Thursday, 18 September 2014

30-Day Blogging Challenge: Day 18: Collaborative Curator

Day 18: Create a metaphor/simile/analogy that describes your teaching philosophy.

Sage on the stage is ancient history.

Guide on the side no longer responds to the needs of a modern learner.

Teachers today need to be collaborative curators.

We need to:

  • respond to our students passions and interests
  • embrace the ideas of our students
  • create situations for our students to learn and extend their learning
  • provide resources for our students
  • learn alongside our students
  • help curate the massive amounts of information found in texts and online
  • conference and collaborate with our students
  • provide opportunities for our students to collaborate and work together within our classrooms and our buildings
  • provide opportunities for our students to collaborate outside of our classrooms and around the world
  • celebrate our students' successes 
  • share our students' learning and help control the message they put into the world
By helping to create environments for our students to collaborate with us, each other and the world and by curating and sharing information and resources with them, we help our students to challenge themselves, create and prepare for their futures.

Think about it, are you a collaborative curator?


  1. Shauna,
    I LOVE this post and couldn't agree more. My new trip to Kinder is a great indicator of the importance of encouraging our students to take chances and further their queries. Learning alongside them and celebrating their successes are, by far, the best parts of being a teacher!

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Sue! It's easy to get caught up in administrative elements of being a teacher, but it's certainly better to focus on the learning that happens in any day - both for children and adults in the room. It's kind of a magical thing.

  2. Love the post and so true for real learning experiences, sharing and learning from each other and the world. It is so important to unpack collaborative skills at the beginning of the year so students could really understand the criteria and it sets them for the year.

    1. Thanks, Rola. Nobody does Collaborative Curation better than you!

      I like that you wrote about "unpacking skills". Collaboration skills, like so many other things, need to be explicitly explored, modelled and practiced in order to set up a positive learning environment for all.