Teacher collaboration isn’t for the weakhearted

Think unit and lesson planning is easy?  It’s not.  Especially when it’s done thoughtfully.  More and more I realize this is why I collaborate, and for me since I’m the only science teacher in my building, why I must rely on virtual collaboration.  You have to be tough and go out there and find similar-minded folks if you aren’t lucky to have them in the room next door to you.

I’ve been working to build a lesson about fracking.  You know fracking, right?  Believe it or not people in Oklahoma are experiencing more earthquakes than Californians since oil and gas explorers have started using fracking techniques.  Isn’t that going to hook students into wanting to know more?

I’ve written about the 6 Not So Easy Steps of Building a Science Lesson and have started hearing from colleagues far and wide.  Here’s what happened in the span of a few minutes on Twitter in response to my appeal for help.  I know Kathy who works in Vermont (and I work in Kansas) but don’t know Anthony at all.  He put me onto a treasure trove of relevant articles and resources.  What a kind, generous and typical teacher move!

Do you have collaboration across the cybersphere?

I think about this as the ultimate treasure hunt…except I’m looking for teachers who have similar passions and interests as I do.  Think about that.  Across the whole world I’m looking for a few good collaborators!

Do you wish did this?  You can and it’s not that hard.

What do you need to know in order to find collaborating colleagues that can make your teaching practice stronger and bring the fun back to planning lessons?  Post your question or idea in the space below.

  • marsharatzel

    Two lesson tweaks and two colleagues make a fruitful day

    Lucky me, I had the chance to spend a whole day in face-to-face professional conversation with other teachers who have the same age students and subject.  That doesn’t happen very often and I have to tell you…..

    It was pure heaven.

    In that day, I learned more than I have in months and came away feeling hopefully and excited about the lessons I’ll present to my students. Check out the simple tweaks we were able to develop so that the publisher’s lesson became very dynamic and customized to what our students needed.

    Isn’t that the whole point of collaboration?

    Plus I was able to share the workload so I don’t feel so overwhelmed with a long TO-DO list that I could never hope to accomplish.

    How do you feel after a productive time of professional conversation?


  • gatot

    Collaboration can help you to

    Collaboration can help you to make a good opinion together (you and your friends too). I think it’s nice if you can make a collaboration.

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