In my opinion, professional learning networks are very much like PLCs. They serve many functions, but one of the lesser known functions is that of support when we aren’t at our very best.
Our normal contributor for this part of the month is Chelsea Haynes. Last month, her blog centered around the Next Generation Science Standards and how teachers can best utilize and implement the new standards. Unfortunately, some life events prevented Chelsea from being able to write this month, but I wanted to rally around her and the whole science education community. After all, if we are a network and community, we should help each other.
I am reminded of when my daughter was born. For obvious reasons, I was not at my best for quite a while. However, my PLC rallied and picked up my slack. My department chair offered to plan some of my lessons and grade some of my student work. And people from around the district provided me with more resources than I knew what to do with. In short, though I was unable to think straight on 3 hours of sleep a night, my community and networks recognized one essential fact in education:
Your students are mine and mine are yours.
A rising tide raises all ships, and with their help, my ship did not sink.
My ask for the next three days is simple. Let’s keep Chelsea’s conversation going. If you are a science teacher and have anything that is worth sharing about the NGSS, SHARE IT by commenting or tweeting Chelsea @MrsHaynesSci. If you are not a science teacher, reach out to the rockstar science teachers you know and ask them to contribute. When one of us is down, it is up to the rest of us to pick up the slack for a bit.
For my part, I would like to offer this blog which has many resources and a solid, reflective bent.
Please, let us, as a community, step up for Chelsea and for all science teachers in this district. Share, reach out, and let us raise our collective voices for our students.