RESOURCE: Should Teachers Share Online?
There are some who feel that teachers who share are the best teachers. In fact, Shareski more directly states that you don’t have to share to be a great teacher, but doing so does make you great. I disagree. Not sharing makes you a less-than-great teacher. In other words, it is impossible to be a great teacher without sharing and without the necessary tools to get the job done. Would you hire a plumber to fix your sink if that plumber did not have the tools necessary to do the job? Teachers rely on objects, materials, technologies, etc. to teach, just as doctors rely on objects, materials, technologies, etc. to help cure people. Would you go to a psychiatrist who hadn’t studied, or who had not kept up with the latest discourse around the most current treatments? Isn’t formal and informal study just a big sharing exercise? How many teachers would hold back or admit to holding back what they know to their students due to a fear of sharing?