Prompt: Write a post that includes a “giveaway,” whether that is a lesson, a PDF, or something else.
Just make sure it is something you’ve created (preferably) or something you have the copyrights to share 🙂
Some ideas to get you started:
- Write a post about the importance of sharing ideas to create better student outcomes for everyone.
- Discuss times when you felt you did not want to share your ideas and why “giving away” this one is important.
- Share a time someone used an idea without permission and why plagiarism in the real world matters.
- What value do ideas have and why does giving them credit matter?
I wish I had something to give away. I spent a lot of time thinking about it, wracking my brain for anything I have created that I could possibly give away and I couldn’t come up with a thing. That made me wonder though, why don’t I have things to give away? I’ve been a teacher long enough, I should have things to give away. What it boiled down to for me is that I do a really good job of borrowing from here or there to create things for my students. Those mash-ups of resources are very specific to a task and not anything that I feel is worthy of giving away, though I would absolutely credit the sources they came from.
Teachers Pay Teachers always made me feel like I should have something cool to share like the teacher creators on that site. Something that other teachers would find useful. But I turned out to be more of a consumer on TpT than a creator. I think perhaps that has to do in part with thinking that whatever I have created is not worthy of sharing. I know that sounds like I have low self-esteem and I don’t, I just have very high standards for my work and I don’t want to put something up on TpT or even this post that is not something truly significant and unique. I am sure there are some reading this post that would argue that I might be judging my own work too harshly or that someone out there might find something I have created worthwhile, but I really just want to be sure that if I am sharing something in such a public forum, that it is of the highest standard and quality.
In speaking to the first point of the prompt, (sharing ideas to create better student outcomes) I am reminded of the 3rd grade PLC I used to lead at my former school. Those meetings were rich with ideas on how we as a team were going to achieve our goals and continue to see our students perform at their best. Each one of us would come with our own unique ideas and we would mash them up into something usable for all of us. I created a number of things for my PLC, all things relevant to what we were doing, none of which I would want to post publicly.
Teachers are great at sharing ideas. I love that the Internet has maximized the sharing experience. I have learned about so many cool new tips and tricks that I have incorporated into my practice because of my virtual PLC.
This post definitely has me thinking about what I can share publicly going forward. As a teacher on assignment, my work presently is very specific to Career Technical Education, and once again I don’t feel I have anything to share, beyond cool websites.
Do you share your work publicly? Tell me about it in the comments below. 🙂