Sharing is Caring
The week of April 7th meant the last days of ECS 350 and of my fourth year!
On Tuesday we began the class by creating a six word story to describe our preinternship. It was my first time doing a six word story and I thought that it was a fun activity to recap all of our experiences in a brief manner. The six word story that I created was “Coop was awesome. Sharing is caring”. The reason for this is because my coop was super helpful and resourceful, sharing all of his lessons and files with me. He said that there is no point in trying to reinvent the wheel and that teachers should try to “steal” as much as they can from other teachers. The other mathematics teacher at the school also shared her files with me, making a large contribution to my collection. I am was grateful that they were willing to share their work with me as it provides me tons of resources to use and adapt.
On Thursday we shared our inquiry projects in groups of three. One of the projects I was able to hear about was Tessa Thacker‘s inquiry on Treaty Education. Tessa shared that she wanted to learn more about Treaty Education, how she went about her project, and some of the resources she discovered. One resource she shared with the group was a 100 Years of Loss curriculum package. The package included lesson plans, worksheets, and activities that could easily be implemented into a class. The best thing about the package is that is it totally free for educators, they just have to submit a request for one. Check out Tessa’s inquiry project by clicking on this link to her blog.
One thing that I will always try to do as a teacher is share resources that I’ve discovered with others. I believe that professional collaboration is an important aspect of being a teacher, and sharing ideas is one way to accomplish this. We are not only teachers to our students, but also to our coworkers and we should try to learn as much from each other as we can.