As the old saying goes It takes a village to raise a child. I’ve always included education as being a significant part of that.
Over the course of raising a child many of those around them, the village as it were, clearly contribute to their upbringing. As parents set examples for children so do many others. Changing this proverb a bit one could also say:
It takes a village to educate a child.
A teacher and parents are only a few of many in the village that truly contribute to a child’s education. As these members of the proverbial village discover and expose students to resources this is where it becomes extremely beneficial for resources be shared. Not only just from a financial perspective but just from an efficiency perspective. Or put another way, why reinvent the wheel?
As a parent you may find yourself soliciting input from friends and family about one aspect or another of your child. Asking friends if a movie is appropriate, asking which parks are the best, or even asking for advice on the latest craze in clothes. This same approach can and should be taken by teachers; leveraging the experience and resources around you.
If a teacher is in need of a resource to learn about the California Condor it may not make the best use of their time to wade through millions of results from a traditional search engine. With services such as Twitter, 19Pencils and the plethora of educational communities it’s now easier than ever to discover, save and share educational resources with colleagues. Or put another way, truly being a part of the village. As a teacher who truly wants the best for their students you should build your PLN and leverage it.
Take the time to share resources and educational discoveries with your colleagues as well as student’s parents. Everyone wins and they will thank you for it. Besides it’s far better to give than to receive.