Sharing (Ideas) is Caring

sharing-ideasIn my opinion, the one thing that really helps teachers professional development is sharing.  Sharing anything is helpful, from lesson ideas to a ride home – but there hardly seems time in the day to even fit in a cup of tea with staff that don’t happen to teach in the room next door, so what can we do?

Our courses all make time for sharing ideas, it’s an important part of learning after all, but that doesn’t help people who don’t get a chance to come.  That’s why you should be turning to the internet!

Sharing Ideas on Social Media

Facebook and twitter don’t always spring to mind as a work tool, in fact they normally reduce productivity!  But actually, they are an excellent opportunity to chat and share ideas with other teachers, scientists and everybody else while you are at it.  But you have to be in the right place, just posting on your wall probably isn’t the way forward…


Here are a few groups that it might be worth having a look at on Facebook:

Don’t forget to check out the files section of the group to see what all the helpful members have uploaded to support each other.  Don’t just be a leech though, try to share anything you can back into the groups to keep them going.

And how about searching twitter for primary science related hash tags?  Here are a few to get you started:

But take the time to search your favoured social media platform for like-minded professionals and then start sharing ideas – it really will make your life easier in the long run.  Not to mention I know at least one person who found love with a like minded teacher over social media. (I make no promises of course!)

In the interest of sharing I’m going to be trying to put together some ideas for different areas of the Primary Science Curriculum and sharing them on this blog.  I’ll also post to social media, it’s the thing to be doing after all!  Watch this space…


About the author: Matt Stanford

Matt Stanford
Matt has been working in education for 10 years, teaching science to all ages from preschool to degree. Before he became a teacher he studied chemistry at Masters level and completed his PhD at The University of Warwick. It was during his time at university that he got involved in outreach work in local primary schools and found his passion for inspiring learning.

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