Some may say, imitation is the highest form of flattery. In education, many say we will beg, borrow and steal to get what we need for our classroom. “Beg, borrow and steal” has such a negative connotation…flattery on the other hand… I propose that we begin to shift our thought process as educators and flatter each other by sharing successful practice. One of the many beautiful things about being an educator is we very rarely have the same experience twice. We may use the same content, objectives or standards but each time we deliver the information is it slightly different. We may host the same celebratory events each year like graduation, dances, trips but each year is new and exciting. We may use the same lesson multiple times, but our students perspectives and interpretation will vary and therefore the entire learning process will have a unique twist. The human element of our industry brings surprise and opportunity to each day!
Last night I decided to start a new Twitter chat entitled #celebrateED. Twitter is a great means for sharing relevant information by area of specialization. We can use this social media as educators to not only to share content, but to share excitement as well! No one understands the feeling of satisfaction in the classroom quite like a fellow educator. Let us celebrate these successes. #celebrateED.
We can share lessons virtually through many means: shared Google docs, Evernote, Edmodo, Twitter the list goes on. Let us begin to model collaboration as educators by sharing publicly. Use the lesson, reflect and then share feedback with the originator. They may benefit as well!
Last tip for Flattery: responsible use. Always credit the author or resource. Additionally, protect your own work. creativecommons.org is a valuable resource for sharing your “knowledge and information with the world.” Model this for students as well.
All for now.