Remixing Teaching

Teachers get together to share what's worked for them, with the intent of finding something they can remix for their own purposes.

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Austin Kleon's work in Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work have much to offer teachers. In these two books, essentially, he posits that there is not really any more real originality, and that, in essence, we have been "remixing" ideas that came before us. If we're doing this ethically, we're open about what we appropriate and adapt.

Most teachers just consider that the way they do things, am I right?

A French teacher I worked with is the other inspiration for this idea. She talked to students, and me, about the stuff they were doing in my English classroom. She remixed some of my projects for use in her French class.

What if we were more purposeful in doing this in our learning communities?

We often create silos of disciplines, where strategies, projects and all the cool stuff we do exists only within the context of that class. However, if we were sharing things, talking process and purpose, showing artifacts and discussing how students learn through what's happening in our little subject specific fiefdoms, imagine what could happen...

Could we be sharing and remixing good teaching practices more often?

I'm gonna go with a yes here folks.

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I love the idea of teachers not re-inventing the wheel by sharing educational materials and best teaching practices! One additional tweak would be for teachers to identify the learning goals on everything they use or produce. Something should not roll off of the copier without it being apparent to students and other teachers why this paper is an important teaching tool.

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