Here I am sitting and watching movie marathons because what else can I do on spring break when it is rainy and muddy outside, and the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is lurking around corners forcing everyone to limit movement and traveling? Honestly, it is a good time to just get back to what I started with this blog – to create a collaborative network of educators to share and exchange resources for improving classroom practices. No matter how long I have taught, or how many resources I have created, I can always grow as a professional.
To be honest, I am not the greatest about being prompt with a blog, but in my time away from blogging I have been doing some reflecting and evaluating. I know my long-term goal is to create a not for profit organization to support rural schools in America with curriculum and professional development needs. As I did some thinking about that, I decided I wanted to help other teachers as well.
I plan to do this by first, working to create a blog about learning activities at least twice a month. I will share examples from my own class and from others I have witnessed in my time in education. Almost everything I post will have a related resource of link to resources as part of the blog. I am also looking into podcasts or video uploads to accompany some of the blog entries. I am going to focus on one subject in each blog, rather than focusing on what is currently happening. Truth be told, currently only the COVID-19 is a current event. That being said, I am working on an optional activity for my students to complete at home that I will share here when finalized for others to use.
Second, I have created a drive folder to share out with those who want to contribute. To be added, you need to follow my blog - which I will get better about adding to it at least every other week- or my Facebook page and be willing to share educational resources. I really want to build this up and provide a resource for educators to collaborate. The obvious here is that this is a link to collaborate for free and no products should be recreated and listed on Teachers Pay Teachers or other pay for subscription sites. I will continue to list my current items on TeachersPayTeachers, but all my relevant resources are being moved to this folder for access by anyone who is willing to follow the blog and contribute resources.
For those interested in the collaborative folder, I have set the folder up by grade level folders. Each grade level has content specific folders in each of them. I have added some resources in multiple grade levels because they are content that could be taught within a grade span. If you wish to contribute, you can email me those in a direct email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the grade level, content, and main subject of the file so I know how to file it in the folder. Once you share the file and follow my blog, I will add you to the folder for viewing and using the materials.
There is another resource similar to this if you want access to that you can go join the Facebook group called Social Studies Network. If you go here and join, they have a similar set up that I am a member of. I will share resources in both locations for social studies related content. There are many teachers from around the globe on this site.
In a time when there is so much uncertainty, it is important to collaborate and continue to develop professionally. Follow and share my blog to help grow a network of resources.
My life journey is that of a mother, wife, grandmother, weenie dog owner, blogger, conference speaker, mini-farmer, writer and an occasional mistake maker with over 24 years in education. Follow me on Twitter @CrazyCurrChic