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It Worked Well – Here It Is (Sharing with Colleagues)

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by Neil Finney

That lesson rocked – I wish someone else was there to see it!

We’ve all felt the awe and rush of a terrific teaching moment. Students wide-eyed with excitement and the bustling sound of a class hard at work. But, don’t just leave it at that when the class ends and students leave – share it!

The teaching profession is a social one. With an increase in team teaching, co-teaching and school consistency in teaching practice, there has never been a more important time to reach out to colleagues for support and collaboration. When you’ve just delivered that dynamic and engaging lesson to students – pass it on to your grade partner or a teacher with which you have a good relationship. Even better – share it on “We Inspire Futures” – and reach out to our global online community!

If your colleague tries your lesson with their class – find out how it went for them. The leadership component that you demonstrate by sharing resources will show your staff that you are someone that cares about the teaching and building a strong staff community.

As a next step, now that you have shared some resources with a colleague, open up a dialogue about planning a lesson activity together. You will have already gained their respect (from the self-less act of sharing) and they will likely be interested in what the two of you can plan together for your classes.

How do you share your ‘aha’ moments with colleagues? How is sharing among teachers viewed in your school?

 

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NeilDuring Neilʼs 10 years of teaching experience, he has taught in London, England; Ontario; public and private schools; elementary and secondary; junior; intermediate; core french; developmental skills; and junior gifted (grades 4,5,6). He is a Reading Specialist that has been incorporating technology in his practice consistently throughout his career. Neil has recently published his first book entitled “Ignite. Incite. Inspire.” – Examining 21st Century Issues in Education, which is a collection of teaching articles and posts written from January to December 2011.

 

 

 

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