Last weeks EC&I 831 class with Dean Shareski has had me thinking lots recently about the need for sharing in Education. I find that I am a huge supporter of sharing and I truly appreciate it when people share with me. In my reading of everyone’s blogs this week I came upon Sarah’s blog posting, Who’s YOUR Teacher. In this post, she talks about a conversation that she had with a friend of hers that is currently on maternity leave. I am one of those people who has used (and will continue to use) some of this wonderful teachers ideas and resources. When I was first starting off in a Kindergarten position, this specific teacher was very helpful in steering me in the right direction and providing me with different on-line resources, as well as tradition paper resources that could be used in the classroom. I am so very grateful that she shared with me and I know that others are also. I hope that she truly understands that her past experiences have not only evolved her teaching style, but by sharing her knowledge with so many others that she has in turn also helped us by sharing her vast knowledge.
After listening to Dean talk during class, I found myself continually thinking about sharing and how I view my role in sharing. When it comes to sharing in different on-line forms, I feel as if I am quite comfortable with that. The main reason why I have no problem sharing different ideas, thoughts, resources, etc on-line is because if I don’t put it out there for people to see then they won’t see it at all. So in a way, I am limiting what I share to what I feel comfortable sharing. You see, I am constantly second guessing different things that I do, but I find that when I put something on-line, it is only the things that I feel very comfortable with.
My final project has required me to take a bit of a leap of faith. I am sharing my thoughts and interpretations with people that I have never met and will probably never meet. However, I know that by sharing these things I might be making someone’s life just a little bit easier. I still find it difficult to put myself out there like that but I am getting more and more used to it. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and resources with others because without others I wouldn’t be in the position that I am in now and be able to share also.
However, back to my title for this post, I find it difficult to swallow when people “take” things. A number of times I have walked into my classroom to find another teacher going through my resources. I am more than willing to share what I have with her but for some reason it rubs me the wrong way to find her going through my stuff. When she notices me in the room, she will always say something like “I hope you don’t mind me doing this. I noticed that you were working on . . . earlier this week and it looked like something that I want to try.” Of course, I usually simply tell her that it is not a problem. Although it bothers me that she thinks it is completely acceptable to go through someone’s stuff, I don’t want to tell her that she is not welcome to it, especially if it means that she won’t have to “re-invent the wheel” so to speak because we are both teaching the same grade level. I simply wish that she would ask before she does something like that.