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?



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7 responses to “Sharing

  1. Sharing is joyful! I’m trying to analyze my motivation as I respond here. I really do think we were created, intelligently designed, to share. I grow a huge garden in the city and give half of the produce away, because it gives me joy. In some respects I do it for me, a selfish act. Isaac Mao says in his blog, “sharism is encoded in the human genome”. I believe when we do what we were created to do, we’re blessed. Ancient wisdom declares, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”.

    I share lesson plans, ppts, important articles yielded from my own time searching. Like Zach last night I figure if I spent that much time finding the thing, someone else wants/needs it too.

    Point to consider: would Abe Maslowe frame the sharing that we’re discussing as at the level of meeting belonging needs or a trait of self-actualizing?
    (I really enjoyed the link to Maslowe as I hadn’t seen some of this information about his work before.)

  2. @jameshollis always ends his blog posts (in which he shares Smartboard resources) with “Sharing is caring”. It is so simply put but so absolutely true. I do believe it is a moral and ethical imperative to share. I am always flabbergasted when people don’t share or react oddly when others share. Being on Twitter has really renewed my belief that the culture of sharing is alive and thriving. I am continually in awe of the gracious and giving nature of people in my PLN. I loved what Dean said last night about letting your PLN help filter the wealth of information out there. I think that is so true! Thanks for your great post so promptly after our class!

  3. Yes! Sharing is caring, is joyful, and broadens us — I totally agree 🙂

    But is also makes cold, hard, economic sense! It lets us avoid re-inventing the wheel, it exposes us to new ideas leading to innovations, it lets us learn from other people’s mistakes so we can avoid them, it lets us build on the previous work of others to let us start projects much further ahead than we would be by doing it ourselves — and all of this saves our organizations a ton of money and resources! Share — its the fiscally conservative thing to do 😀

  4. I absolutely agree and Kevin’s point that sharign makes good economic sense is a salient one! Classes sizes are huge; curricula are heavy; learner’s needs are diverse; and, school budgets are shrinking. Sharing is not only our moral imperative, it is the key to our survival in demanding world of education. I have long believed that one teacher cannot be all things to all students. However, by sharing the responsibiltiy of teaching by developing PLN’s which provide additional resources to you and allow the student to find the supports he/she needs means that you can point the students in the right direction.

    • One of the pillars of structural innovation which our board has made a priority is the idea of collaboration and the removal of the traditional one teacher/one class model – while this has been a slow process to enact – teachers are getting better at working together and sharing. A major issue has been the historic setup of school where teachers went into a classroom and simply did there own thing – often the same thing – for the entirety of their careers. This has certainly not met the needs of students and has put teachers at the center of the learning equation and this simply doesn’t work for the needs of today’s learners.

  5. Re: reticence to share. Sharing can also help develop younger professionals! I thought I’d share this snippet from Lindenberger and Stoltz-Loike:

    Baby boomers retire, they take with them volumes of experience and information. Good working relationships between older and younger generations are critical in ensuring that this institutional knowledge is not lost as mature workers retire. The greater the mix of generations in an organization’s workforce, the more important knowledge transfer becomes and the more powerful intergenerational synergy can be…

    In our experience, we have seen baby boomers who are reluctant to mentor younger employees because they are afraid that once they share their knowledge, they will become extraneous and lose their jobs. In fact, in today’s fast-paced business environment, it is the SMEs (subject matter experts) who can capably and articulately share what they know who are the most valuable to their organizations.

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