Hmmmm.... When I returned to school I heard (More times than I would have preferred)... "don't reinvent the wheel...use what is out there!" What they meant is that there are so many resources AND LESSON PLANS that you don't have to plan for yourself (even a fraction of what we used to). This "BORROWING" from others is now encouraged in colleges. My study partner and I (both having gone to college for teaching and years later returning to re-up ourselves) would look at each other and say...are you LEARNING that way? What happened to "you are in college to learn how to think for yourself"? SHouldn't you...if no-where else... be MADE to be original in college? And we would get our noses a bit out of joint that we were graded the same for our ORIGINAL units as those who just re-worded things they "stole" (using Harry Wong's philosophy) from others on-line. I recently went to a music reading/musical choreography session that used to inspire me before the new year started. (Just as something to do) It was refreshing...but during the breaks, I would find myself choreographing the rest of the song in advance. Where would I put the singers, what moves the boys would do, what the background performers would be doing instead of the front, and how would I accentuate the drum riff that I knew was coming up in the music next. (I do this same thing when I go to a reading workshop as well. I will be one step ahead of the speaker..thinking...how would I do THIS in my classroom?) The teacher/choreographer made a point to come up to me and say, "I can tell that you are used to working up shows on your own. have to say, I watch you, and I am inspired to borrow your moves or come up with different moves as well. It's cool to see an original thinker in the crowd." Recently, actually from HERE, some have pointed out links that contain FULL UNITS ..lesson plans, activities, worksheets, tests..even QUESTIONS that one should ask their students and a variety of ANSWERS that they could possibly give back. (I.E. "Scripts") Hmmmmmm.... What is YOUR view on this? Has the ART of teaching (working up ORIGINAL lessons...writing your OWN script) become as old fashioned as the chalkboard? Of course it is easier (and there is a LOT of great stuff out there), but is it also TOO sad that people aren't working it up -learning through doing - on their own? **Note: I, obviously, come from a music background. I was a department of one. I didn't have a team to collaborate with. My motto was "if it's meant to be, it's up to me." Maybe I'm just not as used to this collaboration/share rather than create from scratch sort of thinking that teams build on. I would sure like opinions here. Are others feeling the same as I...or is it more... it's out there, why create it yourself?