Today in “Why collaborating via Tumblr is easier/better than collaborating with my department”
A few weeks ago, the wonderful hithertokt asked #education if anyone would be willing to share Romeo & Juliet resources. I had done the same thing for Macbeth a while before that, and the amazing theimprobablefiction sent me all of her Macbeth stuff. ALL. OF. IT. It was so helpful.
I have taught R&J before, so I was more than happy to pay it forward and send all of my stuff to hithertokt. As she went through the trial process, we emailed back and forth and it’s been SO FUN watching her go through such a fun project that I created in my student teaching. But what’s even better, is she improved on everything. She made things easier for the kids understand and then she sent it all back to me. Now my kids will benefit from her improvements when I do my mock trial at the end of the year.
And can I just brag about the awesome of Tomes for a minute? As I was panicking about teaching To Kill a Mockingbird because I had no idea what I was doing, she was there with kind words and wisdom and answers to my questions.
This is what collaboration is all about. I don’t understand the teachers at my school who feel like they own their work, and don’t want to share it. Or teachers who aren’t open to conversations about the texts we’re teaching. Isn’t it all about the kids? Doesn’t teaching include helping other teachers?
So, thank you, #education. Thank you for collaborating in a meaningful way and helping students who aren’t even yours.