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Why Collaborate?

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Why do teachers often work in isolation? So often we make lesson plans by ourselves, come up with our own unit projects alone, and try to find ways to improve our instruction. We forget that there is power in numbers. It is important that we work on developing conversations and networks with colleagues who have similar interest. Through collaboration we grow as educators and we inspire and energize one another. Collaborating improves instruction. How often have you wanted to take on a project but you were not sure how to implement it? There might be someone out there to give you some guidance or wants to do the same thing. What do you want to collaborate on? Post it here, let us know, we are waiting.

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Amy Coleman's picture

I am looking for a classroom to Skype with. I am also in Oak Harbor... 4/5 split. Maybe do a PBL (project based learning)project or something.

Mary Moran's picture
Mary Moran
6th grade teacher; STEM Magnet school in Maple Grove, Minnesota

My classroom created a digital insect collection using Voicethread. We are very interested in receiving comments from other students/teachers on the insects. We also would like to partner with a class from somewhere else in the US or World to compare insects found in our school backyards. I have some materials I would be willing to share if your class is interested. My students also are preparing insect investigations to share at a schoolwide Insect Fair next week, and many groups will be presenting at an Insect Fair at the University of Minnesota in December. Please contact me at, and see/comment on our digital insect collection at

Steve J. Moore's picture
Steve J. Moore
I'm a writing teacher in Kansas City

[quote]I am looking for a classroom to Skype with. I am also in Oak Harbor... 4/5 split. Maybe do a PBL (project based learning)project or something.[/quote]

I know that Eric Sheninger ( does a lot with Skype in his school. It may be a good place to start if you ask him.

Betty Ray's picture
Betty Ray
Senior Editor at Large

[quote]I am looking for a classroom to Skype with. I am also in Oak Harbor... 4/5 split. Maybe do a PBL (project based learning)project or something.[/quote]

Hi Amy -
Here's another great resource I just found for Skype in schools:

GS Chandy's picture
GS Chandy
Educational background: Engineering; Graduate school (math)

I'm seeking collaborators to apply a powerful generic aid for problem solving and decision making to issues of enhancing 'teaching-&-learning systems' in all fields. Some brief information outlined below:

The tool is called the 'One Page Management System' (OPMS, based on the seminal contributions to systems science by the late John N. Warfield (Emeritus Professor, George Mason University (GMU), Fairfax, VA, USA). Information about Warfield's work is found at and at the 'John N. Warfield Collection' held at the GMU library (see We (Warfield's followers) claim that 'general systems theory' became 'systems science' directly through his contributions.

The OPMS enables individual or group users to choose a Mission of current interest and then asks a series of trigger questions about the Mission. The ideas generated in response to those trigger questions are the 'elements' of the system to be developed to help accomplish the Mission. These elements are integrated by way of powerful modeling tools developed by Warfield (Interpretive Structural Modeling - ISM - and Field Representation (FR). ISM specifically enables the THINGS TO DO perceived to accomplish the Mission to be integrated into an effective Action Plan to accomplish it. The FR method enables users to create the comprehensive system and all needed subsystems to help working towards the Mission. The OPMS integrates all elements and models created while working towards a Mission into a 'global model', represented on a single page, with linkages to all the detailed elements and models created.

The OPMS has been successfully applied to a sizable number of individual and organisational Missions. One specific OPMS created may be of interest to members of this group: a freshman college student had approached me many years ago (long before the OPMS software was created) asking if OPMS could help him improve his results in math. We articulated his Mission as: "To understand all topics in my math syllabus thoroughly and thereby to improve my results significantly in my math exams".

I should emphasize that I gave him no 'math tuition' whatsoever: I merely showed him how to articulate his thoughts in response to the trigger questions; how to construct the appropriate models; 'what to do next' at each stage of development of his OPMS.

I worked with him for an hour or so each day for about a month when I was called away from Bangalore on a long-term assignment. I left him a sizable number of 'homework' OPMS assignments to do; this was during 1988 or so, long before Internet became available - so we did not correspond much. About 8 months later I heard from him to the effect that he had systematically worked on developing his OPMS, and that he was now regularly getting over 75% in all his math exams, tests, etc.

Now the prototype OPMS software is available, and it becomes much simpler to develop an OPMS for any Mission of interest. I am seeking collaborators from teachers and educators in any field to apply the OPMS to helping create effective 'teaching-&amp-learning systems in any field. I shall freely provide the OPMS software along with guidance to apply it to the collaborator's Mission(s) of interest. No charges or fees whatsoever, but we should enter into an appropriate agreement to share the profits, if any, of any systems that develop through this collaboration. I'd expect the collaborator to sign a 'non-disclosure agreement' before we start the collaboration process.

I'd be happy to send more information as required - either to this group - or to the collaborators' email ids if provided. I have a sizable amount of needed documentation available, mainly as PowerPoint presentations and Word and Excel documents. If, on studying this documentation, you feel interested in/ intrigued by my claims about the OPMS, I shall then be happy to make freely available copies of the OPMS software for you to use on your Mission(s) of interest, and I shall also provide (limited) needed guidance as well to initiate the project you choose; if the collaboration should develop further, all needed 'OPMS'-guidance could be provided, while the collaborator provides all needed know-how on the discipline of interest.

Please feel free to seek any clarifications or further information required.


Jenny Davis's picture
Jenny Davis
Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment Union, MO

Our teachers have time to collaborate, but I think many of them would like to pick other Missourian's heads. We are at Union R-XI, my email is and I work w/the district's curriculum.

LeeAnn Gibbs's picture
LeeAnn Gibbs
Bringing the Tools & Training for Collaboration & PLC Development

True collaboration is how great ideas become fabulous! What I find as PLC developer is that our culture doesn't really know HOW to collaborate. I find myself in culture after culture where a few folks resist the idea of learning with and in front of each other. I realize that it is vulnerable to put idea out in front of each other AND I believe it is time educators excelled in becoming emotionally intelligent collaborators.
Any one interested in discovering the skills of learning relationships for educators?

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