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Posted on October 12, 2015 12:41 am
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yHamyN
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A Case of Non-Sharing
Kathy was hired as a new language arts teacher in her school, only having ever taught social studies. The woman who previously taught her possession was given a new title as the gifted teacher for the school and therefore, no longer teaches the subject. Kathy has been struggling because she is not familiar with the lessons and the previous teacher won't share any of her unit plans, instructional strategies, or previous lessons and resources. How would you handle this situation if you were Kathy? Is this something you bring up to administration or try to solve on your own? What have you done when a colleague refuses to share his/her resources with you?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 14, 2015 12:37 am

QejyHu
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Is there another teacher in the district that Kathy can collaborate with or be mentored by? There is always the internet and tons of resources that you can purchase and find online. Kathy can join online support groups through Edmodo and find other teachers who teach the same subject and they are willing to help and support by give ideas as well as find ideas on Pinterest and find groups there. But surely she is not the only language arts teacher in the school or the district. Find one in another school if need be. I am the only one who teaches my subject in my school but I have a colleague at our other high school and we collaborate as well as I collaborate with other teachers across the state and in other states. Reach out online. Kathy is not alone!!!
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Solution 2
Posted October 12, 2015 4:17 am

ysaZan
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Kathy will have to solve this problem on her own. If she goes to the principal, the teacher she is tattling on will be bitter and not much help after that, even if the principal tells her to "play nice." Kathy should seek out a different teacher for guidance and hopefully some plans, and she should be willing to share what she comes up with as well. Fortunately, when it comes to plans, as a last-ditch effort, there is always the internet, where teachers can find plans for everything. They may not be perfect, but they are a starting point.
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Solution 3
Posted October 19, 2015 12:32 am

eJeSaX
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I don't see this as an issue for administration. I would ask around to find others with possible resources, perhaps even the administrator would be helpful here.
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Solution 4
Posted October 12, 2015 6:05 pm

uhaBeJ
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Unfortunately, this is her problem to solve alone. Going to the principal is not a good choice because the other teacher is not doing anything wrong. While it is nice to have colleagues that are willing to share, it is not a requirement. As a teacher, we are not entitled to receiving anyone else's work. We were hired to do to the work ourselves. She is going to have to buckle down, work hard, and develop her own materials. Hopefully she will be in the same spot for several years and able to utilize those materials in years to come.
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