Wednesday, March 9, 2011

What's this blog for?

During the internships in the teacher training program I'm in, my colleagues have described some amazing lesson ideas, written great theme unit plans, and come up with really wonderful things that I would love to implement when I have a classroom of my own. They're even willing to post them to the online conference used by the school! How great is that!?

Except that once the semester is over, everything is locked up, and no one can access the materials anymore. I have lost hundreds of great ideas that my fellow students spent hours developing. It got to the point where I felt it was not worth the effort to post and share my lesson plans, because nobody would be able to access it by the end of the semester.

Then, last fall, I came up with another solution: GoogleDocs. I worked in a group to develop a really fantastic theme unit for Grade 6 on Social Networking. We put a considerable effort into the project, and I was enthusiastic about the result. I posted all the materials to my GoogleDocs account, and encouraged other students to download them and use them. So far, I don't think that many people remember or used the link we gave them to access the information.

So I'm giving it to you now! Everything is available for download at this link. Please let me know by posting a comment if you found it useful.

This blog is intended to be a new medium for sharing lesson plans, resources, ideas, and curricular material. Post links, upload to your GoogleDocs account and share your plans, or just write about ideas you've got. Respond to ideas with extensions, adaptations, modifications, or just a thought that struck you.

I want teachers to get involved in sharing. We've got the knowledge, but we need to make access happen with less effort. It's not as if we're swimming in free time. Use the links below to share this blog with your friends on facebook and twitter, subscribe by email or use the atom feed, or just check back periodically to see what's new.

Open your lesson plans to the web. Share your ideas, and I'll share mine.

Thanks!
James.

P.S. I've decided to embed our presentation below - take a minute to check it out and learn more about our social networking theme unit. Use the "Play" arrow button to navigate through.