Yesterdays Blackboard Collaborate #etmooc session “Sharing is Accountability” was one of the most interesting sessions thus far in the #etmooc course and has really gotten me thinking. I also read Max’s post “What I’ve learnt so far: the meaning of ‘sharing’ ‘which got the cogs turning even more.
It would seem that we have entered the age of a culture of share. Go on almost any website and you will find a button that says ‘share this”. The culture of share is ever present among educators on Twitter and educational blogs. There is also a healthy culture of dialogue, critiquing and collaboration in these communities. I see my students taking this culture of share one step further and entering the stage of share and remix. The remix often helps them find their voices when they are struggling to find it on their own. (Perhaps a blogpost for another time…?)
Being a new teacher I have am blessed to have found the culture of share’that is out there on Twitter, Pinterest and even amoung colleagues in my building. My own fondness for sharing didn’t start until the first few months of pursuit of my education degree after I realized that this was a profession where living in ones own bubble can lead to a feeling of isolation and disillusion quickly. At fist I started small, sharing and working with people in my cohort and moved into the world of Twitter where sharing is the norm for many educators using the service. Being exposed to so many people so willing to share helped me realize sharing is something I value as a professional. I do not share because I expect anything in return but rather I share because it brings me joy and helps me become a better teacher. Sharing ideas with colleagues in my building has helped me refine them and make them better to serve my students.
Some people are overwhelmed by the amount of information and resources out there and sometimes come off as not wanting to share and participate. Some simply aren’t open to sharing. (When people say they don’t share because they don’t get anything in return when they share always reminds me of the principle of reciprocity from my first year social psych course. Oh the things that stick!)
Anyone who has tried to explain the awesomeness of Twitter for PD or emailed a few links gleaned from your Twitter stream knows the looks you get that can range from “this is cool” to “this is too much information to for me to handle” in no time at all. After experiencing the dazed looks a few too many times I have learned to tone down my ‘sharing’ and to keep it to my Tweets, Pinterest and my blogposts. That way people an choose to filter and choose what they would like to look at and use. When people ask where an idea or resource that I found on Twitter…. all bets are off and I go into share mode.
How do you share with your colleagues and peers? Are you scared to share?