Unfortunately I was unable to participate in any live sessions this week, but I did manage to watch two of the recorded sessions (Connected Learning and Sharing) and they both got me thinking. I sat down and drew this little map of how I share.
At first I thought I really don’t share at all (see my previous post) but after actually thinking about it I realized I do share, but my sharing is more localized or private rather than public. On a daily basis I share with my colleagues (both in my department and across the school). I regularly meet with a district learning team, I have presented within our district for years at various pro-d sessions. I have presented in a number of districts across the province and at our provincial science teachers conference. But these are really ‘closed’ groups. You either have to know me or be connected to me in some way. It’s not possible to just ‘stumble’ upon these sharing pieces.
I do have a few things on-line, however they were mostly put there by others. Science World collected and shared presentations from a conference. I shared with a teacher (@gooomanji) in our district who creates a digital newsletter (Bright Idea Gallery) and a website. Our Ministry of Ed grabbed my work from his website. So really, I didn’t share, I just let someone else share about me.
What I realized is that I am already sharing, which means it should actually be easier than I thought to share more publicly. I can take what I’m already sharing and change the venue or format, but I have the content ready to go. I feel like I am such a beginner here!
The other part of the sessions that really resonated with me was Dean Shareski’s point about ‘sharing a draft’. Everything is a work in progress, even if I’m making it public.