3 Reasons Why You Should Share and 3 Things You can Do to Start Sharing

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I am back on my soapbox…

  • …because I continue to see great things happening in classrooms, but get blank stares, when I ask, if these things are being shared beyond the school building.
  • …because I watch as administrators feel the need to “protect” their faculty from “one more thing to do”.
  • …because I continue to hear fear of transparency, competition, privacy and technology skills and tech phobia.

 share4 Setting up my soapbox to raise awareness of the “moral imperative of sharing” for teachers (Dean Shareski) goes back to his keynote in 2010 at the K-12 Online Conference. Since then I have stepped on that soapbox via my blog and at conferences advocating for the IMPORTANCE and NECESSITY of sharing.

George Couros, recently published 4 Reasons People Don’t Blog, which are in essence the same reasons why people don’t share (just substitute “blogging” for “sharing”)

  1. Blogging is useless
  2. I have no time
  3. I’m a private person
  4. No one cares what I have to say

He closes his blog post by pointing out the importance of sharing as an integral component of learning as well as underline “the willingness of others”

 I have learned a ton not only from my own blog, but from benefitting from others that have been willing to share their teaching and learning with me, and because of that, as Dean Shareski stated, I am better off for the willingness of others to share.

shareI DO want to understand WHY it seems so hard for some many educators to share…but only in order to build an airtight argument that SHARING best practices, reflections and documentation of learning is the essential fabric of education and the building block of networking, growing and moving forward.

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We need to stop looking at all the reasons why educators DON’T SHARE and start looking at and DOING all the  things WHY we NEED TO SHARE.

So here is my list: 3 Things Why You (as an Educator)  Should Share

3why-sharing1. The shift of a culture of consumers to producers is built on sharing and disseminating.
Our world, and in particular the world of our students, is build on the culture of sharing. Ex. Sharing your status on facebook, adding a book review on Amazon, leaving a comment on a product you purchased online, photos on Instagram and videos on Snapchat and YouTube. Educators need to acknowledge the shift outside of the classroom and take advantage of the shift for learning with our students.

2. Painting the picture of teaching and learning in your school
Too many other people (non-educators, policy makers, politicians, media, etc.) are painting a grim picture of the teaching profession, teaching in general, schools and student learning. It is time to become our own storytellers. Sharing student successes and teachers’ professional and continuous learning MUST overshadow and outnumber the negative press and reputation that has been building up.

3. The future of learning is social and build on and around Professional Learning Networks.
Networking is built on a concept of sharing. Networking is defined by the Merriam_Webster dictionary as “the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions”. In order for an exchange to take place, someone has to step up to SHARE. Without sharing there is no network. Someone has to give and someone has to take, without giving the machinery of how a network works will not function. In our Information Age, where information is being generated at exponential speed, we need to rely on a network to filter quality and relevant information for us. It is our responsibility to be the filter and curator for others as well.

sharingSo from 3 reasons WHY you should share… on to 3 Things you can do to start sharing…

share63 Things What You (as an Educator) Can Do to Start Sharing

3 whys-steps to sharing.0021. Stop resisting change
We need educators, in particular administrators, to stop resisting change, take a deeper look at the world around them and LEAD by modeling!  Sharing is and needs to be a method, a strategy and a technique to improve teaching and learning practices, benefiting an entire school  learning community.

2. Create a workflow to document teaching and learning
Great things are happening in your classroom and in your schools. Learn to embed documenting best practices, student learning and action research in a digital form to be able to easily disseminate via a blog, twitter, photo or video sharing site.

3. Start small.
Add a comment on a blog you read, share a resource, a link, a book or an article you have learned from on Twitter. Let students take over in documenting learning in their classroom. Use your cell phone to take photos of learning in action, write a descriptive comment under the photo and share on a blog, Instagram, a classroom site, blog,  Twitter or Facebook account.

share3You can start sharing right here by adding your reasons WHY educators should share and WHAT you can DO to  start sharing?

15 thoughts on “3 Reasons Why You Should Share and 3 Things You can Do to Start Sharing”

  1. I’ve been sharing and connecting via my blog for five years. As a result-
    I have learned more than I did in the preceding 25 years in education
    I think more critically and clearly
    I am able to distill the essence of a conference, an article, a unit, an experience…
    I receive feedback and ideas from other educators
    I have built a global network for two way learning
    I document learning from my school, the process of which often highlights where to go next
    I own my own learning and can support other educators at my school in owning theirs
    I know Silvia… and she’s coming to work with us next year!

  2. The problem today is that education has been commercialized and hence people are in such cut throat competition they do not want to share, their methods etc. But this is wrong. The motive is education and it should be given to everyone.
    All Students. The same way.

  3. Wonderful Silvia! As a global educator I also step on my soapbox about this and fully appreciate the effort it takes to get started – but it is an imperative for educators in today’s learning ecology.
    As an educational consultant I continue to share my thoughts, ideas and innovations in some form, acknowledging that I am trying to make a living from the experiences and knowledge base I have over many years and keeping a balance between client needs and expectations and my needs to interact and continue to grow as a global, connected and collaborative learner.

  4. This is a great post Silivia! Indeed! It’s been a while since I open my tweetdeck. Things get so busy at school (one reason why NOT to share). But you are right! We need to think of the reasons WHY I should Share. I will print your diagram / or drawing and post it in my office. I need this reminder every day!!! BTW, how do you allocate time for all that you do???

  5. Thank you for this post!
    I’m writing about how I made it a goal to connect with others in my profession, and this is the perfect post to share with those around me who hesitate in doing so!

  6. Silvia-
    Thank you so much for this post! I had finally just settled in on a New Year’s Resolution (yes, I know it is mid-February) to rekindle my blog. Your reasons for sharing and ways to start are perfectly worded. I also plan on sharing (*grin*) this post with many teachers I work with. I work with some of the most fabulous teachers and the world would benefit so much from their thoughts, ideas and reflections. I hope I can expand my resolution to not just jump start my own blog but to get at least 5 more teachers blogging!
    -Kyle (@edtechdunny)

  7. This is a great post! This year has been a learning experience for me in sharing with my team. It has been wonderful to work with each each other and share so many things. I am still learning how to use technology to expand my horizons. I do have to admit though that I have always been hesitant to use different forms of media because safety is my main concern…. there are so many out there that use media to mess things up. At the same time I am working to overcome these views that I have to give my students a better chance to be more prepared for today’s changing world and the technology that goes with it.

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