Short-term Goal - Share your favorite lesson.
Long-term Goal - Prepare a presentation for a workshop on online conference. Share your resources and ideas during this presentation.
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This is the first challenge that I've done out of sequence and it niggles me because there's something very satisfying about a neat and ordered arrangement. At least to my little brain! But it's just a number, a label, and there's no logical progression going on here so I suppose it doesn't matter too much. (...and I'll try to resist the temptation to fiddle the dates of my out-of-sequence missives?!)
Today's quote comes from Chris Lehmann who says "It is no longer enough to do powerful work if nobody sees it."
- If no one sees it, how can anything be judged to be powerful?
- If it was enough previously what has changed now?
- Was it ever enough to do powerful work quietly?
- Is this any different from "don't hide your light under a bushel", which has biblical provenance?
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I am totally in favour of sharing resources whenever possible. I don't have any lesson plans as such to share with you but I do have a kind of curriculum, supporting notes and exercises in the form of my Clive Sir wiki which I made available right from the start of my current work here in Sri Lanka. I use it as a basis for most of my lessons though I do have other lessons which revolve around Twitter, Blogging, Google Reader, Tweetdeck and Facebook, none of which are covered in the wiki yet.
In my wiki you'll also find my collection of more than one thousand Education blogs which is great for searching or just dipping into randomly for inspiration.
I do often think how great it would be to make a collaboratively-built resource along the lines of Wikipedia but for educators. It would be world-scale - massive - and would need to be well structured and resourced. The premise is that the wheel is being re-invented time and time again in every classroom throughout the world - wouldn't it be cool to build an indexed repository of lesson plans or ideas which could be searched, retrieved and then adapted to individual needs? There just seems to be so much duplication of effort going on. Imagine, if instead, each of thousands of educators put just one high-quality unique plan into the pool - a huge resource would become instantly available. And if you took a plan out and made a customised derivative, that could be fed back in to continuously build the pool. There would be leechers, of course, but so what? I'll bet that many educators would be more than happy to share and build.
* * *I've decided today to share with you some of the drawings I made with my students in India (at the SISP NGO) to introduce the ideas of perspective and pattern. They were all produced with MSPaint which is a surprisingly versatile little package and comes free on every MSWindows-based computer. Maybe these will trigger further thoughts: