Dean Shareski shared with us his ideas of sharing and the importance of sharing as a professional, not necessarily as a teacher. Sharing builds community. In our school divisions, with parents and grand parents as well as globally.
The Saskatchewan Teachers Federation dictates teachers need:
“To work with collagues in mutually supportive ways and develop effective professioanl relationships with members of the educational community.”
Although the STF does not tell teachers how to share, I have to say taht it is easier to share online, not have to leave your home, or you could have your feet in the sand, than to meet with people at arranged times in predetermined places. Not being able to make a meeting is really no longer an excuse.
Sharing is reciprocol. What you put out you get back. But no longer is being able to share limited to learning from those around you or what you can find in books. Knowledge come from others, at any time in any way, fram any age group, and from any walk of life. Powerful. These connections make it possible to gather more feedback which perpetuates more learning. The downside would be filtering all the information that could come your way.
Shareski stated during an online class that before knowledte used to be filtered and then published. However now a days we publish first and then our work is filtered. In the case of most blogs they are continually a work in progress. Which is a perfect metaphor for learning.
To add my thought about blogging and online sharing. I like to share. It makes me feel needed and provides a sense of belonging. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. As a learning consultant it is my job description to share what I know, as well as collaborate, with teachers. When I do this I often feel like I receive more than I gave. However when I blog and write different ideas, thoughts and share resources I do not see the effect that it has on others. I also don’t know if what I write is of value to others or if others even care. Comments are made, but not many. I am very guilty of not leaving comments. I will read someone’s blog, learn, perhaps utilize an offered resource but rarely if ever to I take the time to enter a comment. Since starting my own blog perhaps I will feel more persuaded to leave a comment and offer thanks or suggestions.
Nancy Dixon writes, “the primary driver for sharing experiential knowledge is the respect and recognition of peers.” How true. She explains that it is a peer who really understands what you are going through, recognizes the challenges and appreciates the sharing. Often superiors are unaware of what it is like in the trenches.
Some people fear sharing what they know because they believe that what they know makes them important and valuable. They use it to increase their value in the organization. For instance there are some teachers who plain refuse to share the resources that they created. They belong to them. Others have commented on how great their resources are. This acknowlegement reinforces their value and importance. However what really ends up happening is stagnation. If ideas and knowledge are not shared growth ceases.
As Franklin stated in the Continental Congress just before signing
the Declaration of Independence, 1776., “We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
Why do we all need to stick together? Why do we need to share? We share to learn. The world is changing at an accelerated rate. It is almost impossible to keep up with it by yourself. You need others. When others share they have already filtered what you don’t need to know. Time saving! The also provide their perspective, perhaps good, perhaps bad, but it is a perspective that you may not have employed. Sharing broadens us, it helps us grow.
What do we share?
Ideas (the hottest commodity in the world)
How to . . .
Thoughts and feelings
What worked and what didn’t
Your biggest Ah Ha moments.
Whether you buy into sharing what you know or what you’ve created this biggest commodity out there are ideas. The North American industry has changed. The hottest ticket in town is ideas do not amount to much unless they are acted on and shared with others where they can take root and come alive.
Do you buy into sharing?
What’s your excuse?