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Monday, January 15, 2018

When a Teacher Shares...

The following is an example of what happens when teachers share.

  • Sometime around New Year's Eve 2015 - I was seeing the #OneWord hashtag being used by my Twitter PLN and see that Karly Moura created and shared a #OneWord HyperDoc for teachers to use with their students when coming back from winter break. 
  • I was inspired to use this great lesson! I make a copy of the HyperDoc, make some edits and additions to better fit my class and then reshare. 
  • For the next couple of years, I continued to tweak and make changes and reshare my version of the #OneWord HyperDoc. 
  • New Year's Eve 2017, I again update, makes changes and additions and reshare this #OneWord2018 HyperDoc

What has happened since then is nothing more than incredible for me to witness!

Of course, I received many thanks from teachers that found the shared lesson and decided to use it in their classroom. But that is not what this post is about. I'm not writing to toot my own horn or to show off and sell this lesson to you.

As the title of this post states, I want to provide you an example of what happens when teachers decide to share openly and freely in hopes to persuade other educators to share as well.

So without further ado, I present to you just a few takeaways after sharing my #OneWord2018 HyperDoc lesson.


  • YOU INSPIRE OTHERS! I was inspired by Karly with her original lesson, so after remaking I also decided to reshare. Others didn't have to use it, but it was there if they found value in it. I guess many were inspired, just check out all the tweets below that show many teachers who used the lesson to begin the new year. These teachers shared student work as well and caused a chain reaction of inspiration that led to others using the lesson, creating their own, or doing a similar activity.

  • YOUR IMPACT REACHES FAR BEYOND YOUR OWN CLASSROOM & SCHOOL! After getting such a positive reaction (as you can see from the tweets above), I was curious to the impact and reach of the lesson I shared. I tweeted out a link to a Google Form asking those that used it to let me know where they are located.  I received 118 responses with the lesson being used throughout the United States & Canada. To my surprise, I also got a response from New Zealand and Panama! This is sooo humbling because outside of my classroom, hundreds of more students also participated in this lesson. I encourage you to explore the map below and click on the points. Many teachers provided their grade level and input how they used the lesson.

  • WE BECOME BETTER TOGETHER! I didn't just receive feedback of thanks for sharing. I also was informed how admins and tech coaches used this during staff back to school PD. One way was for teachers to actually complete and create a OneWord to share with the school staff. Another way it was used for PD was to help introduce HyperDocs to teachers.  I also heard from a few teachers that by using the OneWord lesson I shared, it was their first time teaching a HyperDoc lesson or using Flipgrid in the classroom and they LOVED IT! Could have those opportunities occurred if I didn't share, probably, but sharing this lesson opened the door for those possibilities to happen now! 
  • WE CONNECT AND SHARE EVEN MORE! Built into this lesson was a shared Padlet & Flipgrid for students to share their OneWord, a way to connect with students from all over and share. As of writing this post there are over 1800 posts to the Padlet (which I believe we broke) and over 1400 responses to the Flipgrid. Wow! Separate from the students sharing, as you may have noticed from the tweets and map I included, teachers began sharing their adaptations of the lesson. Teachers made adjustments of the lesson to better fit their students just like I did. Some transformed it into a Google Slides HyperDoc, maybe changed out the resources for the inspiration section, and others added different options for students to create and share their OneWord.  And look where are. Back at the beginning with teachers sharing!


Sharing becomes this awesome cycle that gets inspiration flowing, our impact has a much greater footprint, we connect to one another to improve our craft try new things, becoming better together. Now imagine this being amplified by the hundreds of thousands or even millions of teachers that out there in the world. What kind of impact will we make on each other and our students if we all start sharing more freely and openly?

This is the concept of the HyperDocs and Teachers Give Teachers Community, which is my original inspiration to start creating and sharing. Just check out the infographic to the right for more details. With many schools adopting Gsuite for Education and other shareable technology tools, it is so easy to share a HyperDoc lesson and any other classroom resources we create with other educators around the globe!

If another teacher finds what you share useful, they can just make a copy (#FileMakeACopy) and decide to use as is or remix it to add your own twist. Whatever you do make sure and reshare giving credit to yourself and the original creator for their inspiration and hard work.

Not sure what to share? As edu-blogger and Matt Miller states in Ditch That Textbook, SHARE EVERYTHING! I'm serious. It can be full blown lessons and units you've created or just an idea that comes up in conversation. When you share...well, we already can see what the effect may be.

Not sure where to share? Here are some helpful ideas to get you going.

  • Any Social Media.  Create Pinterest boards you update with created materials. There are countless of educational Facebook groups you can join. Twitter, is full of educators constantly sharing little tidbits of knowledge, ideas, and lessons.
  • Start a blog. I'm not an avid blogger, but having a place where I can type up some thoughts or helpful ideas for other educators in greater detail then share on social media is great to have.
  • Old Fashion Face to Face or email. It is important not forget this. Share with your team, school, district. Send emails, chat with what is working and what isn't, if needed print hard copies of items to give them. 

What do you think about sharing? Where do you share? What do you think hinders educators from sharing openly and freely? Let me know by adding a comment or connect with me on Twitter, @SEANJFAHEY


  1. Absolutely wonderful post Sean. You are such a powerful and creative force. Thank you for everything you have done to support, motivate and encourage me to grow. I am proud and honored to work with you.

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