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.