Share My Lesson and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) hosted 45 active and retired teachers in Austin, Texas, last weekend for an around-the-clock session of updating and creating more than 200 lesson plans and teaching resources, covering all subjects and grades. These resources are now available for free download on www.sharemylesson.com. Share My Lesson provides online access to free, high-quality, user-generated lesson plans that support teachers, parents and the greater education community.
The “up all night” event spanned 42 hours as educators from across Texas collaborated on resources designed to help teachers and students alike. Fun activities, prizes and giveaways throughout the weekend kept the energy level high for participants. To include the larger school community in the weekend event, members of Texas AFT visited Pickle Elementary School where they introduced teachers, school support staff and parents to Share My Lesson and encouraged them to register throughout the weekend.
“Texas AFT stands in solidarity with the education community locally and around the country,” said Ana Pomar, Texas AFT’s director of educational issues. “Through our community outreach efforts and the contribution of valuable teaching resources to Share My Lesson, we offer solutions for educators searching for innovative ways to keep their students engaged and on a path toward success.”
Share My Lesson donated $1 for every new online registration received during the weekend. The proceeds will help fund Austin teachers’ projects on DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Having raised $2,276, Share My Lesson was able to provide funding for new books, math and technology stations, iPads and more.
“This donation will truly make a difference in the lives of my students and their ability to engage in quality literature,” said Amanda Munden, DonorsChoose.org recipient and second-grade teacher at Frank & Sue McBee Elementary School in Austin. “The early experiences they have with books will pave the way for them to become lifelong readers and learners, which is key to becoming a contributing member of society.”
Share My Lesson features nearly 300,000 resources, of which 24,000 are dedicated to the Common Core State Standards. The site has more than 595,000 registered users and has received nearly 7 million resource downloads.
For more information about Share My Lesson marathons, visit www.sharemylesson.com/marathon.