Have you ever found a great resource on the web that you would like to use to teach your students but ended up spending hours turning it into something you could use because the file was in PDF or some other non-adjustable format? Are you the type of teacher who likes sharing lesson content ideas with other professionals? Would you like to have easy access to lesson materials in their original file format so that you can customize them to your teaching style in the format that you have chosen? Then the Weber School District (WSD) Math-3 (honors) Professional Learning Community (PLC) file sharing site is for you.
I created the WSD Math3H PLC file sharing site as my Math for America (MfA) Master Teacher project. My vision for the file sharing site is an outgrowth of the The Weber School District file sharing site called "Weber Tube" which allows Weber School District teachers to upload their teaching files that they can then embed into their blogs. Unfortunately, the files on WeberTube all end up being PDF and are not customizable.
The WeberTube file sharing site gets quite a bit of traffic. In fact, my files have been viewed over 197,000 times!
I wanted access to original content and felt that sharing my own materials was an "even trade." I have created my own file sharing site for uploading files in their original file format as a means of bringing together member lesson ideas so that everyone can benefit. The link to my site is: http://math3h.pbworks.com/ which takes you to the FrontPage.
The file organization format follows a schedule of topics that was developed based upon the Weber School District Math-3 Scope and Sequence Document (a suggested order of topics created by a team of Weber School District teachers). Each PLC member takes the lead responsibility for a given week on an alternating basis. The lead person selects in advance the lesson they are responsible for and other members provide inputs to that lesson. Lesson inputs can be used by the lead lesson preparer but are not required to be used. The goal is having original content available. For the first iteration of this process, one finalized lesson per week is the goal.
Members upload files and put them into the folder corresponding to the week that topic is listed on the schedule.
If you do not teach Math-3 (honors), I envision the project expanding to include Math-2 and Math-1. If you would like to be involved in the project by uploading content for your own use and sharing your own materials, go to the file sharing site: math3h.pbworks.com and click on the link requesting to join. If that does not work, please send a request to email@example.com (subject: math3h.pbworks.com).
We can all benefit from a file sharing site like this. Please consider joining.
About the author: Jeff Long teaches math at Roy High School in the Weber School District. He coordinates the Weber School District Math-3 (honors) Professional learning community whose file sharing site is math3h.pbworks.com. His school bog is at http://blog.wsd.net/jelong/ .
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