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American Teacher
September/October 2012


Feature Story
By teachers, for teachers

The AFT has partnered with a British company to launch "Share My Lesson," a website that allows teachers like Amy Spies to share resources and innovative ideas.

When teachers stay awake at night struggling to come up with creative ways to reach a particularly challenging student, or puzzling out a fresh approach to an old lesson plan, they might turn to any number of resources for help—but which are legitimate? And will they meet the new Common Core State Standards?

Share My Lesson covers all the bases. Officially launched by the AFT and Britain’s TES Connect at the AFT national convention in Detroit July 28, this new digital platform allows educators to collaborate and share teaching resources and innovative ideas.

Developed by teachers, for teachers, Share My Lesson already includes more than 250,000 resources, and that collection is expected to grow rapidly as more educators add to it. The user-generated content will be supplemented by tens of thousands of contributions from hundreds of content partners, including Sesame Street, Oxfam, GreenTV and Encyclopaedia Britannica. Educators can register and start using the site immediately, for free, utilizing its offerings or contributing materials of their own.

In fact, many convention delegates and other participants registered right at the Detroit convention during a demonstration designed to show how easy the system is to use.


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American Teacher covers a wide range of activities of interest to preK-12 educators. It includes classroom resources and profiles of members, as well as reports on education reform efforts, teachers' rights, union organizing, effective teaching techniques and other education and labor issues. American Teacher is published six times a year and is mailed to all preK-12 educators who are members of the AFT as a benefit of membership. Single copies are free on request. Questions, comments and inquiries about American Teacher should be sent to its managing editor Roger Glass.  
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