At whatever point BetterLesson goes public, it will be the only game in town for teachers sharing lesson content with other teachers. BetterLesson answers an essential question, "how do we get teachers to connect and share their work?" with more force, clearer vision, and better funding than any other solution preceding it. I take a declarative tone here only because I've spent much of the last two years investigating and discarding those other solutions.
Over the last two weeks, I have beta-tested BetterLesson, debated its merits with Kate Nowak on Twitter, interviewed its CEO/founder Alex Grodd, and composed my own review, which *spoiler* is very, very mixed. Like I said: the BetterLesson team has pursued a clear vision with great force. I take two exceptions to that vision — one philosophical and one pragmatic.
This week is dedicated only secondarily to BetterLesson. I'll post the transcript of my interview with Alex followed by my review of BetterLesson itself. Primarily, though, we're talking about how teachers share and I am grateful for anything you can contribute to that conversation.
I told Alex that my commenters typically deliver savage, measured feedback, punching my ideas in the jaw more often than praising them. The BetterLesson team is nothing if not eager for feedback so Alex has offered BetterLesson beta accounts to the first fifty readers to register for an account listing "dy/dan" where it asks you to describe how you heard about BetterLesson. Get on it. Let's talk about it.