Thoughts and resources from your Instructional Coach
Collaboration - Not Just For Your Students
How Can I Connect With Other Teachers To Collaborate?
Professional Learning Networks
Subject or Interest-Specific Professional Organizations
Want to connect with other math or science teachers? Have a love of outdoor education? Do a search for professional organizations that allow you to make connections with educators with similar passions. Often members meet formally at large scale conferences or informally at chapter meetings and events.
Twitter has allowed me to make connections with educators all over the globe. I have collaborated on projects, discussed issues in education, and stumbled upon posts that ended up being the inspiration for some of my best lessons. If you are nervous about joining the Twitter community, start by creating an account and following larger, more well-known organizations. Follow your school! Contribute by tweeting when you feel ready.
Virtual Filing Cabinet
Imagine an old, clunky filing cabinet full of paper resources. Don't you wish you could get rid of all the mess but save the really neat activity or title of a book? Try creating a Virtual Filing Cabinet. Its an online space where you can store all of that great stuff. Use your Google Account to share your filing cabinet with other teachers. Here is an example of a Virtual Filing Cabinet used by Nathan Kraft (Grade 6 teacher).