In our digitally connected world, most of us have become curators of content as we utilize the technology tools in our pockets to interact with each other. We practice curation for both personal and professional reasons by saving our favorite links, images, videos, and other resources, which we have either found ourselves or have been shared with us. In turn, we usually share this curated content with each other through social media, email, text messages, etc. We can then carefully curate the information that we assemble and organize on social media, as it collectively becomes our representation of our digital selves. Even this blog is another example of curation, as I often include the links to other sources that I find valuable, and arrange my thoughts, ideas, and illustrations into a cohesive whole.
During the practice of the art and science of teaching, teachers are constantly engaged in designing resources to improve the learning experiences and achievement of their students. Depending on the culture of the school, teachers often share these lesson plans, ideas, and activities with the teachers next door or across the hall of the school building. This collaboration helps everyone focus on individual strengths, and students and teachers benefit from this shared expertise.