouraged to share those materials and ideas with other educators.  Many school divisions now have online resources where they encourage teachers to share their ideas for instruction and assessment by posting them, an example being North East School Division’s Curriculum Corner

So why is it that some educators are so reluctant to participate in the active sharing of their ideas?  Is it because they don’t want to have their work critiqued by someone else? Are they afraid that what they have done isn’t good enough or interesting enough?  Because I would encourage those people to read this great blog post called What’s Obvious to You, is Amazing to Someone Else by Richard Byrne.  And if you don’t have time to read that article just yet, just take a couple of minutes and watch this YouTube video that is included in his post:

Or is the reluctance to share great ideas because teachers want to hold onto their OWN lessons so that they can look amazing, all on their own?  Is it a bit of selfishness?  Because for those people, I would wonder if all of their “own” fabulous lessons and plans were not borrowed or at least built upon an existing idea already.

A couple of weeks ago Dean Shareski gave a presentation on Sharing and the idea that it is our ethical duty to share and contribute to a larger community of educators.  This was his Slideshare presentation:

As a relative newbie to Twitter, I am constantly amazed and humbled by the sheer amount of brilliant sharing that goes on with resources, ideas, links and conversation. I am proud to be part of a community of learners who believe that collaboration is so incredibly important and I hope that more educators are encouraged to become connected and part of the global sharing that takes place.  As a substitute teacher I am fortunate that I am exposed to many, many different schools and I get to talk to many educators and administrators.  It actually surprises me how few of the educators in our area seem to be connected via Twitter.  I hope that as we continue talking to our colleagues and providing information, education and support, that we see more people get on-board.


4 responses to “Sharing: What’s the problem?

  1. I always feel so humbled when I try and participate in any #edtech #edchat #mathchat discussions on Twitter. Minds that are vastly more experienced and knowledgeable than my own wanting to share what they have learned so far with another “newbie.”

    I don’t know why more people aren’t sharing. I imagine its a mix of the areas you’ve pointed out here; a little bit of greed, a little bit of fear. I think as things progress, we will start to see a transition to a place where educators realize that all ideas (even bad ones) have their place in the larger discussion of how best to teach, and how students best learn.

    • I have also tried to follow the #edchat discussions on Twitter and I know exactly how you feel! It’s overwhelming!

      I feel fortunate to be part of the ‘connectedness’ of it all.

  2. Of course the wonderful thing is that now we have so many ways and channels to share. Some use twitter, some use their blog, some just share links. To me, find what you do feel comfortable with and share like crazy. Part of this course is exploring some of those less than comfortable spaces to at least get a taste for them.

    I appreciate the degree to which you both model sharing.

    • I think it’s important that people are exposed to the different genres for sharing. The seemingly few teachers who seem to use these things in our area surprises me. I have learned so much and am working towards being so connected in comparison; I really hope that can translate into helping me get a job! I have a lot of great ideas that I’d love to implement!

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