Amen to that! You should request a district wide content meeting to discuss
these issues. I was very reactive in my curriculum when I was younger. Now
that I have a few gray hairs I've learned to be proactive. When I have a
cool new lesson I want to try, I e-mail the high school teachers (I teach
middle school) to check if they do that or a similar lesson. It is more
work but I think it is how I would want to be treated.
Here is a sad story about lesson poaching. A wonderful teacher presented a
lesson at our state convention a few years ago. Another teacher took this
lady's handouts and printed them in book of lessons that she was selling.
Needless to say she was angry, hurt and a host of other feelings. We just
need to be considerate of others.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, October 16, 2006 8:08 PM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Borrowing lesson ideas
I agree that we all gain by borrowing and sharing ideas. 'And sharing' is
the operative word. We're all individual as artists--and as teachers, as
well. I'm in a district where we share ideas and no two of us teach the
same lesson the same.
THAT SAID, poaching someone's lesson idea and teaching it to a lower level
class when you know those students will go on to be in the upper level class
is a REALLY ROTTEN thing to do. In my old elementary school, the English
teachers all had an agreement that books used for curriculum in one grade
were not to be assigned at other grade levels.
If you're in this situation, I think your chair has to put curriculum
mapping on the agenda of the next departmental meeting.