Teachers helping teachers—that’s what the AFT is all about and that’s the goal of the union’s brand-new website. Share My Lesson, launched yesterday, is slated to become the nation’s largest online community for U.S. teachers to collaborate and share teaching resources and innovative ideas, according to AFT.
Any educator from pre-school to college can register and use the site, which, says AFT President Randi Weingarten,
supports teachers by giving them a place to come together and share their knowledge, skills, lesson plans and effective classroom strategies. It's by teachers, for teachers and is an easy-to-use source for classroom resources—and it's free. It will become every teacher's go-to online destination for the support they need.
AFT partnered with Britain’s TES Connect, committing $10 million to develop and maintain the site. TES Connect is the world’s largest network of teachers, with more than 2 million teacher members, offering more than 400,000 resources and logs 2.5 million downloads weekly.
Weingarten noted that teachers are so hungry for resources, especially now in cash-starved schools, that 50 percent of teachers leave the teaching profession within their first five years because of a lack of support, deep education budget cuts and other frustrations. This teacher-turnover crisis costs $7.3 billion annually, with unknown costs to children's education.
Teachers are expected to do so much, often with very little support, and they are thirsty for the tools they need to improve instruction. The AFT decided to accept the challenge and make its biggest investment ever in a tool to improve the teaching profession.
Check out this video introducing Share My Lesson here.