Sunday, February 2, 2014

Why I Will Never Charge for My Lesson Plan Ideas (or why sharing is so dern awesome!)

Three years ago, I was still teaching K-12 Art at a private school. During that time, I made a lesson plan post about turning color wheels into hot air balloons. It is one of my more popular posts.

An internet Art-teacher friend, Sadie, saw the post. She sent me an emailing saying she was going to teach the lesson plan in her class. Earlier this week, Sadie sent me images of her students' works.  Wow. She took my cutesy project, and made it about 100 times better.

My original hot air balloon lesson plan

Sadie's hot air balloons

Sadie's hot air balloons
And, this is why I love sharing lesson plans and will never charge for them. Sure, I often see a lesson plan posting on the internets that seems derivative of one of mine, but so long as the person isn't pursuing monetary compensation for sharing, I'm happy. Sure, being cited as a source is nice, but honestly, I'm more interested in the collaborative sharing.  Isn't is incredible that we are able to share and collaborate in this manner? . . across time and geography. . . and all for free!

I think the amazing works of Sadie's students is evidence of the amazing world of online Art lesson plan sharing.

So, many thanks to Sadie for sharing!

P.S. Don't you want to do her version of the lesson plan like tomorrow?!

4 comments:

  1. I'm with you 100% on this. I didn't get started blogging to make money; I did it to make connections, and I have done this so much more than than I ever anticipated. I love answering emails looking for help, since for most of my career I was a lone art teacher, without a collaborative community. I wish there had been someone for me.

    So yes, I've had it suggested to me that I ought to sell PDF's and so forth, but no. That's not why I blog. We have formed a global community, sharing with peers that we never had before. It is a wonderful thing. Good post, Amy!

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  2. Thanks for the shout out--my kids had a blast making these hot air balloons. I am so proud of their color mixing efforts! And I want to thank you for providing such inspiring lessons and always sharing your point of view. As a new art teacher a few years ago I found your blog and many others (here's looking at you, Phyl) to be invaluable sources for lesson ideas and trouble shooting classroom management and organization. As the only art teacher in my building, I've often felt isolated as my district doesn't provide a lot of PD nor PLC time with the other art teachers. So I've been super grateful for the generosity of the art teacher bloggers out there who want to share ideas. So thank you, thank you for helping me through the early stage of my time as an art educator. I always find your posts inspiring!

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  3. Just beautiful! A great way to teach the colour wheel!

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